Grovelands is sponsoring Dan Boteler and his team to take on Oxfam’s Trailwalker Challenge. Here is an update on his progress.
Grovelands is sponsoring our IT Manager, Dan Boteler, and his team to take on the Oxfam Trailwalker challenge. He’ll be sharing regular updates on the team’s progress as they prepare for the mammoth 100km trek across the South Downs. If you missed it, his first instalment can be found here.
Firstly, I have a team update for you – unfortunately Samantha Perrin is now no longer able to take part in the 100km walking challenge, so we’ve held trials and the new eager team member is Oli Murphy.
Oli is an apprentice electrician and has previously taken on one of the Lake District most dangerous walks along Helvellyn Striding Edge.
Due to very busy recent schedules we only managed to squeeze in our second training walk this weekend. Unfortunately Oli wasn’t able to make the practice walk, but Alex, Jason and I were joined by two seasoned walkers who led the way across sections of the South Downs.
Our route took us past the Chattri memorial, built to honour the Indian dead of the First World War. It stands on the Downs near Patcham at the place where Hindu and Sikh soldiers who died in Brighton war hospitals during 1914-1915 were cremated. Following this, we walked further into the Downs, past Pycombe Golf Club and looped back around to our starting point in Hove. In total we walked for 15 miles and completed it in 4 hours.
This walk was only a quarter of what we have to complete in the Trailwalker, but it gave us some good practice at walking up and down some steep and rocky hills.
Prior to this walk, Alex and I purchased some walking socks that guaranteed a blister free experience, but unfortunately that guarantee was a lie! Upon removing our boots both of us had rather large blisters on the back of our heels! Although it may sound like we are complete novices to walking, we have both had our walking boots for some time and worn them a lot whilst walking the dog, so was hopeful that blisters wouldn’t be much of a problem – now I’m not so sure.
As we are only five weeks away from the 100km Trailwalker challenge we are going to step up the training. We are planning on another 15 mile walk this weekend followed by a night time walk and a 30 mile trek in the next couple of weeks.
We’re also having a team debate about whether walking sticks make any difference, please let me know if there is any advice either way!
Our fundraising is coming along nicely, to help raise money we are running a sweepstake at Grovelands to predict the exact time that we cross the finish line at Brighton Racecourse.
If anyone would like to contribute please do so via our Just Giving page.