It’s a rest day today for Steve ....and I know he’s ready for it after 6 days continuous walking. They’re doing big distances each leg - think about doing a 10 mile walk and then pretty much double it ....and imagine doing this day after day! ...massive respect to you and to Alizon...and to everyone for liking and sharing posts - please keep doing this as much as you can ...it makes a massive difference - and remember to visit the website www.walking4cf.org.uk to keep reading Steve’s blogs along with seeing our dedications and sponsors. There’s still time to join Leg 31 and get involved remember...😊 ... See MoreSee Less
The day started as stated before with me feeling well not 100%, but hey no bother, it got worse as the day panned out and just became a trudge, but again no matter what , the route has to be done, not sure when Ali is here till but I would have hated today if she had not been here. Don’t go telling her she will think I have gone all soft! Watched Tim’s video boy that was a real moment, maybe I am finding who I am here but it was an emotional moment , so thanks for the effort Tim in making that video. Then Garry W the sponsor ( now don’t tell Garry this but without him Gail and others, Maria, Sue, Malc and Many others ( to many to mention) this event would still be half the size it is today.
Ok the walk, the first 1:9 mile out of Bath to the race course was brutal over a thousand foot of climb before 8:15 in a morning, no wonder I started to go down hill!!! Then an en route alteration : the road I had planned was way to fast and busy frightening in fact, so got onto the Costwold Way early, wow what a move, stunning just stunning, would love to do it all one day but the goal is south to north. If you ever get the chance to do the entire route then go for it. We have also gone into another county South Gloucestershire, is that 4 now? Lots of photos of churches Hall’s monuments and flowers all from the CWW hope you like them. Feet up now not sure what we have done this week but it must be over 100 miles and 8000 foot. Maria!??????
Garry Wilkinson established GW Fitness & Rehab in 2010. An all round Athlete and one of the few to represent his County at all 3 disciplines on the Road, Fell and Cross Country.
After qualifying as a Sports and Remedial Massage Therapist he set up GW Fitness & Rehab, treating Sports Injuries and offering Rehabilitation and Training Advice together with Maintenance and Prevention Sports Massage.
....Garry isn’t just sponsoring today - as most of you know so many of the events and fundraising leading up to LEJOG and especially Leg 31, (which originally was just myself and a few friends joining Steve and now has 107 people involved!) is very much down to Garry - his drive and his enthusiasm ...I know he doesn’t do it for the thanks - but thank you so much Garry ...from Steve, myself and everyone involved in this brilliant event! ... See MoreSee Less
Leg 17 Bath to Wooton Under Edge and the end of a long week for Steve ....6 days continuous walking so very ready for a rest day tomorrow! Today’s dedication is for Tim Wotton who is an inspiration for of a lot of CF sufferers - see the message he has sent to Steve below along with the link here to a book he has written. For more information and links to Tim’s blog please visit timwotton.wordpress.com/
What a difference a day makes.... Leg 16 13.75 miles 850 feet.
An earlier than normal start so us off with out a worry, we opened the Motorhome door at about 6am to see Malcolm or as we now call him Sheikh Malc Mohammad Vanman (due to him being as black as fire back) had just gone , the Van, the lot just gone, after trying to remember if aliens had popped round last night after victims to carry out research on, we decided to give him a call, remember this was 6 am, us still a little sleepy eyed, though we were having an early start, was shocked by Mo’s absence, so we rang him, but Mo was all ready in Bath, parked outside next camp stop, the owner must have had a real fright, good job he had no Rucksack on.
Feeling guilty we packed up double quick and got walking, check out one of he photos for a record by 12 am . It will be difficult to beat but it’s a bit like a PB there to be shot at!
A real shout out to Sheikh Mo with out his help this would be a real tough ask, so glad we have him on board. At Bath now sat here writing this, the compass says we head North tomorrow, oh my I can almost see factory chimneys Smoke and coal dust!!
Leg 16 ....Chilcompton to Bath - very kindly sponsored by Farley’s solicitors ....
As one of the leading firms in the North West, Farleys Solicitors LLP is recognised both regionally and nationally for their dedication to the outstanding provision of legal services – they pride themselves on combining legal expertise with a down to earth approach, resulting in cost effective solutions to virtually any legal issue.... www.farleys.com
Many, many thanks to them - all the sponsors are making a massive difference both to the amount we ultimately raise along with the awareness being raised too ...
Remember to keep checking www.walking4cf.org.uk to follow Steve’s journey and to read about all our sponsors so far, along with those we’ve dedicated days too plus of course Steve’s beer of the day and track of the day 😊 ... See MoreSee Less
It’s all coming together now.....only 10 days left to enter Walk/Run4CF Dales Way 22K/50K Ultra........Leg 31 from Appletreewick to Buckden and join Stephen Taylor as he walks a section of the Dales Way on Sat 11th August.......www.sientries.co.uk ... See MoreSee Less
Bumped into a guy today who read the tee shirt, and came out with the comment “oh you have only just started” hmmmm Red rag to a bull.... PARDON? “Well it’s not far” Oh so the 250 miles we have just done don’t count? “Oh so many” YES, I thought I better to walk on.
While walking away, I casted my mind back to before the start, some 18 months ago and I thought the same, sort of glorifying the walk as a pleasure, an outing, how wrong I was. This is a very tough challenge, anybody who thinks differently I ask you to walk for 3 x 20 mile days with say 6000 feet, 95% of you reading this will fully understand what this is about the other 5% no problem. But i akin it to Thomas, Amelia, Lorcán, Esme Tom, and every CF suffering person or family member who has to endure that pain or watch that pain happen. Let us not stand by, let us be involved let us make the 5% fully understand the enormous battle that a CF person has everyday. This is not a personal challenge it is to let the 5 % know all about it. Rant over.
Onwards and upwards. First of my goals will be In the Bag tomorrow BATH the reason why? We have turned North.
Some photos looking back to Glastonbury from a castle, I seemed to bump into a lot of animals and a very angry little horse! (Go to comments to see the pics) Track of the day m.youtube.com/watch?v=PaKr9gWqwl4Listen to the official Paloma Faith Spotify playlist now including ' Only Love Can Hurt Like This' plus other tracks from A Perfect Contradiction, Fall To Gr... ... See MoreSee Less
It’s important to keep remembering why Steve is completing his epic challenge .....it isn’t easy but knowing how hard life can be with CF is what spurs him on .....Today’s Leg 15 is dedicated to Lorcán Maguire - and his mum Jen sent us this lovely message .....
This is Lorcán, he is 18 months old and has Cystic Fibrosis. Lorcán means ‘Little Fierce One’, and he certainly is! He loves to be active and to be outside. He has just learnt how to take his tablets whole with only a sip of water, we clap each time he does it and so does he! Taking around 20 tablets a day means a lot of clapping! We are desperate for Lorcán to stay well and can’t imagine a future where CF means he isn’t able to run around laughing and having fun. We are so grateful for those walking to raise money and to those who donate, thank you so much. ... See MoreSee Less
Walton to Chilcompton is Leg 15 of 61 for Steve today and kindly sponsored by St Augustine’s School Billington .....In June one of our Running4cf group Stephen Burton, who teaches there, organised a wear yellow and sponsored run day and raised an amazing amount for The Cystic Fibrosis Trust to support the LEJOG challenge ....massive thanks to Stephen and all at the school - an amazing amount and we are incredibly grateful 😊....here’s a message from Stephen -
Good luck Stephen Taylor. St Augustine's have now raised £1540.29 and would like to thank you for inspiring us to get involved and show our support. Keep up the good work and good luck on your epic journey!!! ... See MoreSee Less
Well after a 21 1/2 Mile Epic Leg yesterday into Walton they were off again at 7.45am this morning !!....on Leg 15 heading for Chilcompton..........224 miles done......I can only imagine what the body must be starting to feel like now......Alizon is doing a great job patching Steve up and Support Vehicle Malcolm is at hand keeping them supplied with what they need. Awesome work guys.....dig in....❤️ ... See MoreSee Less
It had to happen one day! 21.5 miles (not planned) 400 feet. I must be the biggest 17, 18, 9, 3, 11. Known to man! I will not swear on here so think about a, b,c, it’s easy as 1,2,3
First off it had to happen, we took a wrong path! If I never see the king Sedgemore Drain again it will be too soon! It was a wrong path side that cost us just over two miles, not a lot, but a lot when you have done enough.
Secondly I think I have broken records today, look at the photo, let me explain, I had tweaked a calf a few days ago I said nowt but just iced it up, but forgot to cover the ice pack with a sock, so I think I have frost bite you could not even write it LEJOG in 25 degree and the above numbers gets Frost bits!!!! Mr Bonington would laugh.!
It now is also looking a little infected looking after it well, but Elizabeth Jane Harris, can you help, my wife is with me who has been a staff nurse for over 30 years but we have not kit????. Any How rest of photos crossed the M5 today and I had my first twinge of home sickness I suppose it had to happen at some point.
LEJOG Leg 14 Ashford Reservoir to Walton for Steve and Alizon - and today’s sponsor is Holy Souls Primary School in Blackburn where our Running4CF friend Danielle Ellison is Headmistress and along with the whole school has been a huge supporter of Steve’s challenge. On 22nd June Steve and Garry plus a team of staff and volunteers walked 60 Year 10 and 11 children up to the Big End of Pendle on a sponsored walk whilst the younger age group did events at the school - they raised an enormous £2600 ...amazing and we are all incredibly grateful - Danielle sent Steve this message
‘What a fantastic thing you are doing Steve & all of us at Holy Souls have loved supporting you! Keep going - we’re all behind you! Lots of love from all your friends at Holy Souls - the best ‘Baby Shark’ singers in town! Xxx ... See MoreSee Less
Thanks so much to Emily Taylor - Steve’s daughter and friends who went to this event on Sunday and raised a massive £714!! Thanks so much to Waddington FC for organising and to Clitheroe FC for hosting and of course to everyone who went along and donated ....this whole event and the support for what Steve is doing shows what people can achieve when they pull together Gxx ... See MoreSee Less