So sore. 31 mile to Strangford today, lovely weather and lovely surroundings will hopefully carry me through.
So I sent my little soldiers up to B&M to fundraise by bag packing on Sunday 12th July so thanks guys for giving up your Sunday. Especially glowing at my tiny little eight year old princess who made her daddy VERY proud and stood on her little feet for five full hours …. getting the most money as always! She’s trained in it … taking from daddy’s pockets over the years! Special thanks to Debbie the manager who put up with us and was so pleasant and a SUPER, SUPER thank you to Zoe Hawthorne who I have heard all about over the last few days that I’ve been walking. This girl is something else. Genuinely must be the best staff member B&M could hope for – obviously our guys aren’t experienced bag packers and she helped the whole way with a smile on her face so that our efforts ran smoothly.
And we raised a couple of hundred pounds too. Get in!
Zoe also made a great impression on Cherie with her baking…. she happens to be an avid baker who can throw together some pretty awesome cakes, cookies, biscuits and buns. Caramel squares especially…. ummm…. don’t even start me, I haven’t had them since I left.
So Zoe has kindly offered her talents for a cake fair which will take place on Thursday afternoon around 1pm (all being well) at the Enler Complex for a little bit of extra cash.
If you’re close, come and taste! It’s all for a good cause and happy tummies.
If not, don’t forget to donate! 🙂
Massive thanks to Holly, to Debbie, to Zoe and anyone I have left out up at the Dundonald B&M…. CEO of B&M I’m talking to you… your staff rock!
So it’s been really tough coming up over the Newry hills and as you know the last quarter of any long haul is the hardest. It’s where you’re dying to see your family, where home seems closer than ever and you know you’re absolutely shattered at this stage.
Never mind the Proclaimers I’ve actually walked 500 miles and as rewarding as it is…. it hasn’t been all fun and games. You know, you see the photos on Facebook and the posts where I try and encourage myself and keep my spirits up… you see all the smiles and the fundraising and amazing people I have met along the way…. but when it gets quiet and you’re up the hillside with the rain coming down in sheets across your back and it’s getting cold and clammy and you know you may be sleeping on rocky ground for the night… that’s the bit the photos don’t show.
I’ve lost about two stone in weight and although I’m not complaining (because technically I’m in the best shape of my life) it’s testament to the gruelling 25-30 miles I’ve been covering each day.
You’ve probably seen the blisters too. This is the ugly side of the journey.
I promised I would finish with the bag. It’s five stone on my back…. I could’ve carried my daughter. But start as you mean to go on… I will finish with the bag.
At the start of this journey for local charity I set myself a target – UNDER 50 DAYS.
Turns out, all being well I’m going to land home on FRIDAY.
Making it 26 days…. not only nearly half my own personal target but the current record holder (who is now deceased) achieved it in 32 days, So I will beat the record.
I will be the first guy to complete the Ulsterway in this time.
So you know…. that’s just a bonus.
But the biggest thing is to donate…. THAT is what will make this worth it.
The record is just something I can say… like Nike…. IMPOSSIBLE IS NOTHING.
If I can walk 1000km non stop with a post surgery broken ankle with pins… guys… what can YOU achieve idf you put your mind to it?