On the morning of Saturday 16th July, I set out with three companions – Rebecca Burn-Callander, Kate Bassett and Kier Wiater Carnihan – to walk 100km in 30 hours across the South Downs in aid of The Gurkha Welfare Trust and Oxfam. We’ve collected nearly £2000 for our efforts, it would be great if you could help us reach this target and beyond. We have until 30th September to collect sponsorship, but as our Virgin Just Giving page has closed please email firstname.lastname@example.org if you wish to support the Gurkhas and Oxfam, two very worthwhile causes.
This was the most difficult challenge I have ever undertaken not just physically but also (and more so) mentally. The weather was against us which didn’t help. We had a lot of wind and rain but I was glad we didn’t have the glorious sunshine I had been hoping for all week as this would have been overpowering and dehydration, heat exhaustion or sunstroke could have been a problem.
I’d like to say a massive thank you to our support crew who fed, watered and supported us all through the good, the bad and the ugly. I cannot describe the feeling of crossing the finishing line, I put this mostly down to exhaustion and numbness. I don’t remember much other than I cried a bit and we had to stand on the podium to be photographed by the official photographers, Kate’s parents and Charlie. The pleasure of bubbles, rudely interrupted by a massive downpour and thunderstorm, followed by Gurkha curry awoke my senses partially and then all I could think about was getting in the free-standing roll-top bath in our hotel suite, so that’s exactly what I did. My legs were so stiff that night and in fact for the following week, particularly my left hip which I experienced some pain in during the latter part of the walk. Simply exhausted, I dragged my carcass into bed. When I awoke the clock in the room read 8 o’clock but I had no idea whether it was morning or night and felt paralysed such was the resistance of my body to my brain’s commands for movement. Turns out it was morning, still an early riser even after walking an epic 100km…..