As if my aim for this year of walking 1000 miles is not enough, I have decided to join in with several other challenges coming up over the next year or so – Just WALK, a one-day charity event, and Walk 2012, a walk from Weymouth to London to celebrate the London 2012 Olympics.
Just WALK is a sponsored charity walk across the picturesque South Downs in West Sussex on 7 July 2011. There is a 10 km, 20 km, 40 km or a massive 60 km route to choose from.
I am planning to walk the 40 km route (along with @ukjeeper who is doing it in aid of Little Havens Children’s Hospice) in aid of MS Research, a dedicated MS charity committed to raising funds for research that will make a real difference for those who have MS and those who share their lives. 40 km (which is about 25 miles) should be a good enough challenge for me, without killing me!
Despite having made many visits to Worthing with my estranged wife in the past, I have never really done too much proper hiking on the South Downs, so it will be a great opportunity to take in England’s newest National Park.
Both @ukjeeper and I are keen users of Social Hiking, so expect to be able to follow us live as we tweet, photograph and video throughout the day, and if anyone else wants to join us, you will be more than welcome!
Walk 2012 is the idea of Mark (@walk2012), who is organising a long-distance walk to celebrate the Olympic spirit that just about anybody to take part in whilst the real Olympics are on.
The walk starts in Weymouth (where the sailing events are being held), after the opening ceremony, and finishes at the Olympics stadium at Stratford in east London (before the closing ceremony). Very sensibly he is aiming to end each day at a pub which is showing the highlights of the days events!
I am really taken by the Walk 2012 idea – not only do I think it will be great fun, but it will also give me a chance to walk through some lovely parts of the South of England that I probably would not think about walking through usually!
I hope to try and get together a group of people on twitter to come along and take part with me! (You have been warned!)