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Andrew Richmond – Taking The Challenge

Please read the below article from Andrew Richmond, who is completing nine 26+ mile walking challenges for Macmillan Cancer Support:

For many years I have enjoyed walking, hills, mountains, canals old railway walks, you name it I’ll walk it. Over the last 14 years I’ve taken on challenge walks, which involves finishing a long distance walk in a set time and ensuring that each checkpoint is visited. This passion, obsession or just plain stupidity has led to this 2016 ultimate personal challenge.

All my walks raise money for their own individual causes from the entry fee, but this year I have decided to raise money for my own individual charity, which is Macmillan Cancer Support. I’m sure the cause is one that we all know of and have either had personnel experience with or know someone who has.

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After the climb on the Pennine 24, 1st challenge walk 27th February

Every year I take part in challenge walks of between 26 and 28 miles in length. So this year I have decided to push myself to the limit and do nine 26+ mile waking challenges, and the ascent of Mount Mulhacén, the highest mountain on the Spanish Peninsula.

Each walk has been mapped out and loaded up to my Active 12, the last thing you want is to get lost on any of these walks and end up going further than you need to, and it has never let me down. Clearly I do have the skills to read a paper map and use a compass, but when you’re in the middle of a windy Pennine moorland the last thing you want is to have the paper map flapping around. So I tend to use GPS with the route all loaded up and tracked, this really does enable you to correct a wrong turn in a matter of metres. Also you can’t always rely on the follow the person in front method, they may have gone the wrong way.

Muddy boots after the Golden Fleece event.
Muddy boots after the Golden Fleece event.
Endless muddy lanes on the Golden Fleece Circuit 5th March
Endless muddy lanes on the Golden Fleece Circuit 5th March

The view NE from the summit of Mount Mulhacén 23rd May
The view NE from the summit of Mount Mulhacén 23rd May

My progress and details can be found on my website using the link below.

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