The West Highland Way Challenge

Along with some pals, I’ve signed up for the West Highland Way Challenge for Breakthrough Breast Cancer. It’s 25-mile hike along a wild and beautiful part of our glorious country. I’m hoping to raise a few hundred pounds for Breakthrough who fund nearly a quarter of all breast cancer research in the UK and are ardent campaigners for those affected by it.

So now, the gals and I are in training. I don’t think they’d mind me saying that we’re a motley crew. There’s Grace, another breast cancer survivor and very brave lady….but she admits most of her walking could really be defined as pub crawling. There’s Anne, who to our annoyance looks 15 years younger than her age, and is more likely to be seen in killer heels and knock-em-dead outfits than hiking gear.  PR guru Jill is super fit but has painful fallen arches and needs to take a change of footwear. Then there’s Eleanor, who really isn’t a fan of hiking unless there’s the promise of food and drink at the end. And me, four months on from major surgery and totally unfit. So for all of us, one way or another it’s going to be a challenge.

We’ve started our training walking sections of the WHW. It’s all planned fairly strategically with the main criteria being that there has to be a pub at the end of the walk. And that’s the great thing about this long distance route. Even though the trail passes through some wild and remote countryside, there’s always a welcome hostelry along the way. It may be a challenge but it’s not a hardship!

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