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Welcome, all, to my attempt at recording my preparations for and experiences of the 2013 Thames Path Challenge.

A brief history

I have always enjoyed a walk but never done anything really challenging.
On May 19th, this year, I walked the Walk for Kids around Birmingham, a distance of about 26 miles. I was hoping that this would tax me but, without sounding big-headed, it was an easy walk of around 6 hours. I started looking for something a bit more challenging.
A 50km (31 mile) walk would only be a bit further than I had done but I reckon that double that would be a proper walk that would test my mettle. And if I were going to put all the training in, I thought that it would be a good idea to do a walk for charity and make all my hard work worthwhile.
My wife works in a nursing home and has had experience of the excellent work that the Macmillan nurses do in caring for those with cancer. We decided that Macmillan Cancer Support would be a worthwhile cause and have decided to seek sponsorship for that charity.

The Thames Path Challenge

After some searching, I came across the Thames Path Challenge. There are a few options for this challenge but after ruling out the 50km options (Putney to Runnymede or Runneymede to Henley) I picked the full monty ( no, I won’t be doing it in the buff! ) so shall be walking from Putney ( in that there London ) to Henley ( -on-Thames that is not -in-Arden ! ).
The challenge needs to be completed within 24 hours so a little arithmetic gives a minimum speed of 62/24 or 2.6 mph. My average speed for the Walk for Kids was 4.2 mph but I doubt that I could keep that up for nearly 15 hours.

How the challenge works

I have paid the entrance fee ( £80 ) to take part.
I have pledged to raise, at least, £400 for my chosen charity ( Macmillan Cancer Support ).
I need to raise 50%, or £200, by the beginning of August to secure my place.


“How can I give to this worthy cause and force Kev to walk 100km?” I hear you ask.
  • Go to my Just Giving page – Donating through JustGiving is simple, fast and totally secure.  Once you donate, they’ll send your money directly to Macmillan Cancer Support. So it’s the most efficient way to donate – saving time and cutting costs for the charity. You can also Gift Aid you donation so that the charity gets even more !
  • Text a donation – Text KEVB62 £5 to 70070 – You can donate any amount but don’t be tight !
  • I also accept the folding stuff – although this is not as efficient as the other methods.
That will do for now – I have a training plan to sort out which has also got to include a 9 mile race and two half-marathons ( I also run ).
Please visit this blog regularly to see how the preparations are going.

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