Land’s End to John o’ Groats is the traversal of the whole length of the island of Great Britain between two extremities; in the southwest and northeast. The traditional distance by road is 874 miles (1,407 km) and takes most cyclists ten to fourteen days; the record for running the route is nine days. Off-road walkers typically walk about 1,200 miles (1,900 km) and take two or three months for the expedition.
Where do I start, I suppose I start from the beginning.
For us the beginning was Christmas day 2011, Thomas my Grandson was born, big do’s and little do’s 3 months in ICU & HDU, loads of tests, & tears and finally Cystic Fibrosis was confirmed.
Wow, a shock to all concerned. A very dark day was when Thomas was baptised in the ICU unit, personally I was not sure he would see the next day, many more shocks followed those early dark day’s but (cliché warning) “the darkest hour is just before the dawn”.
Now Thomas is coming up to his 6th birthday and is a beautiful little man, full of beans and love with the most inquisitive mind.
So as I start on this journey, if ever my day becomes dark I will just need to look to Thomas for inspiration.
So what am I going to do?
I am going to walk, but not just any walk, this is the first time the CF community are going to come together to walk Land’s End to John O’Groats. I say the CF community as I won’t be able to manage this alone, I am going to need YOUR help.
Each day I will upload a blog, post photo’s to the web site, also load up mileage, height gain, distance so far, route etc etc.
I will also try and have a tipple of the day & post on the web site so we can see which beer is on the menu from which brewery, how it tastes, I agree this part will be difficult!
I also want you, the CF community to tell me about your CF stories, I would love you to write a small upbeat story about how you came to be involved with CF.
You may have lost somebody to CF, so how have you managed to pick up the pieces? What was positive about your journey? You may have CF, if so let me know your story & let me know how you feel & what makes you smile & what makes you sad.
Each day I want to upload your story and dedicate the walk that day to the person who wrote the story or the person whose story it is.
So come on. I as a member of the CF community am asking for your help. WE can raise money together, WE can spread the message about this condition and WE can show CF that it may win a few battles but it will never ever win this war.
I start our journey on the 1st of July 2018 and hope to complete within 3 months.
Contact details are available here Walking4cf@gmail.com to offer help and here to donate. WE are aiming to raise £7,000.00. A massive goal, but if WE all pull together then WE WILL achieve this.
So how can you help if you can’t do anything on the ground so to speak.
How else can you help?
Pass the word Facebook, Twitter, Snap Chat any other type of social media, hey, even chat to a person to let people know what WE as the CF community are attempting to do.