In the previous four months although I was always in front of my schedule mileage wise and I knew I would surpass the planned total of 413.74 miles but at the end of May I wanted to exceed 500 miles. There were a number of activities that would greatly assist in this quest. The main one is that I had entered the Long Distance Walkers Association (LWDA) Hadrian’s Hundred 100 mile challenge walk although there would be no guarantee that I would complete the whole distance. The other was also LDWA related as I was leading my East Leake 3 Points History (3PHW) 16 miles joint walk for the Anytime Anywhere and Sherwood Groups plus I would need to do a recce. On the first Saturday I decided to complete my 6th 10 miles Logan Trail & East Leake walk as an evening circuit to get me used to the night sections for the 100 miles challenge event. The next day I allocated to the recce for the 3PHW and I was pleased with the time I completed this in was only five minutes over the 5 hours 30 minutes stated by the Ordnance Survey when I plotted this route into their digital mapping app. Sunday 12th May was to be a navigation training event for Rushcliffe Ramblers but no one turned up. Anyway it was back home for lunch then out on another Logan Trail & East Leake walk this time in full daylight hours. The following Sunday was me leading for the LDWA the 3PHW and thankfully this time people, 16 of them, did turn up. A really enjoyable day and a lunch stop at a pub kept them all happy. The next weekend was the Hadrian’s Hundred so I set off on the Friday by train to Hexham. The weather forecast for the event was not very promising but 500 or so set off on the Saturday at 10am. For me it was a chance to soak up the atmosphere of this challenge as a participant and I enjoyed seeing Hadrian’s Wall on the first section. When at the Knaresdale Check Point 29 miles into the event I consulted my phone for the weather forecast. The next part included the crux of this challenge walk an ascent of Cross Fell at night. However, I decided to call time as heavy rain, low cloud and cold temperatures were predicted and this was what I was going to be walking into. Personally I am glad I made this decision as I found out later a number of participants became hypothermic on this stretch of the route and were unable to continue past Gregg’s Hut before the final summit push onto Cross Fell.
On the last day of May I finally made it past the 500 miles target but at the same period in 2017 I had reached 613 miles and in 2018 561 miles. Now onward with seven months left to do 497.56 miles. I am enjoying this personal challenge for a third year in a row after successful completions in 2017 and 2018. Thanks to Country Walking for devising it and providing the motivation.
Planned and actual miles January to May (the first five months):
January 31 days X 2.74 miles / day = 84.94 miles
January completed 87.61 miles (141 km)
February 28 days X 2.74 miles / day = 76.72 miles cumulative 161.66 miles
February completed 83.13 miles (133.8 km) cumulative total = 170.75 miles
March 31 days X 2.74 miles / day = 84.94 miles cumulative 246.6 miles
March completed 90.53miles (145.7 km) cumulative total = 260.97 miles
April 30 days X 2.74 miles / day = 82.2 miles cumulative 328.80 miles
April completed 97.36 miles (156.7 km) cumulative total = 358.59 miles
May 31 days X 2.74 miles / day = 84.94 miles cumulative 413.74 miles
May completed 143.84 miles (231.5 km) cumulative total = 502.44 miles
The following is the planned schedule for the next seven months:
June 30 days X 2.74 miles / day = 82.2 miles cumulative 495.94 miles
Already surpassed the end of June’s target.
July 31 days X 2.74 miles / day = 84.94 miles cumulative 580.88 miles
August 31 days X 2.74 miles / day = 84.94 miles cumulative 665.82 miles
September 30 days X 2.74 miles / day = 82.2 miles cumulative 748.02miles
October 31 days X 2.74 miles / day = 84.94 miles cumulative 832.96 miles
November 30 days X 2.74 miles / day = 82.2 miles cumulative 915.16 miles
December 31 days X 2.74 miles / day = 84.94 miles cumulative 1000.1 miles
I used Ordnance Survey Digital Mapping for route planning as well as one of their Custom Design 1:25,000 paper maps and Suunto Movescount to record walks.