Hoping still to get some walking in on Sunday and perhaps even a short one on Saturday afternoon. We have fence panels being delivered on the Saturday and the priority is to get a fence up and, er, running on that day since it’s been a bit of a mess for a few weeks now since the high winds. The weather appears to be dry and slightly warmer on Saturday, so it just has to be done then. No walking last weekend and a timely reminder email from the organisers of The Wight Challenge that it is not that long to go (2-3 May) until the off and that we’d better get training. Ok, ok, I am doing as much as I can!
The route is anti-clockwise with major stops at 32, 54 and 79 kilometres – and refreshment stops halfway between these. I will be issued with a start time in a few weeks (I think I requested a 10am start but I can’t remember) and so I should be somewhere around Chale, just over half distance, by sunset. Apparently masseuses and medics are available at that point, as well as being a hot food point. Walking in the dark won’t be entirely new to me but at least I should have the company of others and the 79km point, somewhere around sunrise or just before, does also supply a breakfast before the final slog (and it will be a slog) up to the finish at West Cowes.
Quite looking forward to this now. I do need to really get fit and I will enjoy doing that, despite the pain that entails. There is a feeling of achievement even getting to the point when I can walk 20 miles without distress, and that is around the point I am at the moment. Will gradually build up now, to a week at the start of April with six days walking, some very decent distances within those. Could have done without a rather nasty bug or cold-like thing that has troubled me this week, mostly via aching teeth, but that will pass and it is certainly better today. Have been investigating accommodation for May on IOW, probably for three nights (though I won’t take advantage of the sleeping facilities on the second night!) and will have Pammy to support me before and after, perhaps even some time during. Astounded what a mark-up many B&Bs and hotels in West Cowes have for this particular weekend – and the Cowes week later in the summer.
That’s ok, the sailing fraternity already has more money than sense. However, for me, that will still be better than camping, which is a popular alternative for many in this event.
Also reminded that I have to raise a minimum of £475 and half of that by 23 March. If you have a few spare quid, then think about donating to SANDS https://www.justgiving.com/Keith-Spicer2. If you are not already aware of the great work done by SANDS (Stillbirth and Neonatal Death Support charity) then please feel free to browse their website http://www.uk-sands.org/. I should make the halfway mark as soon as I sort out the revenue from the calendars – a profit of well over £100 – and thank you ever so much to everyone who bought one, and many even paid more than the asking price. If anybody still wants one, I still have a few lying around.