On Saturday I completed the Lake District Mighty Hike for Macmillan. A marathon walk from Dalemain House to Lowther Castle going around Ullswater. A full 26 miles for charity. A charity that does so much for those affected by cancer.
It costs £250 per day to pay for a Macmillan Nurse. Macmillan estimated that the walk would raise £700,000 once all the sponsor money was in. An amazing amount!!
I climbed Kilimanjaro about 10 years ago so I thought this would genuinely be a good walk out! However, Saturday’s walk was one of the hardest I’ve ever done. I started at 9.30am when the sun was already starting to become fairly warm. I was in the last staggered pack to leave so there were about 1300 walkers in front of me. I planned to do the walk alone but buddied up with a guy at the start who was ex-Army so he set a good pace and i followed.
8 hours 23 minutes and 23 seconds later we crossed the finish line together! Sweaty, exhausted, feet strapped up to help ease the pain and blisters and finally a glass of prosecco in hand!! Our time positioned us as the 32nd and 33rd quickest walkers on the hike out of about 1200 finishers! Amazing!
We crossed the finish line knowing that neither of us could have succeeded without each other pushing the other to go further. We were stronger together than on our own, constantly encouraging each other when one wanted to stop, swapping bits of kit and food. Its incredible what you can do when you really push yourself to the limit. Its very much mind over matter and while I said never ever again, there is a part of me that is very tempted to do it all again next year!! No doubt i will be joined by my new found friend Mr Motivator! Having my daughter Laila at the finishing line was the cherry on the cake. Thanks to all the friends, clients who donated. i managed to raise 4 x the target i set with further pledges to come. #teamwork #cumbria