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Walk the walk!

November 14, 2010

So, the day has finally dawned. Months ago,my OH signed us up for a charity walk in aid of Diabetes UK. Pete was diagnosed as having Type 2 diabetes almost exactly 2 years ago today. We’ll do our bit, we thought. Having done 8 miles on a Land Registry charity walk in 2008 we reckoned this would be do-able. What we hadn’t reckoned on was the harsh and unpredictable November weather. Yesterday the sun shone on the Lord Mayor’s parade. What a difference a day makes – today, mists hung over the garden and orchard outside our flat. The sun peeped from behind the winter clouds briefly at Hitchin station this morning, then decided that a duvet day was obviously in order! If only. The drizzle began in earnest as we walked along the Kings Road towards Chelsea Town Hall, the point of registration. A few minutes later, the first bridge was in sight – Albert Bridge. The rain poured down, with varients in it’s intensity! I managed to get photos of most of the bridges, apart from Southwark – too busy chatting to a lovely lady we met on the way – it was such a shame that the gloom of the November clouds spoiled the landscape. The cold was penetrating, the damp irritated my bones beyond belief. Even my toenails hurt. Apparently this is an ailment even the best athletes suffer from, a fact I will dine out on for years, speaking as a physical illiterate!!! Bridge number 9 was my favourite – from here we turned the corner of the Thames, and Southwark, London and Tower were in our sight. Tower Bridge loomed like a giant grey and blue carrot (it would have been a traditional orange one had sun had deigned to appear…) and we almost sprinted from here! The pub at the end of the route was the best reward. Here I received an actual medal – the only one I have ever received during nearly 49 years on this earth – it was something I just wasn’t expecting. Thanks to all our wonderful friends and colleagues, we raised about £750, a far greater amount than we ever dreamed of.  Thanks to you, Diabetes UK is all the richer – it is a charity that receives no Government funding. Diabetes is often called the silent killer. Many people suffer symptoms for years, and seek advice far too late. Google it and see. Am home now, with aching knees, back and toenails. It’s gonna hurt in the morning!!

4 Comments leave one →
  1. November 15, 2010 10:48 am

    Congratulations on the funds raised and completing it – I was in London and that cold rain wasn’t pleasant at all!

  2. November 16, 2010 4:40 pm


    Thanks for taking part in the walk and for raising such a wonderful amount for us. Really glad that you enjoyed the day, even if the weather wasn’t on your side for the whole thing!

    All the best,


    Joe Freeman
    Digital Communities Manager
    Diabetes UK

  3. February 22, 2011 7:33 am

    Update on money raised – an incredible £957. Thanks so much to all who sponsored us xx


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