The pair embarked on a totally self-supported trek on 24th April. This meant they had to carry with them everything they would need to survive their journey, including camping equipment, food and water. Unfortunately the weather wasn’t exactly in their favour as they walked the 90 kilometre route and they faced strong winds and heavy rain at times, which made the task all the more arduous.
Paul Mitchell said “At times it was very enjoyable and at others it was quite strenuous. The weather made it all the more difficult as both we and our equipment became soaked and unable to dry, not to mention the ground along the way becoming extremely boggy. The wind and rain also made camping a difficult task and a good night’s rest wasn’t as easy to achieve as we had hoped. Night times were quite noisy with wind and rain battering the tent and you’d be surprised just how much noise wildlife such as foxes, pheasants, deer and owls can make.
It was a great feeling to complete the course and get back home for some decent rest, however the best feeling was learning that people had donated so generously, which allowed us to raise a total of £840, which equates to 168% of our initial fund raising target of £500.
We’d like to thank everyone who very kindly donated to help such a worthy cause. As I’ve said previously, it’s such a great feeling to be able to raise money to help others that we intend to make this to make this an annual event and plans are already being made for a much further hike next year”.
The final day was the most challenging as the pair had become soaked and had ran out of food and water, making the last 13-14 mile home straight extremely challenging. Thankfully spirits remained high throughout the entire trip. Some of the highlights were Inkpen Beacon which provided some wonderful views and there were some picturesque villages along the way.
There’s still time left if you wish to donate, every single penny raised goes straight to Breast Cancer UK. You can donate online at www.justgiving.com/