More then 550 volunteers took part in this years Chiltern 3 Peaks Challenge to raise money for the very deserving charity, the Rennie Grove Hospice.
The challenge itself required a walk along the Eastern section of the Ridgeway-Britain’s oldest road, through three different counties in a place that has been designated an area of outstanding natural beauty.
Last year I made the mistake of carrying way too much, so this year, I ditched the rucksack entirely, which made the 18 mile walk so much easier. I figured food was available all along the course-which it was, including the chance to nip into the Co-op in Wendover, so that was one thing less to carry. And water bottles were generously provided at regular water stations along the route so again, I didn’t need to carry them either. In fact, there wasn’t even really a great need for that regular of hikers staple: the first aid kit, because members of the St John’s ambulance were also supporting the days events and could be seen all along the course. This was a reflection on just how well organized the event was-everything was provided, even down to your transport back to your car, courtesy of Arriva buses and the drivers themselves who freely gave up their time.
As a local, it’s a wonderful experience, being able to see the place that I live from an entirely different vantage point. Now, all of the hills I see every day on the horizon, actually mean something. They are more then just hills. Places like White Cross Hill, Pulpit Hill, and Coombe Hill are really steep. I know that now! And I have the aches in my feet and calf muscles to prove it!
Me and Ben made pretty good progress during the day. Leaving the School at Princess Risborough just after 9am, eventually arriving at the top of the Beacon in Ivinghoe, seven hours later shortly after 4pm, to join a whole pack of other walkers who were already at the top, cheering and clapping the conclusion of their own personal adventures.
All in all, a great day, so cheers to Rennie Grove Hospice Care for all their hard work in organizing such a wonderful event.