After an evening at Scouts we were, as we often do, debriefing on the evening and socialising together. However, this particular evening was a bit different as we had a guest at Scouts; Susie Roach from the British Heart Foundation fundraising team. As one or two drinks were consumed discussion turned to how long it had been since we had signed up for a crazy team challenge and it was agreed it had been too long!
There have been half-marathons, marathons, 1000+ mile bike rides, overnight hikes and the climbing of mountains. All done in the name of raising much needed money for charity. Intrepid tales of daring doo on our various prior adventures flowed freely. The laughs rang out and fond memories of how much fun they had been resurfaced. Of course, no one mentioned was how hard and, sometimes, painful these events had been. Perhaps, in the fun, friendly atmosphere people chose to not raise such a ‘ghost’ or perhaps it is the mind’s way of coping to make you quickly remember the laughs, jokes and good times, whilst the tough times, pain and tears are buried deeply. Perhaps it was the selection of beverages we had consumed. We will never know. What we do know is that we very quickly talked ourselves into the British Heart Foundation 100km trek from Glasgow to Edinburgh in Scotland in July.
It is a 100km trek (62.5 miles if you prefer) which must be completed within 30 hours and will take us between Scotland’s 2 largest cities. There and then, with the spirit of friendship flowing, our places on the British Heart Foundation G2E Trek were booked, as were our flights and also our hotels. Some people think we can be a bit impulsive and don’t think anything through. I personally blame the internet on mobile phones and free wifi!
The team consisting of Scotters, G, Minty, Bruce, Gavlar, Dom, Stevie A and Lacky. Eight guys who, I think it fair to say, are not the first names that come to mind when you want to create a team of athletes for an endurance event. Walking 100km in 30 hours is no small feat; it is, in fact, hugely tough. If you want to visualise it, it is like walking from Brentwood to Ongar, then turning round and walking back……………five times. That is why training has already started in earnest and waist bands are already shrinking. This will be a huge physical challenge for the team and will, undoubtedly, require every ounce of our physical and mental stamina > It may also severely test our friendships!
Whilst the event is not until 21 July, we want to share with you our journey to the start line and then during the event its self.
We hope that through our blood, sweat and tears we can show that anything is possible, and that along the way you will help us raise money for both life saving research by the British Heart Foundation and the building of our new HQ!