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Hadrian's Wall Trek - Day 3

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  So with day 3 of our trek, we predicted it as the toughest day and we were not wrong! Day started off alright even though we can't say the George Hotel live up to the standard.  It had a nice bed and hot shower which to us might as well have been 5 star as we were so knackered from the day before! After breakfast, we went into Chollerford high street to pick up some supplies. Although this added an extra mile to our distance it also proof that our legs still works and it's good to have a little stretch before the actual trek! We are all geared up with paracetamol and plasters for our blisters.  Deep heat are rubbed and stretches are done! With food and sports drink packed we feel as ready as ever! We first got off to Chester Roman Fort to get our Hadrian's Wall passport stamped, then we head off to the Hadrian's Wall path!  Nothing will stop us now.... .... unless it involves a field of killer cows!!!! Recalling a story told by a fellow trekker yesterday travelling th

Hadrian's Wall Trek - Day 2

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  After a good nights sleep, we are ready for day 2 of the Hadrian's walk trek!  I say we are ready but our legs are still tired and recovering from yesterday. I have also discovered I had a blister on my right foot and so did Christine. Together with my dodgy back and her knackered ankle, it's time to drug up with pain killer and cold spray. Preparations ready! Let's go! We first met up with my big sis Fiona and her boyfriend John who had travelled two and a half hours away the night before to meet up with us to give moral and physical support by walking part of the trek together!  I haven't seen my big sis since way before lock down but we chat, joke and catch up like we only saw each other last week.  We had such a great time and it made the journey a breeze! We left Heddon-on-the-wall and made our way to the Hadrian's path which is mainly along the B6319.  Our first destination was the Robin Hood Inn not only because its a pub but also the place to get stamp f

Hadrian's Wall Trek - Day 1

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  So, here we are day 1! Can't believe we are really doing it! The start of a 87 miles begin with baby steps, and also a full belly!  After being dropped of at an Asda Carpark in Wallsend by Andy (brother in law), we immediately looked for a Costa to refuel ourselves before our first leg. Plus we have to make our way to the Segedunum Roman Fort & Museum for a Hadrian's Wall passport so we can collect our stamps along the way!  When we got there, we ended up also buying a t-shirt that saids we have completed it! We will wear that on the last day I think! After our stamp on the passport, away we go!  We were excited and full of energy as we couldn't believe we are finally doing this for real!  It will be a fab adventure and I won't wish to do this with anyone else but Christine because I understand how important this is for her.  I want to be there for her and celebrate the success and achievement.  And also because she got shorter legs than me so I should be able to

Hadrian's Wall Trek - The night Before

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  From Christine:- So it is now the night before the start of our walk. Thought it would be good to do a bit of reflection. How do I feel? It's been quite mixed over the last couple of months, sometimes up, sometimes down. What started out as excitement and a personal challenge because we were going to have a nice chilled walking holiday without the kids has now the addition of a bit of anxiety and pressure of meeting peoples expectations. Don't get me wrong, we are still going to do it, and probably a bit nervous but we will no doubt get into the flow of things once we are out there. However, I know I would have felt much worse if I haven't learnt the skills and coping mechanisms that Mind and other similar support groups have offered. The previous me,  would have set myself unrealistic targets because I needed and was expected to be the very best. I would probably have trained everyday, walked the fastest pace and longest distance, but it would never have been enough.  I

Hadrian's Wall Trek - The final count down!

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  It's the final count down! This is our last long walk before the trek. We are super serious and want to make sure we have cover all scenarios so we have planned a long circular route that would have everything!  What I haven't account for, was at the end of camping last weekend, I managed to fell on my arse playing football against the kids (mid teen and younger).  FIRST CONTACT!!!! Other than my ego I have also bruised my lower back and have been in pain all week. It gets better every day and don't actually hurt at all when I walk. But occasionally it will give me a sharp shock of pain when I move in a certain way. I'm hoping it'll be gone by Friday but it would not affect our trek! Christine would carry me if she have to (even though she haven't agreed to it yet!)! For this 10 mile trek we are packing for real! All the clothes, toiletries,  electrical, first aid kit, full water bladder and even extra pair of trainers. Came to a total of 9 or 10 kg which is t

Hadrian's Wall Trek- Not long to go!

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  Only another weekend before the Hadrian's Wall trek! We are certainly feeling the pressure! But our training schedule was disturbed by the heat wave and other commitments, like camping!!! Last weeked was our annual camping trip with our Book/Film club which consists of four close knit families for which our kids grow up and go to school together since they were 6 years old! The mums are the 'book' club but as far as I know, they've never read any books and the dads are part of the 'film' club where we do actually go to cinema together occasionally.  But who are we kidding- we are actually the Wine/beer club where everytime we get together we just get drunk! During our weekend camp at Top End Farm, we manage to drag ourselves away from the drinking (for me anyway as Christine don't drink anymore) to fit in a walk to the middle of Little Staughton.  Our mission is simple - to train when ever possible and enjoy the great outdoors! And also, see if the nearest