I'm fundraising for...
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.
It will be a physically and emotionally tough challenge, but I'm doing it all for a great cause: ABF The Soldiers' Charity, the National Charity of the British Army. They support soldiers, veterans and their families when they need it most.
Please cheer me on by making a donation towards my target - I'll be forever grateful!
Day 3, we're all a bit brokenSo we're in the coach and heading to the new Normandy memorial for the start. It's the Ministry of Comedy Walks!!
Day 2, here we go....Going to be a tough one today after another poor sleep. Nearly threw up with pain upon first standing. Pain relief taken, hip flasks filled, what could possibly go wrong?
Day 1 - DONEThat was a tough day. The tide was in at Utah beach so a lot of having to walk in loose sand, sea water and climbing dunes. My feet were bleeding by the first stop, but our paramedic Jo was on it! Patched up, redressed at lunch, quick half and stomp out the final 13 miles on mixed terrain. Going to be sore in the morning! Everyone finished, nobody on the jack wagon. Well done EVERYONE!! Hip flasks now empty and on the way back to the hotel for a shower and dinner. Thank you to all my sponsors xx
That was a bit wet and windy!
Things are hotting up, and so is training
Training has slowed for 2 weeks:-(After 2 very promising 10 milers over the Easter weekend, training has somewhat ground to a halt. On Easter Monday I hurt my back which has in turn made my right knee flare up, so some days I've been struggling to even walk, let alone train. Managed just short of 4 miles today with the husband and the dog but until my osteopath is open, it'll be a case of doing little bits just to keep breaking the new boots in. Hopefully everyone is staying safe and well in the current pandemic #staysafe
Well that was tougher than expected
A shade over 8 miles this morning without a break, but with a quick stop at the Co-op to purchase a pack of andrex and some pasta for one of my raffle prizes :-) The walk took me through Essex University Wivenhoe Park and down into Wivenhoe village and then back along the river Colne. A steady pace again breaking the knee in gently, but more important to be increasing the distance gradually. I hadn't realised how bad the wind was until I was into a head wind for a lot of the first half of the walk. No problems with the feet again, so pleased with that. If you feel able to sponsor me, please follow the link on my page. Thank you for reading, and stay safe people! Wx
I think training might be open for business
After a few weeks enforced rest with the knee I've made it out for a short bimble with the pooch and the hubster. Very steady pace when training with a boy pooch. Stop and sniff, stop and wee, need to sniff that bit again..... but a mainly sunny walk through salary brook nature reserve, a stone's throw from one of the most populated areas of the town. Only the 3rd walk in the new boots, and all good on the feet front. We'll see how the knee reacts, but I think we might finally be training!!! Now let's get that bacon on, it won't cook it's self...
Had to bite the bullet!
After much deliberation I have finally replaced my walking boots that saw me through the last Frontline Walk. I've been plagued with Achilles tendon problems and plantar fasciitis but not 100% sure that the boots are the cause. Anyhow, they would not last another 7 months of training and the trek, so new ones have been purchased. Now those of you that know me know that I do not fritter away hard earned cash on clothing items, however after observing what my fellow walkers wear year in and out, I started asking what everyone else recommended, and I went with the recommendation of a gentleman who has completed several Frontline Walks and Cateran Yomps. Now I am £150 lighter in my purse (and that was sale of the fecking century trust me!) and the proud owner of my first pair of Miendl boots. Just had a short 5km walk to see how we get on, and so far so good. Absolutely pouring down with rain in the remnants of storm Dennis and it has highlighted that my coat needs either re-waterproofing or replacing before the trek, but all part of the reason why you train wearing the same kit. Anyway, home in the dry now and going to have a posh hot chocolate to continue warming up. Thanks for your support xx
A slow week for training
Another week closer to my D-day, but not much training being done this week. Came down with a virus on Thursday, which is frustrating as had been making good progress at the gym. A short walk of just over 3km along the coastal path at Brightlingsea this morning to get some fresh air, but certainly not well enough for anything more strenuous. Hopefully it will soon pass and I can get back to business. Thanks for reading and if you feel able, please sponsor me. Not only is it for a great cause, it will also stop my long suffering supporters from having to support another event 😂😂 Keep being fabulous you bunch of lovelies!
She's at it again......
Welcome to my page
First of all, thank you for visiting!
Secondly, thank you from the bottom of my heart to those of you who have donated either past or present and those who have supported me in my hair brained charity fundraising efforts. Most thanks to Darren, without his support this would not be possible.
So, here we all go again :-) i'm at it again, preparing to wreck myself physically and mentally with my 3rd Frontline Walk in October. Slight change this time, i will be taking on a different route, this years trek will be 100km across the "normandy beaches". So new route for me, new history to learn and bore you all half to death with later and to drag my long suffering husband around after the event sharing my new found knowledge.
There will be faces old and new, the amazing support that ABF The Soldiers Charity give to their fundraising army and of the course the fabulous logistical and particularly medical input from Classic Challenge. If any of you reading this have fancied having a go at this event, GO FOR IT! All of the above mentioned are so important to the event, but i couldnt do it without all of your support, so whether you are just sponsoring, buying handmade items off me or attending one of my many fundraising events, a very sincere thank you from me for helping this charity to continue it's work with our veterans in need. I will endeavour to post updates on training/events (although fell at the first hurdle as the blog i posted 2 days ago has disappeared ) but i can but try.
Thank you for reading.
Thank you to my Sponsors
Henry & Alison
Simon & Jane Purdy
Michelle & Kurt
Sharon & John Woods
Joe N Debs
Davidson Roofing Services
Kate, Nic & Charlotte Xxx