Recently some of our fabulous team at BMA House decided to set themselves the challenge of all challenges, hiking a mighty 26 miles in aid of Macmillan Cancer Support. We don’t do things by halves here at the BMA and after our Venue Manager, Kat had mentioned to the team about getting involved, we quickly had two teams sign up, who took on two very different but equally challenging routes.
Each member of the team had their own personal reasons for taking part, whether that was their own diagnosis, a family members diagnosis or even the loss of a loved one to cancer, they all knew the battles that people with cancer face and just how important Macmillan’s support can be. These super 7 did everything they could to raise money for such a great cause. As we said, we don’t do things by halves at the BMA and the team set themselves a mighty fundraising target of £2,000 for Macmillan.
Kat, Sasha, Lisa and Ellie were the first of the group to get their walking boots on and tackled the South Coast cliffs walking from Brighton to Eastbourne. These 4 battled hills, rain, sunshine and one of the UK’S windiest days to complete their 26.8-mile challenge.
Hannah, Rebecca and Sarah were the next 3 to take on the challenge and still pushed through with it, despite hearing just how brutal it was for the other 4. These 3 braved the ever-changing English weather and a slightly flatter more scenic route, walking along the Thames Path from Windsor Racecourse to Henley-on-Thames.
Both teams absolutely smashed their walks and their fundraising target, raising a total of £3,998.88 for Macmillan which is 112% target! Despite, aches, pains, blisters, and very sore feet, the team were incredibly proud of their achievements and completing the challenge.
So if we haven’t already inspired you to get involved, then read their stories here and you might just think differently. If they have inspired you and you are thinking about taking it on next year, you might want to read what they had to say first. Enjoy…
Kat: Our walk was well pretty much awful, who knew the seven sisters on the south coast actually meant 7 giant cliffs/hills to climb? I certainly didn’t! I’ve never experienced windy conditions like that along with rain, hail and sun!
The organisation of the walk is so good, great snack stops and a lovely lunch. Thankfully it stopped raining by this point.
Will I do it again? Maybe but probably not that route anyway.
Sasha: “We battled rain, hail, sunshine, hills that were the size of mountains and wind like I have never experienced before for 26.8miles! Very proud my myself, Kat, Ellie, and Lisa for completing it with a smile on our faces.”
Hannah: “We did the Thames Path one which had such lovely scenery and was luckily much flatter than the other one 😊.
Rebecca: “The route we (Sarah, Hannah and myself) took was so pretty, we walked along the Thames Path from Windsor Racecourse all the way to Henley-on-Thames. Very scenic which kept motivation levels up, plus it was flat so no steep hills to climb! The food and snacks Macmillan provided along the route were amazing. I’d definitely do this again one year and really felt my fitness levels come back 😊.
Written by Hannah Robinson
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