White Peak Walk 11.7.09
Last July my husband Nigel and I were providing first aid cover for the White Peak Walk (www.whitepeakwalk.co.uk) along with the other team members of Kinder. It was a lovely day and the people who were organising it were friendly and chatty and suggested that it might be a good idea if we did the walk next year rather than lolling against the team landrover enjoying the weather. ‘It’s a smashing walk’ said the lady at our checkpoint ‘ Not much hilly stuff, in fact its mostly on the level’.
Well that sold it for me – ‘a smashing walk all on the level’ (I heard). Come October 2008 and we duly applied to be part of this ‘smashing walk’. Back came the details of the walk but suddenly it was entitled ‘White Peak Challenge Walk’ – where did that come from. I should have been suspicious then.
I’m a support team member – only out on the hills in the team landrover and ‘social walking’ and as a grandmother of two what did I want with yet another ‘challenge’. So I put all the guff away and forgot about it. (Hubby was checking maps looking for a route that wasn’t necessarily the given one; revelling in the ‘fun’ of the preparation. I did the ironing!!.
All of a sudden it was 2 months away, and to get me more committed to this ‘smashing’ walk I decided to ask friends and family to sponsor me in aid of funds for the team. There were a few astonished ‘You’re going to do what? !’ And ‘are you doing it over 2 days?’ but I gathered a total of £85 sponsorship money and then it was the day of the walk.
It WAS a smashing walk! It was also way above my delusions of fitness. Why hadn’t I accompanied Nigel on his ‘preparation’ walks rather than fiddling around in the garden? Why had I listened to the lady who said it was mostly on the flat?!!
I felt fine for the first 14 miles and then I started to feel very sick, even though I had drunk loads of water and eaten carbohydrates galore. At Carlton Lees I moved everything from my sack to hubby’s and left mine in a conveniently parked team landrover! If I hadn’t been sponsored I would gladly have given up then. As it was the encouragement from the team members at the checkpoints and with my husband’s gentle reminders that I couldn’t let the side down, I got all the way round and in a not unreasonable time of 10 hours and 44 minutes. I felt really ill at the end but a good night’s sleep soon sorted that out.
Many thanks to all those who organised the event, it was, as always, meticulous in every detail.
The team dealt with a couple of not too serious injuries and therefore earned their stripes for the event!!
You can be sure though that I’ll be back providing first aid cover next year!
– Janet Taylor