We've been quiet - but that's because we've been training...
We've been undertaking plenty of training walks so far this year with most of the team members involved.
For extra Brownie points some of us kicked off the New Year with a dry January to get us in the right frame of mind for training for the big event in May...and, despite out doubters, we all managed it - just about...
Since November we have covered a lot of miles and a lot of ascent on some serious hills - in ALL weathers. So far, as a team, we have completed a number of summits, including Wetherlam (via Steel Edge); a circuit to Bow Fell, including Esk Pike and Rossett; Helm Crag via Steel Fell in 60 mph wind and snow/ice; a circuit of the classic Fairfield Horseshoe in fog...
Individuals have also been undertaking their own personal training, me and my better half have had weekends in Borrowdale and Patterdale ticking off our own Wainwright challenge in preparation.
To add to this, I also entered into the Coniston 14 miler - taking credit for slighlty more than a half marathon challenge! Not being competitivie! I also took the liberty of entering a team member (Allan), just to share the pain, but hey, what's a bit of pain in the great scheme of things? Training competition for this event is fierce and our programme has led us to training up to 6 days a week.
Finally, a number of us have, again, signed up to walk the Coniston to Barrow 20 mile charity walk - right before the main WWTW Cumbrian Challenge.
Hopefully this post will help you appreciate the effort we are putting in to get ourselves ready for May 18th - we don't take this lightly...it really is a challenge. Please help us achieve our fundraising target and sponsor us.
The Cumbrian Camels 2
I'm supporting our wounded. Are you with me?
I've joined a team taking on the Cumbrian Challenge - a big old day hauling ourselves around the Lake District alongside teams of veterans who are getting their lives back on track thanks to Walking With The Wounded.
My ask is quite simple. Please dig deep, or sign up a team to take us on.
Why? We're the lucky ones with jobs, families, homes. Most people leave the military without any issue, but for a small minority it isn't so easy.
Walking With The Wounded support the veterans who are struggling with their mental health, who are hard to reach, socially isolated, homeless, in police custody... men and women with little to look forward to but who want to get back into society and employment – which is at the heart of what we do.
Please help me and my team hit our £2k target. Every £675 can enable a veteran to access 1-2-1 private mental health therapy within an average of 4 days of referral. Imagine that.
Thank you so much in advance for your support.
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