Well! One down (and it was the longer, harder one) and one to go. My main worry is that the one to go is through the night, but it’s the same for everyone and if they can do it, I can too!
I’m talking about my charity walks, inconveniently positioned just six days from each other. The one coming up is the famous Moonwalk, through the streets of London overnight this Saturday. I’m part of Team QVC along with Jackie, Ali, Debbie and a few others.
It’s not a part of our official fundraising activities (the main QVC charity is Breast Cancer Care, and Miceal is taking part in one of their Ribbon Walks to help towards our support for them) but the Moonwalk sponsorship money still goes towards breast cancer. 17,000 people will be striding out through the night with a common aim – to help those with the disease and also to help fund research into how to treat and prevent it.
Yesterday was an altogether smaller affair, but no less important. WalkWithMe raises money for Action Against Cancer and the proceeds from last year’s walk have enabled a full time PhD student to work on finding out more about cancer cells that are resistant to treatment. We walked a marathon (although it ended up being almost 28 miles) along the picturesque footpaths of the Ridgeway and Chiltern Way.
I found the last few miles a bit tough as my right foot was suffering in my walking boot – I’ve ended up with painful blisters on the bottom of my heel and where my big toe joins my foot. But the views, the chat along the way and hearing not just my first cuckoo of the year but my second, third AND fourth made it all worthwhile. Crossing the finish line with my walking partners Fiona and Alison was a great moment – we had kept each other going for seven hours of walking up hills and down dales. And we’d helped a great cause at the same time.
So now it’s all focus on this weekend – and I’m determined to make it to the start line, with the help of our Beauty Pick of the Month, Margaret Dabbs‘ wonderful Foot Hygiene Cream. I’m slathering it all over my feet to ensure they’re up to tackling the Moonwalk, while my rather creaky knees are enjoying thick layers of SBC Arnica Gel! The tents are up already on Clapham Common and I have the pink sequins ready to decorate my bra (the official costume for the walk!).
I was pleased when I finished the London Marathon in a respectable time when I was 23 years old, but I will be just as proud to walk two marathons in a week over 30 years later! Wish me luck….!