Walk to raise money for Ignite Trust – St Georges Shopping
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Walk to raise money for Ignite Trust

CONGRATULATIONS JELENA!

Message from Jelena:

The wake-up time arrived far too quickly for my liking. Getting up at 4.15 in the morning was nothing short of torturous. The rucksack was all prepared.

My son Alan ‘rushed’ downstairs to take a photo of us before we took off. . We safely arrived at Goodwood Racecourse where we shared a chicken and cheese roll, and then promptly accepted an offer of the breakfast that organisers had set up for us. Three breakfasts for us, great start!

We chatted with a few people, then a warm –up, quite an embarrassing experience, then at about 8.15 we took off. 3 distance walkers starting all together: 35, 45 and 60 km.

All in a single file first, and then we all kind of branched off. Some people were faster, some people didn’t need a toilet as often as others. I am inclined to think we were somewhere in the middle. We stopped at every break point, and helped ourselves with hot drinks and snacks but didn’t linger too long and our pace was decent, at least in the beginning.

The weather was ok to start, bit overcast and breezy but very pleasant for a brisk walk. However about 1 pm the rain started and didn’t stop until about last few kilometres to the end. What a shame! The scenery was stunning. 

Also, I would be amiss not to mention the climbs. Oh, the climbs. In rain. On slippery clay. And slippery stones. Bah! I said to Mark that I was eternally grateful to him for our training walks that took us through some of the worst mud I had ever encountered in my life.

Highlights? Besides 3 breakfasts? And finishing, of course?

Firstly and lastly, great time I had walking with Mark. What a legend, what a gentleman, and what a friend. We’ve had some fascinating and bizarre conversations…

Here’s to many more walks we’ll do, yes?

Also, I loved the views – I had to occasionally remind myself to look up from staring at my feet and take in all the beautiful nature around me. And when I looked up, I encountered some fascinating views. Dead trees, massive roots (our lunch break was as near as possible to ever feeling like a hobbit), sheep hiding from the rain, tractor lines in dark green crop and hay fever-inducing rapeseed yellow over rolling hills, Arun River meandering through the valley, and mist and drizzle forming a slightly mystical quality to it all.

And of course, finishing the walk! We were asked by a mutual friend if we ever thought of quitting. She got a resounding ‘no’ from both of us. It was as tough as I expected but as one goes through experience of ‘toughing it’ it is still an emotional and physical novelty every time you go through it. It is never the same, is it? We practiced walking (sounds silly) and knew what to expect but that cannot diminish the success of breaking through the barrier of pain, discomfort and tiredness to reach that finish line and go through it. Success!

So, in a nutshell, we walked 45km in just over 11 hours and so far raised just over £1,000 for fantastic work of Ignite Trust. 

Our lovely Centre Administrator, Jelena, and her dear friend, Mark, are on a mission to raise money for Ignite Trust, our charity of the year.

They will be setting off to walk a little over a marathon distance on the 12th May.

Ignite Trust is a local, Harrow-based charity that aims to engage with disadvantaged young people in the area, empowering them and helping them transform their lives to move from negative influences.

All donations will go straight to the charity and with your support this fantastic amount will be possible and make all the planning and effort worthwhile.
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Please visit our Virgin Money Giving page to donate - https://bit.ly/2q24uJv

Our lovely Centre Administrator, Jelena, and her dear friend, Mark, are on a mission to raise money for Ignite Trust, our charity of the year.

They will be setting off to walk a little over a marathon distance on the 12th May.

Ignite Trust is a local, Harrow-based charity that aims to engage with disadvantaged young people in the area, empowering them and helping them transform their lives to move from negative influences.

All donations will go straight to the charity and with your support this fantastic amount will be possible and make all the planning and effort worthwhile.
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Please visit our Virgin Money Giving page to donate - https://bit.ly/2q24uJv

A message from Jelena herself:

It all started about a year ago when we were chatting about a long distance walk – we wanted a bit of a challenge, I suppose. This idea had been floating around until my place of work, St George’s Shopping Centre in Harrow invited Ignite Trust to be our Charity of the Year. I was thrilled, St George’s teams were excited, Ignite team was very happy, so what next?

Mark and I grabbed this opportunity to do what we’ve kind of planned for a while. Our 45km walk will take us from and to Goodwood racecourse in West Sussex and will include rolling hills and landscape of the West Sussex Countryside including sections of the South Downs National Trail. Who could ask for more?

All donations will go straight to the charity and with your support this fantastic amount will be possible and make all the planning and effort worthwhile, staff who are taking part are funding all necessary accommodation and food themselves as well as taking days from their well-earned holiday allocation to make it all happen. Please visit our Virgin Money Giving page to donate.

 

 

Update: 11.04.18

I think it was the only dry day in March, at least it felt like it although mud was awful. When Mark tells you it’s going to get ‘a bit sticky’, it means you’ll end up with mud to your ears. That man is the epitome of understatement.

We went through Chesham ridges and it was beautiful. I think it was a 13 mile walk in total.  The knitted bike was in Chesham town centre – such a cool thing!

The solitary tree was a view at the point where we took our lunch. It was the middle of nowhere, no signal, just the tree, us (and two more people who walked with us) and birds. Very atmospheric. The place is called The Lee.

Walking in the mud is not fun...

 

 

Update: 16.04.18

As I promised, I am keeping you In the loop of my training.

Today we went for a short-ish walk, about 7 miles through Oxhey Woods. It was a lovely, dry, warm day….. what a change from the muddy walk last week.

My fingers and toes are crossed for the weather to stay bright, dry and warm.

Update: 18.04.18

Mark and I walked again! Another 10 miles over Harrow on the Hill, past Harrow School and beautiful St Mary’s church, through local fields, and local roads.

I liked the view from the field, you can see the Wembley arch quite clearly. The photo doesn’t give it justice, it was quite a splendid view.

The sun was shining and the breeze was just lovely as we walked, i really do hope the weather stays bright for the 12th May.

Update: 19.04.18

We had a great walking session. The sun was shining, birds were chirping and we were walking. It was so nice to walk in the dry weather with very few mud obstacles. A few of our friends joined us as it was supposed to be a gentle walk. Ha!

However, we got slightly lost at the beginning - Josh dropped us off about a mile away from the staring point to get some more people. Somewhere along the way to the beginning Mark decided to turn left, rather than right and we went back on ourselves. In reality, it wasn't much of a problem, we just walked a bit longer than expected. It's the other guys waiting for us who thought we gave up on them.

All in all, it was a good training session, not very fast due to the various abilities of the group members but nevertheless challenging as every path seemed to have a slight incline.

Update: 23.04.18

I was on my day off and have planned to walk to Kew Gardens.

As usual, I left my home, then went back because I forgot to put on sun cream, then left, then came back because I forgot my annual Kew pass, then I left again and came back because I forgot my antihistamine. Then I finally left and didn’t come back until 19.5 miles later.

It was a fantastic day. The walk itself was refreshing, happy and warm. I have done this walk many times (one way only!) and was certain that I wouldn’t get lost. And I didn’t. I reached Greenford leg of the canal easily, and set my pace along the budding greenery and murky water of the canal. It was sad to see so much plastic floating, and the building site wasn’t very appealing but the boats were looking quaint in the early morning light, trees were blooming and sun was shining so all was well.

Once in the park, I stretched and sat down for a snack and a coffee, and later on, lunch. Some geese joined me and then I explored the park for a while. I love that park, truly. I always find something new and exciting to admire and enjoy. I am pleased to say I found the Tulip field – a sight to behold.   After what I can only call moseying, I started my journey back to Harrow. That was a bit of an effort, I admit. On 26th kilometre my legs felt like lead and the heat wasn’t easy to cope with. I was also a bit apprehensive that I would miss a turn as I was walking backwards, looking at the scenery from the wrong angle. Thankfully all went well.

I even managed to walk to work the following day. And Sunday is a new training day (after a day’s work). 12th May is fast approaching…..

Update: 01.05.18

 

It was an early morning start – 8.30am on a bleak morning. There were three of us; Mark, I and our friend Jos. We caught a train from Harrow on the Hill to Wendover and then walked back to Chorleywood. Sounds simple, doesn’t it?

The beginning of the trail from Wendover was lovely. We entered Coombe Hill National Park and reached the summit. On a good day, the view is fantastic. In our case, we could only rely on Mark’s memory because there was such a thick mist, the view was simply not there. As he calls it, it was ‘mizzly’ – mist and drizzle producing quite an unappealing weather condition.

My favourite part was walking through woods, rich in colour and fragrant with the smell of new growth. 

After 14 miles we left Jos in Amersham and then continued for further 6 to reach Chorleywood. That part was the most uncomfortable. My feet were a bit soggy, I thought my toe was bleeding, I think I felt every fibre of my gluteus muscles putting up the fight against the continuous movement and I couldn’t wait to finish with the walk and have a bath. But, once we reached Chorleywood station, there was only 4 minute wait for the train (yay!) so we both managed a smile for the camera. Home was not so far away any more.

Two weeks to go!!!

 

P.S. I did sleep with my feet against the wall that night.

Update: 03.05.18

The last evening’s walk was fantastic. Firstly, the sun was shining. Also, the sun was shining. And finally, the sun was shining. Have I mentioned that the sun was shining?

We followed Yeading Brook to somewhere and came back to our starting point by following River Pinn. It was muddy, but not overly so, and very green and chirpy; I think birds were glad to see the sun too.

We did 11 and ¼ miles with the average pace of 3.5 miles an hour. Not bad for two middle aged bodies like ours ☺

 

 

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