With 2014 nearing an end some would start to feel reflective over the previous 11-months. It is about now when each of us makes the decision as to whether we have completed what we set out to do after the clock struck midnight signifying the beginning of a new year, new beginning if you would like. Has the year been good to us or has it been a proper struggle? I decided that it takes far too much energy looking back and dissecting the decisions made and the route taken. It has happened, there is nothing we can do to change it and there is still plenty more time left in 2014 to fill up. As you are probably aware I am always interested in a challenge having successfully completed the National 3 Peaks over summer. That was, to date, one of the hardest challenges I have ever been involved in. Not only the physical challenge but the fact that we were up against the clock with so many variables that couldn’t be controlled: traffic, weather, rivers etc… etc… However, with sheer grit and determination it was conquered. That leaves December, what challenge could possibly be done this close to Christmas when most people are fighting over a super discounted television or sipping mulled wine in a nice toasty pub?
Introducing Walking Home With The Wounded’s: “Walking Home For Christmas”. The premise is simple… ditch your usual mode of transport for getting home; be it car, train, bike or bus and replace it with walking. Try and get as many people you know to join you and raise a bit of cash for charity whilst having a jolly on your way home. Spread the Christmas spirit because at the end of the day it is the season of good will.
I have committed myself to this challenge and will attempt to walk from Tooting [South West London] to Leamington Spa [Warwickshire] clocking up an astonishing 97.5 miles over 4 days. I plan on averaging 24 miles per day and hope to arrive on the evening of the 23rd December. Along the way I will be updating social media, trying to persuade friends and family to join me for smaller sections of the route and be trying to raise awareness for the charity. The route will be published shortly. Should I walk close to where you live then please do not hesitate to come and say hi. It would make my day!
I haven’t got a specific fundraising page for this challenge. Should you wish to donate to Walking With The Wounded then please follow this link:
Or, Should you wish to find out more about the charity:
Or, about the challenge itself:
I will be beginning this challenge at 8am on Saturday 20th December… Come and show your face and have a wander with me!
Merry Christmas to you all!