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Well, time marches on and I am no closer to organising the finer (or any) details of the epic adventure. Unfortunately, things ground to a halt following illness and a pending Open University assignment (Naomi) and lameness (Isla - poor wonder dog).
As a result, Isla is on bed rest and lead walks only, but I am back on nearly fighting form and smashed a personal best on average pace time today. 5:45 per km to 5:30 per km. Not bad considering the lack of running last week!
However, things are on the up! The assignment is nearly finished and then a few more weeks to go and this module will be finished. Then I will have 15 hours study time per week to plan routes, rest stops, shower stops, overnight stops and everything else. Not to mention try and train even more!
And the best bit is, that despite my current lack of time to organise, everyone is still being extremely supportive through Facebook, Twitter, and The Big Give. If you break it down, I only need to be sponsored £100 per Munro and we will have hit target. Lets get solar panels down at the yard so we can provide better therapy, all year round.
Before Christmas (yes - I am only just getting around to blogging about this particular event), I went to the wilds of Dartmoor with my brother-in-law Owen who is a Summer Mountain Leader.
This was specifically for Navigation training. Don't get me wrong - I already had plenty of navigation experience...... I was just a little bit rusty!
By the end of the weekend, I was back up to speed and ready to go on my Munro Marathon with the necessary skills under my belt to not get lost. Or, if I do get lost, to find myself again!
A couple more training sessions are scheduled in the diary. One on Salisbury Plain - home turf and personal stomping ground (I don't know why the army have to use it so much). And another full weekend practice expedition over Easter in Dartmoor. Isla will be tagging along too this time as she will be a year old and better able to cope with several full days of walking!
Watch this space!
What is a Munro Marathon? Well, it is at least a marathon (26) of Scottish mountains above 3000 feet, in 3 weeks.
Why would I do something this crazy? To help raise funds for the charity God Unlimited - specifically the solar panel project. If we hit the fundraising Target (£3000) then we can match fund the amount to achieve the total we need of £9000! But, this is also for me. Too long spent at home studying and not enough time out there, in creation, spending time just ... being (and walking of course!) When is it happening? I will depart on 10th July 2016........ And return 3 weeks later. What happens in the meantime? At the moment, I am training and improving my fitness by running 5 times per week. Closer to the time, I will start carrying a 20kg rucksack around on dog walks to try and get fitter for that. I need to buy more kit and plan all of the routes, not to mention get Isla trained up to carrying 25% of her bodyweight in her rucksack too. And, I will be telling you guys all about it, every step of the way!
Every journey starts with a first step, while this is not a step it is the first blog post! heres to many more.
Back in 2009 when Gul began its journey at Riverside we had 6 ponies and helped to provide around 1000 hours of therapy each year. in the year just gone we were the proud carers of 16 ponies and our staff helped to provide over 10,000 hours of therapy in a year.
The incredible growth led to us at the beginning of 2015 planning to expand our current (Meadow) yard to allow us to continue to grow. and last weekend (January 9-10th) we were please to be able to open the new (River) yard to the public.
With 3 new stables, each with a window to allow the ponies to see each other plus a feed room Gul is now well set for the next chapter.