The Cotswold Way Bath to Cheltenham 62 mile walk
Having conquered the London Marathon and cycled from London to Paris plus many other challenges I felt it was time to take on a new challenge......
To make this challenge more worthwhile, I hope to raise money for The Adult Sarcoma Fund to help people affected by this awful disease in memory of Tony.
The Cotswold Way Challenge provides a stunning setting, with some fantastic views enroute and some serious hills in between! It will be a tough day, but worth it for that feeling of satisfaction upon completion.
The route is 62 miles over variable terrain. Starting from historic Bath to Cheltenham along the undulating hills of the Cotswold Way. The walk is expected to take between 20-30hrs with a total elevation of 2455m!
My lovely sister in law Natasha is walking with me; we will support and assist each other in our attempt to get round this extremely tough challenge.
We have been training long and hard over the course of the last few months walking for hour upon hour on our own as we don't live near each other! Suffering with very stiff and sore muscles but knowing our suffering will only be temporary.
I am so grateful to you all for supporting me.
About Tony and the Adult Sarcoma Fund
Tony left behind a huge void in all our lives. None of us can quite believe he's gone; we all thought he would get better. Despite the road to recovery being a long one, we always kept faith in the wonders of medicine and science. The team, led by Professor Hassan at the John Radcliffe, was superb throughout, and continues to work hard researching different treatment types for what can only be described as a tremendously aggressive and nasty disease that formulates itself in a way whereby the human body simply destroys itself.
Fewer than 100 people in Britain are diagnosed with Ewing's Sarcoma each year and, whilst specialist treatment centres such as that run by Professor Hassan at Oxford's John Radcliffe work hard to find a cure, there is simply too little awareness of the cancer and subsequently too few funds being channelled into the research.
Whilst there is nothing we can do to bring Tony back, we can do everything within our power to minimise the chances of others suffering in the same way that Tony did and to help minimise the pain felt by other cancer sufferers' loved ones.
Aged 37, Tony has left behind a mum and a dad, a wife and a young daughter, as well as a brother, his in-laws and many, many friends. I continue to work hard to raise money through various sporting challenges such as the London Marathon in 2012, the Silverstone half-marathon, curry nights, a quiz night, an Oxford to Cambridge bike ride, and the London to Paris bike ride - the list is long! I have enlisted the help of many friends and family members to participate in these events also, and to raise money for the Oxford Charitable Trust in which Professor Hassan's research team is a part.
Here's to our fundraising being a great success, and many, many thanks to all of you in advance for your kindness and support.
Lots of love,
Angela and Eleanor x