Christopher Aggett

The Frontline Walk 2022: The Western Front

A trip to the beach.

I’m taking part in the Frontline Walk - a 100km trek to commemorate the sacrifices made by those who fought for our freedom whilst helping to support the soldiers and veterans of today. 

Even before I joined the British Army and left 6 years later, I always had absolute respect for the veterans of WW1 and WW2. There has always been some connection I felt. I can’t tell you what it is, just that it’s there. I will use my author and podcast platform to raise funds. I will be completing many training walks through the year and posting some great pictures on the blog below. You can follow this and see how I progress and see the amazing places I find! 

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My Updates

2 WEEKS TO GO!

How crazy it feels to be saying that The Frontline Walk is just 2 weeks away. Actually, less than 2 weeks as I write this. Well, the training has been fun; it has been adventurous. Has it prepared me, time will tell. Do I feel prepared? Perhaps. There is still a worry that my ankle could become inflamed over the 3 days, but I am sure I will make it. I am determined to do so. I often feel stressed about things to where I am not thinking of the excitement. This feels different. It could be down to the preparation I have put in, and that I have passed my fundraising target thanks to the amazing people I know. It really has been incredible already and I am nowhere near France yet. Amazingly, I have also found out that my great grandfather served in the military. My father has 4 medals of his that I really hope I can pick up before our departure and wear them at the Menin gate. Along with my medal from Afghanistan that I have never ever worn. It will be a proud day if I can. So, heres to the next two weeks of training and preparation. I am also preparing interviews to be published the week I am away. All are to do with veterans in some way or the other. The first interview you can see is my conversation with the wonderful Terry Wenham. We were so involved in a conversation that we didn't actually record an introduction! My next post here will be after the walk. So, thank you for everyones support, I will see you on the other side! 

The first of the big training walks out of the way.

So with any event, the training plan can be a little daunting. However, I have really enjoyed this. Hiking is a new thing for me. I have done it in the past, but not with any consistency or adventure. I have been using All Trails to find new routes that match the training plan provided by this helpful charity. Last weekend, I completed a 14 mile hike in South Wales. It was seriously tough as a result of the relentless elevation but completely worth it. I understand the majority of The Western Front walk will be fairly flat, but living in South Wales means most routes are not. This is fine. The views come with the effort. I hope you enjoy the pictures. In fact, as I write this, I am soon to be heading to Sugarloaf. Sugar Loaf is one of the highest peaks in the heart of the Black Mountains. It stands at 596m high and offers glorious panoramic views across South Wales, the Brecon Beacons, and into south-west England. This is a short walk in comparison. It is actually a rest week. This is a couple of hours, relaxed trekking. And I am honored to be walking this with an old friend. In fact, he is a friend of mine from when we both served in the British Army. I haven't seen him for 12 years! And now, down to this event, I am to meet him on a wet mountain in Wales! This experience has already been incredible for me and I am nowhere near France or Belgium. In 6 weeks, though, I will be almost over. A scary thought. The fundraising is going exceptionally well. Thanks to donations from friends like the one I will be walking with today, I am now just £88 pounds of the £1250 ABF target! AMAZING. Thank you all. 

9 weeks to go!

With 9 weeks to go things start to feel a little real! Those 9 weeks will go quickly and as I am now following the provided training plan, I am starting to feel a little pressure. My ankles are going through some interesting adaptions and I have found that heel lifts are working well to combat this. It seems that although my mind feels young, my body doesn't! I put in the miles over the weekend during the UK heatwave. 33 degrees for a 5-mile walk followed by 10 miles on Sunday. It was hot! I am trying to keep to the training plan as much as possible but have found myself swimming and cycling if need be. I am very close to hitting the £1k mark and hope to pass that very soon. With donations coming in from my workplace and a potential match-it scheme, I don't feel I will have issues in achieving the target. I am getting excited!

The training begins... officially!

So, with just over 12 weeks to go, the official training plan has begun! And, I received my new boots just in time.
It has not been an easy journey already. I have had multiple injuries this year and my previous boots were faulty. The boots were sent away and the company was great enough to refund me. So, I now have a new pair of Adidas Terrex Goretex mid boots. They are superbly comfortable from the first wear. So, I will be wearing them over the next few weeks as my training plan increases in intensity. Time is passing quickly and with just over 12 weeks left thoughts of the kit list, recording equipment, and accommodation, start swirling around in my mind. I hope to be prepared for this event so that I can enjoy it as much as possible. I am really looking forward to it and I know it will be a memory that will last a lifetime. 

The walking continues.

Training is going well at the moment. Despite some rubbing from the Terrex boots, I am really enjoying the training. I am finding The Old Frontline podcast to be a fantastic companion. It really helps me understand some of what went on, and more importantly, understand how the territory was fought over. The territory that we will walk this October. You can see one of my latest walks here: https://youtu.be/vcJW6_hh3Kk. I took my YouTube viewers to the beach! 

7.6 miles, 1,159 Calories & a Guinness!

The sea front on the way to the Western Front. Each Sunday I have free I am making it my mission to find new and fun hikes. Exploring my local surroundings and pushing further out than I would. Today was beautiful. No rubbing, legs felt strong too. But I was struggling with a sore back for reasons unknown. I have thanked sponsors on my social pages of late, including my podcasts pages. The fans of the show have made some incredible donations. Once in fact donated £100. Which is fantastic. I will continue to work hard and bring fantastic pictures with me. Next week I travel to Chepstow. I plan to see Tintern Abbey and whatever else the area has to offer. Then make it back to the pub in time for the start of The Six Nations! Where my team Wales will take on Ireland on their turf! Exciting times.

8.7 miles costal walk.... with a castle. Yes, I am in Wales.

So, after the blister a few weeks back, the rubbing has stopped. I also had blister plaster on for safe measure. Despite wanting to start the basic walking training plan this January, I have found myself walking a few weeks ahead of the plan. The 9 miler, well, 8.7 route was fairly demanding with elevation and sand dunes. I have received some awesome sponsors this week, and I have been in contact with The Frontline Walk Facebook group, or is it META now??? They have been awesome in supporting me despite being a newbie. They are really welcoming and will give advice on questions posted. Each Sunday I will be looking at an interesting walk to send you all pictures. I have some great ones in mind already. My diet has become more strict this week in an attempt to shift some weight, I'm sure that will help in the long run. At the moment, 2022 has started positively, despite a short illness. So heres to the many miles to come. LETS DO THIS! 

For a blog with more pictures of these walks, you can check out the bottom of my website front page. TheWritingCommunityChatShow.Com

The first miles towards The Frontline Walk in 2022!

I am getting the miles in early in 2022. There are lots of KCLS to burn off from Christmas and New Years Eve! I hope you all had a good one. My last walk of 2021 resulted in a rather bloody blister. It was strange as it was from a pair of boots that fit well and are comfortable. It rubbed in the same spot today. If that continues, then I will look to fund a new pair of shoes or boots!

Today’s 5.3 miles.

A cold but crisp day in South Wales U.K. today! 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁷󠁬󠁳󠁿

Starting early.

I was going to start walking in early 2022. After having a knee injury through running 2 months back I have decided to start walking now. There is something about working hard though the winter that calls to me. Although, today was crisp and sunny! I walked a beautiful 5.3 miles burning around 1014 kcals. I’m now celebrating with a gin 😊

The first of many miles.

So, I started. I quite literally made the first step. While I was breaking in my new boots whilst walking along a south Wales sea front, a question popped into my head. How many miles will I walk before the event even begins? I am very curious about that. So much so, I am keeping track. Today I walked 5.1 miles. For you Americans, that's 8.20765 Kilometers. A little specific I know. That took me around 2 hours. It also makes me think that The Frontline Walk may not be so easy. I imagine each day of the event will be 3 or 4 times todays distance. Anyway, on my website forum (TheWritingCommunityChatShow.Com) you can see my first blog / vlog post. There will be many more and I am trying to work out how to interview guests whiles on a walk. I feel like getting a fitness guru or adventure on a walk with me could be quite beneficial!

The first step!

So, in preparation for the 100km walk, well, for the training, I have purchased a set of new walking boots! I have downloaded the Frontline Walk training plan which I am going to factor into my current fitness regime to aid in my battle against body fat! Oh how the battle is hard! If only chocolate, biscuits and alcohol had less calories... So, what do you think of the new Adidas Terrex boots? My initial thoughts are that they are very light, solid in a good way and comfortable. As I start breaking into them I imagine they will become even more comfortable. Keep an eye out on The Writing Community Chat Show website where I will be posting video vlog updates of my progression as time passes. 

Thank you to my Sponsors

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G4s Match-it

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Hmp & Yoi Parc

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Emae Church

Best of luck, Christopher. Thank you. Em :)

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Steven O'farrell

You're a good man. All the best. Brienne of Tarth

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Julie Kusma

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Frances Aggett And Tina.

Good luck from Tina, and fran,

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Christopher Aggett

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Dean Jonno Johnson

Good luck mukka

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Anonymous

Great thing to do, proud mum.

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Andrew Aggett

Excellent effort son, proud of you. Xx

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Mick Cronin

Best of luck Chris. Great to have a focus and for such a great cause. Mick and Caroline.

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Frances Aggett

Proud mum.xx

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Big Cheese

Promotion incoming! Keep the steps coming homie!

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Fish

Go on mate!!

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Gordon Mccallum

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Gareth Bates

Da iawn brawd.

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Janet Wallsgrove

Good luck Chris. Great cause and wishing you all the best

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John Maloney

Hell of an effort fella.

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Grahame Walters

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Steve And Jan

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Thomas Lester

Your Great Grandfather would be proud of you completing this wearing his medals

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Charley Hamilton

Smash it Chris! Good luck.

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Eamonn Thomas

Great work mate well done keep it up 👏👏👏👏

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Anonymous

Good luck!!!!!!

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E.g. Radcliff

Happy walking, Chris!

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Tringle

Well done buddy

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Michael Cadman

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Joe Aggett

Enjoy the experience and emotion of the event. Your training will see you through,

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Joanne Paulson

Godspeed. A wonderful thing you are doing, my friend. Love.

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Wendy Bayne

Good luck, and God Bless you.

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Carole L-davies

Good luck Chris in this endeavour. You will smash it! Carole x

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Stacy Hawks

Wishing you all the best on this journey

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Danny Marshall

Nice one!

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Rob John

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Salonee Jones

You can do it!!

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Sarah Cronin

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Kate Jones

Amazing tribute to amazing people, majority of whom never got/get to come home and see the reward for their sacrifice and courage

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Simon And Jo

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Louise Mumford

Excellent cause! Louise Mumford

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Tracey Hearne

Good luck Chris

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Halez & Gang

Good lad :)

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Dean & Carole

Good Luck 🍀💪

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Paul Marchant

Great to see mate !

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Elaine Pengelly

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Sarah Cartledge

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Dan Grififths

All the best mate. I did a 100km a few months back. Look after your feet and you be fine 👍.

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Dave Webley-parry

I'd come with you, but you know what I'd rather do... just kidding. Smash it, Chris; we've got total faith in you. Dave & Natasha.

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Angela Jones

Well done Chris 👍👍🎉🎉

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Sarah Loveday

Congratulations! Fantastic achievement x

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Alexandra Clarke

Da iawn, Chris! From your PGCE buddies!

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Michelle Sutton

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Sara Davies

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Darren & Liana

Good luck Chris 👍🏻

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Jen

Good luck!

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Andrew Evans

Good luck mate

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Andrew Evans

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Maree Hood

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Dan Hughes

Good luck pal!

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Maree Hood

Good luck on your journey!

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Antony Gardner

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Sophie

Good luck Chris!!

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Lee Jones

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