David Hayward who works at Tesco Liverpool Metro, tells us about his solo challenge walk from John O’Groats to Land’s End.
My grandfather passed away in his 40’s from heart disease in the same year that I was born and my partner also has a history of both heart disease and diabetes. Those life events recently made me think about what I could do to raise money for Diabetes UK and the British Heart Foundation.
I wanted something to really challenge me and a long distance walk had held an appeal for some time. To avoid the added expense of flights and visas, it had to be UK based. Walking from John O’Groats to Land’s End met the brief perfectly and I was lucky to be able to take a 12 week lifestyle break from work, so I could do it in one go.
It’s a small world!
I’ve been planning my walk for some time now and discovered just before I set out, that thousands of colleagues were also fundraising, walking in relay in the opposite direction from Land’s End to John O’Groats! Surprisingly our paths haven’t crossed, but I’ve called at a few Tesco stores along the route, who have been really supportive and cheered me on my way.
Spending so much time outdoors with the amazing views are a big motivating factor. It’s really helped to make up for some of the aches and pains so far!
The long road ahead
As I write this blog, I’m 130 miles in and have around 980 miles to go. The next part of the walk takes me along Loch Ness, heading into the Western Highlands which I’m really looking forward to, as the scenery will be stunning no matter what the weather. Surprisingly, the distance ahead doesn’t feel too daunting, although I did have an incident where my tent was swarmed by at least a dozen spiders and lots of other creepy crawlies. I’ve never been a fan of insects and I’m definitely not now!
How you can support me
I’m aiming to raise £3,000 for Diabetes UK and the British Heart Foundation before I reach Land’s End in December. If you’d like to support me by making a donation, you can find my JustGiving fundraising page here