We did it! All right, maybe it’s not much by some people’s standards, but hubby and I are feeling pretty pleased that we succeeded in walking Miles for Macmillan.
For anyone who missed me constantly going on about it, on Sunday 15th September hubby and I walked 8 miles in aid of Macmillan Cancer Support. The walk took place at Chatelherault Country Park in Lanarkshire, which is a beautiful place, ideal for picnics, looking at wildlife, visiting the hunting lodge and gardens… Unfortunately on Sunday it wasn’t so ideal for any of this, as it was raining heavily and there was a howling gale – blowin’ a hoolie, as we Scots say!
We knew in advance that the weather forecast was poor and in good old Scottish style it didn’t let us down. Undeterred, we got out of bed and drove the 30 miles to the event. Another 400 or so crazy people also didn’t let the weather put them off. Hubby and I had kitted out in many layers, waterproofs and hats, but for those who hadn’t, the event organisers were giving out rain macs and plenty of extra T-shirts. I have to say a big well done to the organisers and volunteers who remained cheery and upbeat in spite of horrible conditions, waterlogged ground and soggy walkers!
One plus point about our 8 mile course was that most of it was sheltered, as it took us through forest – some of which is the oldest in the country. The walk got underway on time at 11 am and after less than a mile we were in amongst the trees and out of the rain and wind. The downside was that it was muddy and slippery in places, so our pace was slower than when we had been training. But it wasn’t a race, so we took it carefully and there were no mishaps. Everyone had been warned about potential danger areas – part of the course took us along the banks of the River Avon where there was some erosion, and there were tree roots and some steps to contend with. Again, the organisers had done a brilliant job with many stewards and First Aiders along the course, and the danger zones taped off and signposted.
The last mile and a half of the walk was out in the open but by the time we were finishing – hurrah! the sun was trying to come out and the rain had eased off a lot. We completed the course in 2 ½ hours. This was about half an hour longer than expected but understandable due to the adverse conditions. Apart from slightly sore calves and knees, I don’t seem to have any ill effects, although I was in bed by half past ten that night, which is unheard of. 😉
We raised well over our target so a big thank you to everyone who sponsored us. As promised, here is a pic of me at the finishing line, although I’m not as red in the face as I expected!
I did intend to publish this post on Music Monday, but due to unexpected circumstances it’s a little late. So let’s call it Tuneful Tuesday instead. Here’s the song that sums up how hubby and I felt on completing the course. You’ve probably already guessed from the title of my post – it’s Queen, with We Are The Champions!