Since I first talked about my fundraising aspirations I’ve done some planning and scaled down the first event to be a bit more manageable.
I’ve mapped out a ten mile route about my local city. Two loops of 3.1 miles around the city, a short linking walk to next start point (0.2 miles) and then five circuits of the big pool/pond at 0.7 mile each. I’ll be asking volunteers to walk some or all of that distance with me and to push my chair for part of the route.
The larger loops are slightly more physically demanding as there are quite a lot of kerbs and chair tipping to be done but the final phase is flat and obstacle free. That means hopefully that people of different abilities can take part. Plus if the weather is good the pool/pond is a good place to gather to spectate and see the end of the 10 mile walk/push.
I’m aiming for a Sunday afternoon in July and have emailed my family today to see if I can enlist any willing volunteers to get me started. Then I’ll get ME Research on board and look to publicise it all for International ME/CFS Awareness Day on 12th May giving me over 6 weeks to get it all sorted.
At a leisurely paced walk with changeovers it’s going to take about 6 hours from start to finish which is an epic outing for me in my condition. Plus I’ll be hoping to document the journey and do some live updates through the day.
But I have worked out that if I were to do a 10 mile walk by myself, doing as much as I am possibly capable of each week, it would take me around 80 weeks (yes eighty weeks) to finish. I think that demonstrates the kind of debility I live with every day and will have to be included in my blurb to circulate.
I’ve also been working on a free weebly site for the event and have used google maps to plan the route and get the distances right. It’s going to be a big challenge – organising it, publicising it, raising sponsorship and then actually doing it! But it’s achievable.
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