“In April 2017, I will be walking 106 km (nearly 66 miles) around the Isle of Wight. Starting in the morning of 29th April, I should finish some time the following morning. I am doing the walk to raise money for MacMillan Cancer Support. They helped my mum when she was dying from cancer in 2005 and provided support to us as family. They have also assisted other family members and friends.”
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“As a child, I enjoyed walking with my grandfather. We would regularly walk 10-15 miles. As an adult, and after trying other methods of keeping fit, I decided to stick with the one that I have always enjoyed the most.
Some while ago I invested in a watch to set targets and ensure that I get nagged if I do not walk enough during the day. As a result, I now regularly go for short walks in the evening. Of course my wife insists that she would have happily nagged me free of charge and on an hourly basis if required!
At the beginning of this year I began to go for longer walks. My original plan was to aim for a long distance walk such as the Trans Pennine Trail or Thames Path. Time constraints made this difficult so I have instead concentrated on one day walks.
Since the end of April I have done half a dozen walks over 10 miles including two in excess of the 26 mile marathon distance. My longest so far was 33.75 miles across the Pennines from Penistone to Stockport in just under 9 hours. That seemed like a long distance but is only half of my final challenge.