54 Miles - Mountain Madness
On the 3 - 4 June 2023, I am taking part in The Cateran Yomp. A 54-mile hike in 24 hours across the rugged terrain of the Scottish wilderness.
The Yomp will test limits both physically and mentally but it will also be an unforgettable weekend sharing this exhilarating experience and making memories to last a lifetime with friends and colleagues.
It’s going to be tough, but it will raise vital funds for ABF The Soldiers’ Charity, the Army's National Charity, providing a lifetime of support to soldiers, veterans and their immediate families.
Your generosity in supporting our veterans and wider Army family is always very welcome and humbling. Thank you for your continued support.
8th March, Training Day 1
So, three of the team made it to the start line raring to go. We all agreed that we would take it easy on week one, a light pack, and gentle stroll across some of the picturesque East Dorset countryside. Well, surprise!! we all woke this morning to a scattering of snow, and this had been followed by some refreshing drizzle. Not to fret, it was just an opportunity to make sure our kit was waterproof and test the grip on our boots.
Fast forward 12 miles and a little over 3 hours later and I think we all agreed it was a worthwhile first attempt, if not a little to quick. Go team.
A further 18hrs later and my legs and feet are a little sore, to much too soon maybe? Well, I have a week before we are out as a group again, so time for some individual training but I absolutely believe that if we are going to enjoy the Yomp, we will need to train adequately and have a good plan for feeding, safety and looking after each other (nutrition, kit, navigation, first-aid).
Good preparation is key to success for any event and that will be true for the Cateran Yomp.
Blog Photo (Jess, Bill & Me, stopped for the Dorset Views)
So, it’s twelve weeks until the Cateran Yomp 2023 and the team have decided it’s time the team start getting some miles in the legs (oh no). We all agreed that taking part in the gold route (54miles) was a good idea so three months out should give me plenty of time to break myself in slowly.
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