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Sunday, 18 June 2017

Step Out For Stroke: I Feel I Let You Down...

I got a medal, but I'm not sure I deserve it...

As feared the temperature got the better of me. Having blood pressure issues and doing a sponsored walk on the hottest day of the year was a recipe for disaster, but I was determined not to let my sponsors down.

Starting off with great determination...

Rachel and Alice joined me today for a sponsored walk around the lake in Capstone Park, Chatham in aid of the Stroke Association.

The lake - it was rather lovely...
Heading towards the first drink stop and spray station...

One lap of the lake was a third of a mile, so I'd planned to do three laps, but with the temperature brushing 30° C, my optimism drained as fast as the colour from my face.

We managed one lap, with me becoming increasingly unsteady on my feet, and despite my determination to do a second, a short way into the next lap we had to call it a a day.

Rachel and one of the organisers helped me to a seat in the shade, in a marquee manned by two St John Ambulance volunteers.

My eye sight was fading in and out, the patterns in the grass scrolling through various Prisma filters as I tried to centre myself, rehydrate (drinking water was available in abundance), and cool down (Rachel was on fan detail, with her vintage fan).

Sure I spent longer sitting there than I did on the actual walk. Eventually Rachel went to fetch the car and park it closer to where we were; we picked up our medals and headed home.

I'm sorry if you feel like I've let you down; I know that's how I feel.

Alice models her swanky new bandana

I did the best I could under the conditions, and so far have raised almost £700 for The Stroke Association.

If you'd like to add to that sum you can do so via my JustGiving page here.

While I'm delighted that I made the effort, even though I knew what the weather conditions were, to turn up and join the more than 70 other people taking part in the walk, I'm also rather upset that circumstances outside of my control forced me to abort my walk after only one lap.

A massive thank you to everyone who has supported me so far in this endeavour. Have no fear, it'll be a good few years until I take part in another sponsored event (so start saving now), and hopefully then it'll be at a more sensible time of year!

The JustGiving page will say active for a few more weeks, and then I'll be able to report back a final sum raised for this incredible charity.

Me and my family

10 comments:

  1. You didn't let anyone down - it was exceptionally hot and the fact you even left the house was an achievement xxx

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    1. I won't be making that mistake again in a hurry ;-)

      And thank you for your fantastic support xxx

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  2. Bah! Stop thinking like that. My health isn't much better and you probably did more than I could have. Personally, I'm proud of how much you accomplished.

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    1. Thank you, my friend. I came home feeling a bit broken, but as I've recovered I've come to properly appreciate what I did achieve (despite the weather!)

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    2. Old age is starting to get the better of us. It happens, sadly.

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  3. Do Not "feel down upon yourself" for you health limitations !!! the fact that you tried and put forth the effort to attempt... sows great courage on your part, my Friend...

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    1. Thank you, good doctor. That means a lot! Hope you're doing okay.

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  4. From your description, it sounds like you went well beyond what was needed of you in the walk! (Wasn't the whole point to set your challenge, after all?) Seems like you pushed yourself pretty hard!

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    1. Now I'm recovering (although the continued high temperatures don't help one bit), I'm realising the only person who was disappointed in my performance was me.

      As you said, the charity would have been happy with a single step. It was just because I'd "promised" everyone a mile and came up short - for reasons beyond my control - that I was disappointed in myself.

      But now I've realised these were extreme circumstances and I did my best.

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