Walkers, from far afield as Cheltenham, were in good spirits throughout the walk, despite the early start.  Great support was given to the walkers by marshals at checkpoints, throughout the walk.  One walker, David Flanagan said, “It hurt at times, but we were doing it for the children.  Our pains will heal”.  As the day progressed it was obvious we would have some early finishers.  Chris Haines and his team were first back to Hood Park Leisure Centre in less than 12 hours, beating their time from last year.  The mileage is in dispute, as some walkers believe it was closer to 37 miles than 35.  Nevertheless out of the 25 who started, 23 completed the challenge walk, an outstanding effort by all involved. The final total raised is expected to exceed £3,200, with every penny going to Wishes4Kids.  Although participants were taking part to raise money for Wishes 4 Kids many of them had their own goals in mind.  One participant, Angela Sealey, lost over 9 stone last year and had this challenge as her next milestone to complete.  Another recently had an operation and wanted to prove to everyone that they were still capable of achieving this goal.  Adam Clark, who walked in a team of 4 says, “The Ivanhoe Way Challenge is very difficult, but achievable goal.  The sense of achievement, when getting to the end, is incredible”.

We are both delighted with how the event has gone and would like to say a big thank you to all the participants.  We would also like to say a special thanks to all the volunteers, without them this event could not take place.