White Horse Challenge
My fellow colleagues have all taken on the White Horse Challenge with various distances. Some have had a glorious afternoon walking the dogs with their families on the 7 mile challenge, others have completed the full 52 miles on their third time doing the challenge whilst most memorably, another has had a very amusing (though not at the time) run in with the local wildlife. My previous experience of walking long distances was about 12 years ago doing the Duke of Edinburgh award at school. Back then I had to lug a backpack half my body weight up mountains, everything hurt, hills were greeted with a sigh and a quick march upwards and yes, I also had a memorable run in with some cows.
In 2016, I dabbled with the relay aspect of the White Horse Challenge, walking from the start of day 2 to the first checkpoint before handing over the hypothetical baton to my colleagues for the next stretch. In 2017, I wanted to commit to the family challenge and along with my colleagues Val and Sue we joined a dear friend and supporter of Wiltshire Air Ambulance, Sadia Chant on the last 7-mile stretch of her 52 mile weekend challenge. Having signed up to trek the Great Wall of China, this was a great chance to get some hill training in beforehand.
I experienced for the first time seeing the Lansdowne monument close up, having driven past it countless times and saw some glorious scenery between Calne and Devizes. Having never really explored this part of the county before, it was great to see it close up rather than via a car window! We really are lucky to live and work here.
It was a great afternoon walking, with a great group of people and none of us experienced the dreaded blisters! It was an honour to walk alongside people who support the charity and hear about their experiences with us. It’ll be an afternoon that’ll stay with me for a long time.
Fundraising & Events Coordinator
Wiltshire Air Ambulance