London 2 Brighton Challenge
This weekend was my 100th walk and to mark the occasion I took part in the London 2 Brighton Challenge with some work colleagues to raise money for London's Air Ambulance.
The challenge started at the Old Deer Park in Richmond on Saturday (May 28th) morning and after a quick Zumba warm-up (no comment) we were off. We made good progress in the opening stretch and ticked off Stage One, Old Deer Park to Oaks Park Recreation Ground - 25km/15.5 miles, with some ease.
Stage Two, Oaks Park Recreation Ground to Tulleys Farm - 57km/35.5 miles, was where it went a little wrong for us. One of the team had an old injury flare up which meant that process wasn't as quick as we had hoped. The 50km mark was greeted with jubilation but by the time we reached the end of the stage it was apparent the pain wasn't going to get any better and, as a team, we decided to retire from the challenge at this point.
The challenge I think was organised rather well. The signage was easy to spot and follow, though if you are planning on doing it, the 40km rest stop is actually more like 42km and Tulleys Farm is 57km (not 56km). They should really change the literature/maps, as there were a lot of disappointed faces when they realised the stop wasn't quite where it should have been. All the people helping out, that I had interaction with, where supportive and cheerful. The rest stops were stocked well with caffeine, which I'm always grateful for, and energy snacks to help you on your way.
I'm a bit disappointed that I wasn't able to complete the full 100km, but we entered as a team and it only felt right that we should retire as a team. There is always next year!
Distance: around 35.5 miles.