George and 2 friends undertook to walk 55 miles ‘around their gardens’ in full Dartmoor Ten Tors kit, replicating the cancelled event and raising money for MSF’s corona virus appeal. And you helped keep him going. Thank you!
It was a mammoth task, and one of the lads in a different village had to pull out due to impossible blisters. But George kept plodding – starting by the Wheatland Farmhouse and taking a turn through the orchard, back to the farmyard, and around the field where the eco lodges are…. and then repeat, many many times!
Lots of you sponsored him at justgiving.com/fundraising/tentorsfromhome or sent messages of support. So thank you all, because it really helped with the motivation.
The big challenge here was to keep going without the team and without the buzz of what’s usually a huge Dartmoor event with thousands of people. This time we had to replace the normal howitzer starting gun with a party popper and the excitement of the finishing line and cheering crowds with a a banner made from an old sheet. Pasties are the traditional end of walk treat too, so the ‘support team’ biked to Chulmleigh bakery to buy them, and then used our daily exercise outing to bike the other boys their share. If they can walk 55 miles in two days, then we reckoned we could cycle 20 miles down deserted roads!
George started at 7am on the Saturday, and walked until it was getting dark. The overnight campsite was on the grass outside Otter Cottage, where George cooked up stew. He was up off his carry mat and walking before anyone else got up, and carried on through drizzle. The low point was mid morning, when the blisters really hurt and there were still many miles to go.
But eventually he made it to cross the finish line. He made it onto BBC Spotlight too, the regional news show, and also had an interview with BBC Radio Devon. The total amount the three lads raised is over £1500, which will help people less fortunate than us deal with this global pandemic.