After 26 miles, almost nine hours and numerous drinks stops, I can finally say that I’ve done it. I recently completed the Thames Path Mighty Hike to raise funds for MacMillan Cancer Support – a charitable organisation that supports those living with cancer.
The grueling hike was a step away from my usual role as Operations Manager here at FSC Oceans where I’m focused on getting customer goods, rather than myself, across the finish line.
My training regime leading up to the event consisted of little more than a daily stroll to and from the train station, which made the marathon distance even more of a challenge. But with the good people at MacMillan Cancer Support standing to benefit, I was determined to finish. Like most people today, cancer is something I’ve witnessed have a profound impact on those around me and completing the hike was my small contribution to help those affected.
At 10am I lined up alongside hundreds of other participants at the start line in Windsor before embarking on the 26-mile course along the banks of the iconic Thames River. I didn’t tell many people I was taking part, as I wasn’t sure if I would make it and at the 20-mile mark, I still wasn’t sure. The final six miles from Hurley to Henley were the hardest, yet the most rewarding as I finally crossed the finish line at 6.40pm.
I came in 271st out of a field of 1,407 walkers, a remarkable turn-out for such a worthy cause.
While I’ve clocked up the miles on foot, there is still work to be done online to raise much needed funds for MacMillan Cancer Support. Every little bit counts and goes a long way to making their vital services possible.
Go to https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/fscoceans to make a donation.
MacMillan Cancer support is a charitable organisation that provides support services for people living with cancer and is a driving force for improving cancer care in the UK. Go to https://www.macmillan.org.uk for more information.