The last couple of years I have completed the Trailtrekker’s challenge – 100 km across the Dales in less than 30 hours, raising funds for Oxfam and the Hospice. The first time I was concerned whether I would manage to finish, but I did, stating never again. It even spurred me on to do the national Three Peaks challenge later the same summer with my two sons (and dog);
Despite saying never again, I did the 100 kms a second time, determined to do it quicker – 3 hours faster in 23 hours 23 minutes – in temperatures of up to 28ºC in the Dales – fantastic weather, but a bit too warm.
In a discussion during the Trailtrek, I suggested to some colleagues doing something different the following year. Probably partly motivated as a means not to do the 100 km again, plus achieve a personal goal to climb Kilimanjaro. By the end of the walk the seed was well and truly sown with Ken and Dougie equally excited by the prospect. We all did a bit of homework on the potential options and sent out an email flyer to gauge interest; then panicked slightly as over 90 colleagues responded. We now have a confirmed group of 30 and advanced plans for a successful climb in October 2011, which is fantastic.
However, it is also important to note that there is an equally important goal – to raise up to £50k for the Hospice. For me this is of particular personal importance as I have had close relatives who have had terminal ill health and benefitted from the Hospice and associated services. While I am keen to ensure I and colleagues achieve the climb to the summit, I would be more disappointed if we do not meet our fund raising target. On this basis, we are all doing a range of fund raising activities. I am grateful for the support received to date but would also like to ask and encourage your support.