Countdown to the 25 June is on. That’s when Walk Team Forepoint (aka WTF) will be venturing out for the Alzheimer’s Society’s #Trek26 event around Ullswater. The team will be taking on the challenging 13 mile route to raise as much money as possible for this amazing charity.
So, how’s training going? And more importantly, how much money have we raised so far?
Let’s start where it matters – fundraising
Our current total stands at £1,965. That’s just 2% shy of the minimum target we set.
To help smash it, please head over to WTF’s Just Giving Page and donate – if you’re a UK taxpayer, please don’t forget to add Gift Aid.
Next – some training updates
The training’s been going extremely well. The team now have three major sessions under their belt. They’ve acclimatised. They’ve battled against the elements. They’ve stumbled over different terrains. And now they’re super confident – feeling physically and mentally prepared for the challenge.
Training Walk One
Date: 6 March 2022
Location: Loughrigg Fell
Distance covered: 9.4km
The team included director Keith, designers Darcy, Karen and Gabe, plus project manager Jade. The fearless fivesome, and their supporters, set off from the cricket ground at Ambleside in the early hours of Sunday morning. Thankfully, conditions were perfect for the entire walk.
The team were joined by our four-legged friends Enzo and Skye. And although both dogs enjoyed their walk, Enzo confirmed that it’d all been just a bit too much for him. He ended up spending the rest of the day sleeping… well, like a dog.
Training Walk Two
Date: 3 April 2022
Location: Fair Snape Fell and Parlick Circular
Distance covered: 9.3km
It was a day of mixed weather conditions as the team set off on what is described as ‘the moderately strenuous circular walk’ near Chipping. Starting with Saddle Fell, then Wolf Fell, we took on the twin summits of Fair Snape fell, finishing with Parlick.
The team consisted of director Keith (he gets everywhere you know), designers Karen and Gabe, our project planner Nicky, and our technical manager Andrew. Oh yeah, and of course our obligatory four-legged friends – Enzo, who’d thankfully recovered by then, and Millie.
Training Walk Three
Date: 8 May 2022
Location: Loughrigg Fell
Distance covered: 10km
Training Walk Three was brilliantly summed by Keith: “What a great little romp that was.”
This time WTF took a different route round Loughrigg, with a visit to Rydal caves en route. Interestingly, the walking guide warns of blocks that ‘do occasionally fall from the ceiling’. Mercifully the team made it back without anyone getting squished.
Our thanks again to director Keith (always a constant), who was joined by his wife Sharon. Project manager Jade was there too, along with her daughter April. And designers Gabe and Karen were accompanied by Karen’s husband Marcello, plus Karen’s two sons Francesco and Marco.
Oh yeah, and our four-legged friends Skye and Enzo were there again too. Both dogs were knackered by the end of it. The rest of the team were ready for their beds too.
Meanwhile, at the other end of the country …
At this point, it’s important that we don’t forget about our relationship manager Val. She’s been doing her own training in the picturesque surroundings of the Cotswolds.
If the reports we’ve received are correct, Val’s training’s been going extremely well. Apparently, most of her walks have conveniently ended up at a nice little country pub. Well, the poor woman needed rehydrating, especially after the many wrong turns that were taken.
At least when Val joins the rest of the team on 25 June, her team mates will be able to steer her in the right direction – or at least let’s hope so!