Sheep Rescue Service

Posted on March 1st, 2008 at 19:58 by Paul

No team walk this week as I’m up in Yorkshire. I took Deefer the Dog for a walk in the hills around Dovestone reservoir, it was great to be back in some proper hills!

We came across a sheep which had fallen into one of the deep drainage channels leading to the reservoir. I called North West Water, but sadly “there’s a sheep stuck in your reservoir” wasn’t part of their call script. The woman who took my call gamely tried to stick to her training, asking me for my address and suggesting that as I lived in Hertfordshire, perhaps I wasn’t a North West Water customer. Eventually, I persuaded her that it wasn’t my water I was worried about, it was the increased sheep content of their water which concerned me.

I believe she pulled out all the stops though, as I was later called by a chap who had been called out to reservoir to say that the sheep had been rescued, and that the Mountain Rescue Service and the Fire Brigade had attended.

Team Walk #3 – 20 miles!

Posted on February 25th, 2008 at 10:16 by Paul

So far our training walks have never been further than 13 miles, but yesterday we pushed it a bit and went for 20 miles (32km) – almost one-third of the trailwalker distance.

The last few miles were hard, I think we all had blisters of some sort (damn you “1000 mile socks”!). The thought of doing the same circuit twice again seemed daunting.

On the plus side, we did it in 7.5 hours which is a good enough pace for the event and will improve with more training. Over the next few months we’ll do similar distances until it gets easier!

It’s all about the socks…

Posted on February 23rd, 2008 at 20:51 by Paul

Got a few blisters on last weeks walk, mainly due to poor choice of socks. For tomorrow’s 18 mile training walk I am prepared, having discovered the wonder of 1000-Mile Socks! These babies have an inner sock which moves with your foot and a thicker outer which moves with your shoes. The result is blister free nirvana!

I gave them a quick try out walking the dog for 3 miles, and they did feel good! Let see how they hold up tomorrow…

It’s a long long road

Posted on February 16th, 2008 at 15:10 by Paul

I am out walking solo today, 11 miles around baldock. It is also the first test of my software to blog live en route!

Sponsorship progress

Posted on February 12th, 2008 at 20:17 by Paul

Now that I have this team blog looking good I’ve started to point people at it. If you’re new to blogs and want to keep track of what we’re doing, I recommend using Google Reader to track this and any other blogs you’re interested in. To subscribe to updates from this blog, try this link

Though the rest of the team have already raised £170 of sponsorship, I’ve only just started, so a huge thankyou to Carri of the Dark Angel Design Company for being my first sponsor. Onwards and upwards!

Team walk #2 picks up the pace

Posted on February 3rd, 2008 at 16:35 by Paul

Today we completed about 21km around the Ridgeway and Ashridge as a complete team for the first time. This was also the first training walk to feature some hills too. To add to the realism, we had a 10km checkpoint marked off to see what our speed was like over hilly terrain. The result? 2hrs 10mins, giving us a speed of 4.6km/hr. On the flatter sections we were hitting 5.2km/hr, which is pretty encouraging too.

Extrapolating that speed over the whole course and factoring in difficultly of each stage gives us a finish time of 25hrs, including average of 20 mins rest at each checkpoint.

Now that we now we have a good pace, we need to keep extending the walks to build up the stamina.

We all finished the day highly optimistic!

First team walk, take two

Posted on January 27th, 2008 at 20:13 by Paul

As Peter and Jo couldn’t join the planned first walk, I accompanied them on a 12 mile walk this weekend. Peter’s knee held out just fine, and Jo was a storming pacemaker! After the Alyesbury walk two weeks ago it took me 2 days to feel fully recovered, but I really wasn’t too bad the next morning.

The training is working!

First 13 mile team walk

Posted on January 17th, 2008 at 15:59 by Paul

We did our first team walk at the weekend. The bad news was Peter and Jo couldn’t make it due to knee injury, but the good news was that despite wet and muddy conditions we didn’t do too badly, covering 13 miles in 6.5 hours. As we were geocaching along the route our moving average was around 3mph, which isn’t too shabby for our first effort.

Our next team walk is 3rd Feb, and will be 16 miles in 6 hours!