Orwell Walk raises funds for EAST

On Sunday, 24 June Lynette Chapman set out to complete the Orwell Charity Walk and raise funds for EAST. She did an absolutely splendid job and raised a total of £2076.00. The following is an account from Lynette of her experience.

'My sincere thanks to everyone who so generously sponsored me for the above event - it was lovely to have such incentive to achieve my best.

My ‘training ground’ was what I call ‘The Grundisburgh Walk’ – a 2.4 circular walk from home. My best was just over 19 miles, and to do 8 x 2.4 laps of the same circuit is mentally either excruciatingly tedious or cathartic – depending on weather and mood; the only way I could keep an accurate tally on whether I was on round 5 or 6 or could it even be 7 - please, was to attach a length of string to my trousers and, to celebrate the completion of every lap, I added a knot!

Sunday 24 June began for me at 5:30am, with the rain pelting down, and a serious temptation to take a ‘sicky’ and return to the horizontal! During the day the weather was not particularly kind with Force 5 winds, rain nearing hail, clouds and sun. The conditions were also testing with lots of sticky mud and puddles – not a pretty sight on return. However, by far and away the best was the support and companionship of a seasoned Orwell Walk walker, so our 8 hours - including a stop for lunch and 10 registration stations supplying drinks and encouragement – ended at 3:30pm back at the Gainsborough Sports Centre.

The Walk and its ‘consequences’ are now well behind! I enjoyed the challenge and surprised myself on the day as well. Never having attempted its like before, I had no idea of the power of adrenalin, not to mention good company. Maybe, I shall look forward to a future attempt with a picnic hamper, bottle of wine and soft rug!'

Our sincere thanks go to Lynette for this great effort and for choosing EAST as her charity