When I heard that CSAUK had been approached by Kris, that he and a group of his friends were wanting to take on the IOW Challenge and that they wanted to do this to gain sponsorship for the Cued Speech Association UK, my son Ben and I decided to go to the IOW to support them.
Spread over two days and covering a total of 106km, Zoe, Leonnie, Kris and Jono set off from Chale in the south of the island and commenced a route predominantly along the coastal path. With beautiful views, fine weather and a keen wind they set off, but anyone who has walked coastal paths will appreciate the ups and downs of this type of walking.
We met the group at Yarmouth in the northwest, after some six hours since the start, smiling in spite of having just passed through a downpour. Cheering them on, we heard later in the evening that they had completed the first day at Cowes in the north, thirteen hours since the start.
Day two began at 6a.m. at Cowes. Weather was beautiful sunshine, again with a keen wind.
We met the group at Sandown on the east coast. Regrettably Jono had to opt out due to injury having nearly completed three quarters of the course. The others continued on with good humour and renewed heat pads, until completing the course back at Chale later that evening. A total of twenty-eight hours walking over the two days was not only a personal achievement for them all, but also raised the magnificent sum of £2,876.01 for CSAUK.
Advertised as a challenge, it certainly was and the determination to complete the course in spite of tiredness and injury was wonderful to see. Tired, sore and aching, they received their yellow t-shirts and medals. Throughout, they kept their journey updated on Facebook and people continued to provide sponsorship.
As an organisation we rely on donations and are so grateful for their determination and spirit in completing the course. Personally Ben and I were impressed and humbled by their determination to keep going.
Well done to them all and many thanks to all those who sponsored them.