Coast to Coast: West Section – in memory of Alex Reid

Helen Thorneloe walked the Coast to Coast West Section to raise funds for CRY in memory of Alex ReidThe aim was to undertake a walking challenge to raise money and awareness for CRY in memory of Alex Reid. 

Was it a challenge to complete the 90 miles in 5 days? You bet! 

Did I raise money and awareness? Any fellow walker heard or gave to my clinking CRY collection tin as it grew ever heavier with the generous donations along the way!

My limbs are aching like they never have (yes, even worse than the good old Inter-Counties with 17 matches in one weekend!) from the speed my fellow walker Sue and I had to walk to complete each section on the five consecutive days – averaging 18.5 miles per day.

That amount of miles is challenging in itself over that time, but to see the terrain we climbed and scrambled…. I found muscles that I had not used in quite a while!  My general walking practice is once every two months I walk in Derbyshire for a pub lunch!

It certainly was the most beautiful place to challenge yourself and to wake up early to start the day with the wonderful mirror images we had of Ennerdale Water or the views down Borrowdale and Patterdale after the steepest of climbs, was truly rewarding.

So, yes, it certainly was a challenge but even so I will be going back to do the East Section to complete the walk once, again to raise funds for CRY.  Thank you to everyone who sponsored me already and to those who would like to now.

I have over £700 so far on the Just Giving site and around £150 cash in the pot, so with a little extra help I will get to my target of one thousand pounds!

Helen Thorneloe