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Coast to Coast 2008

Coast to Coast 2008 - Preparation & Training

From my point of view it was very much business as usual. I have continued to walk between 125-150 miles every month over the past 4 years on a variety of terrain including mountain, fell and valley. Although I am overweight based on the body mass index for my height and age I am fairly fit and keep active. My training plan was to continue my normal monthly walking targets but increase the frequency and distance over mountainous terrain in the month before our walk.

In the weeks leading up to our walk I managed to fit in many decent quality mountain walks including several routes over and around the Kinder Plateau and over and around Bleaklow in the Peak District, as well as Ingleborough in the Yorkshire Dales. I had a setback about 1 month before the walk when I needed to see a consultant quite urgently and this was followed by scans and tests to establish whether I would be fit enough to complete the walk. I was obviously relieved when the consultant told me that the scans and tests showed nothing to prevent me from undertaking the walk and although my medical condition has not cleared I was delighted to be able to go on the walk. I would have been gutted if I were unable to set out on the walk, as much for Malc and Mick as myself.

Preparation in the form of walking for Malc and Mick was a little more difficult as both had work and family commitments that restricted the frequency they could get out on the hills although both were putting in some distance walks when they could. Malc had changed jobs but did have a 2 week ‘window’ in which to put in some extra training and he accompanied me on a walk from Edale up onto the Kinder plateau and down Jacobs ladder back to Edale. A good walk on some tough terrain in mixed weather including a pretty severe hailstorm whilst we were dancing around the Kinder peat bogs. Malc also joined Mick and myself on a walk from the Snake Inn up onto the northern edges of the Kinder plateau on Monday 5 May. The weather was kinder to us on this occasion as we completed a decent 12 mile walk over rough terrain and ended up have the statutory pint of beer at the Snake Inn before heading home.

Mick was now self employed and was very busy with his work, in between a planned 2 weeks house sitting holiday in Spain. He came back from Spain 8 days before our walk and had very little time to get out onto the hills apart from the walk with Malc and myself on 5 May, Having said that, Mick is generally a very fit and powerful man and I had no doubt he would complete the walk. Mick is a man who completed the Lands End to John O Groats cycle ride for charity in 5 days and the National Three Peaks Challenge by scaling Ben Nevis, Scafell Pike and Snowden in a little over 19 hours. Would he complete the C2C? Absolutely!

With all the planning and preparations over we had a pre walk meeting at my home address on Thursday 1 May with our wives to go through our C2C plans. Linda, my wife, provided us all with some home made pie and pea’s and a Marks & Spencer lemon dessert. The final transport arrangements were made for pick up the following week and we all seemed ready and looking forward to the challenge. Just a few bits of extra kit needed such as socks and base layers but otherwise we were all set.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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