A few of you asked – and you are probably right. We must have been crazy – walking 100km in 25 hours, well walking 100km full stop, last weekend.
Starting at 9am Saturday morning at Queen Elizabeth park in Petersfield, Hampshire, my team of three people – me, Carine and Matt D – had some great weather and plenty of distance ahead of us. Checkpoints with hot tea and lots of food, staffed by Susan Richard and Matt H, sat at 20km, 30km, 50km, 60km, 70km and 85km and I can tell you sitting down was bliss – especially towards the end.
We saw lots of hills, some great views, heard complete silence over night and watched the stars shine down on us and finally we rolled into the finishing straight at Brighton Racecourse (after walking the long way round via Lewes and then back on ourselves) and crossed the 100km mark at 10am having burnt through nearly 8,000 calories and cruised through upwards of 150,000 steps.
But we did for a very special reason.
On Christmas Day 2005 Dom Pardey was taken very ill and spent three weeks in a coma. Dom had a stroke, which is sadly a common affliction for older people, however Dom was 28.
Since that fateful day Dom has worked hard to regain his strength and maintain some sort of independence by living in his own home. He writes a blog regularly - Surviving A Stroke - and visits music concerts, shows and more. But his care, and in particular the physiotherapy he has, costs a lot of money – some of which is covered by the Dom Pardey Trust, which was set up with the aim of supporting Dom’s recovery.
So our little walk was in aid of supporting Dom.
If you would like to donate some money to the cause you can do so via their Paypal link. The email address you need to send it to is: firstname.lastname@example.org
When you send funds to that account the money is going directly to the trust with no cut taken by us, Just Giving or anyone else. The payee will show as “Anthony Reid” who is on the board of trustees at the Trust.
We hope you can donate anything small or large to help Dom continue on his road to recovery.