So we made it – all 18 of us – folk who had signed up months ago and two good people who joined us on the day.
Glynis and I did a ‘dry run’ of the whole route the night before showing her all the places where she could feed, water, offer plasters to, generally encourage or pick up weary walkers and dogs. Then we left the cars at Thurstaston before God was awake on Sunday morning and Glynis delivered us to the start.
There’s always a lovely atmosphere at the start full of anticipation and excitement and So many people all walking for causes close to their hearts and the band playing…… MCTC tabards were given out and worn by all our walkers which made us all visible – to each other and to the general public and helped to raise our profile. Big thanks are due to Mitchell Group car dealership at Cheshire Oaks for sponsoring the tabards – they really helped to make us all look the part.
Then, after months of training (trying to fit long walks into an already tight schedule) and anticipation (will it rain? Will I be humiliated by dropping out at 3 miles? Will I get lost? Will we raise enough money to make it worthwhile?) most of us set off at about 8.30 or 9.00 – by the time we had registered, had our picture taken, visited the portaloo, put on our tabards and gathered up our kit for the day.
The weather was kind – cool, cloudy, slightly breezy – perfect conditions really – at least at the start and apart from a fairly heavy shower between about 2.15 and 3.00.
Everyone went at their own pace – some enjoying the peace and solitude of walking alone, other in pairs or small groups, sometimes passing each other or stopping for a change of socks, to apply a plaster or eat a banana. Glynis was on hand all day for anyone (human or canine) who needed anything.
On we went past Wallasey Town Hall, New Brighton, (nobody finished at the 4 mile check point at the end of New Brighton Prom), Leasowe Lighthouse, Moreton and Meols to the Kings Gap check point in Hoylake where a few people finished the day. Across the beach then to Red Rocks and on to West Kirby, past the Marine Lake and then up on to the cliff to Caldy and the final couple of miles along the old railway track that now forms part of the Wirral Way.
At the end we were greeted by lovely Rotary Club volunteers who congratulated us and stamped our forms. The band played and the sun came out as we (some of us anyway!) hobbled back to our cars and home for baths and other comforts.
WELL DONE TO EACH AND EVERY WALKER
THANK YOU TO EACH AND EVERY SPONSOR
THANK YOU GLYNIS
THANK YOU MITCHELL GROUP
THANK YOU ROTARY CLUB
YOU ALL HELPED TO RAISE AN IMPRESSIVE (approx.) £4,000.00
And if you are telling your story this week, Remember, it’s not too late to collect extra sponsorship from those who are impressed by your achievement!!!