Slightly Mad, But Optimistic

It sounds lovely doesn’t it: ‘The South Coast Challenge’, a walk along the cliffs and downs of East Sussex, an area where my mum’s family come from and where I spent many happy childhood holidays

Well, that’s where the nice bit stops

A very silly friend, who is old enough to know better, told me he was doing this for the ‘Bloodwise’ charity who are currently supporting a friend in great need, and when I saw his email it felt very much like I really should join him, as he and I are part of an informal tribe who have already traipsed the West Highland Way together and attempted to scale the 6 Peaks – Snowdon, Scarsdale Pike and Ben Nevis twice each – in 48 hours (we only managed 4 Peaks, but it was worth a shot!). None of the other guys in the random bunch of extreme crazies took up the challenge. Perhaps that should have dissuaded me, but it just made me more determined. Of course it did, so before I could change my mind I signed myself up

The event takes place tomorrow, August Bank Holiday weekend. What could possibly go wrong?

(a) it could be VERY hot

(b) it could be wet

(c) my left ankle ligaments might react very badly

(d) it turns out that we have to get up at 5.00 in the morning to get there before we even start!

Did I mention that it’s 100km long, this walk? Or that my ‘friend’ had decided that we were doing it in 24 hours?

Slightly late, I processed all this information, and Brian (the ‘friend’) added to the mix by saying that there is a nice pub near the finish line. So it was a done deal. A JustGiving page was set up and Bloodwise sent us thank you messages for our prospective efforts

So, think of us as you enjoy the mixture of very hot and very wet weather this weekend (a double whammy!) and please consider donating to this wonderful cause

At least for us by Sunday morning, it should all be over, whereas the path to wellness is long and very hard for those affected by cancer. Ironically, only yesterday I found out that someone else I know has just been diagnosed. We are all hoping for a cure to cancer, but in the meantime, love and practical support are all-important

I will also be thinking of my fellow blogger Spearfruit, whose honesty and positive energy inspires many of us. Here’s to you, Terry …

 

 

Author: poshbirdy

Art deco/ art nouveau maniac enjoying a deep and meaningful relationship with alcohol

8 thoughts on “Slightly Mad, But Optimistic”

  1. I started to leave a comment on this and then the internet went down so no idea if it went. Good luck this weekend. At least there is a pub at the end !! Also to say huge world but tiny… Arundel my mum lives in Ferring – not far…xxx

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  2. You literally brought me to tears my dear friend. I am thankful for you and many others here on WP who on days I am feeling down, bring a smile to my face, even after the tears have flowed. I am very fortunate I can be of some inspiration to others. Good luck this weekend and when you get to the pub, have one on me. Thanks dear for your heartfelt message, I truly appreciate you. 🙂

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  3. I always used to pop up to Beachy Head on my lunch breaks while at Eastbourne college. A wonderful spot that was made all the more intriguing by the odd car that had been pushed over the edge (presumably unoccupied). I distinctly remember a mini with ‘going down’ spray painted on the top, perched mid way down the not quite sheer drop. Happy days.
    Good luck!

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