It seems a very long time ago when I came up with the idea of walking Offa’s Dyke to raise money for Multiple Sclerosis Society. But now, with just two weeks to go, it is probably a good time to remind everyone what we are doing, how and why.
What Are We Doing?
On the Monday 5th April (two weeks today) myself, my friend Alex, and my dog, will start walking the Offa’s Dyke long distance national trail from Prestatyn on the North Wales coast. The walk will cover over 185 miles (Offa’s Dyke itself is 177 miles) and will take 13 days – we aim to arrive in Chepstow on Saturday 17th April.
Offa’s Dyke weaves in and out of the England – Wales border. It is Britain’s largest man-made monument – built by Offa, King of Mercia from 757 to 796 A.D to try and create a boundry between his kingdom and the independant Welsh kingdoms.
The walk takes in some amazing beautiful places including the Clywdian Range, the River Severn, the Shropshire Hills (including walking the notorious switchback), and the Black Mountains.
How Are We Doing It?
Not content to just walk Offa’s Dyke, we will also be camping every night, and carrying most of the stuff we will need for the 13 days. My parents will be acting as a support vehicle and, as well as providing emergency cover should anything happen to the three of us, will also be dropping off human/dog food each day and charging our PowerMonkey mobile chargers.
Our mobile phones are quite important to us, as we want to make this walk as interactive as possible – throughout the challenge we will be tweeting, uploading images, doing an audio diary, and posting to Facebook. You can also follow our walk live (it updates every 10 minutes) at www.od4ms.org.uk (see an example of our last training walk). You can also follow us on Twitter – http://www.twitter.com/offasdyke4ms
Why Are We Doing It?
We are doing it to raise money in aid of MS Society.
Multiple Sclerosis (MS) is a condition which affects the nerves in the brain and spinal cord, causing problems with muscle control, vision and balance, and is the most common disability neurological condition affecting young adults. Around 100,000 people in the UK are affected by MS.
The MS Society funds MS research, runs respite care centres, provides grants, education and training on MS. You can find out more about the MS Society at www.mssociety.org.uk
You can donate to our challenge at www.justgiving.com/offasdyke4ms
We would like to thank everyone who has donated so far – your generosity has been amazing and is a huge motivation to use to get the job done!
We also want to thank the people who have given us advice, support, and helped spread the word on Twitter and elsewhere. Your support for our challenge means so much to us!
Finally we would like to thank our corporate sponsors who have provided equipment and support for our challenge: