Walk the MS Mile
On 12 September 2015 I will be walking 1,760 yards or 1 mile, to help the Chilterns MS Centre celebrate its 30th birthday.
Maybe you don’t think that is very far; for me it is one heck of a challenge. I have always liked a challenge, I’m definitely up for this one. The real challenge is that I want YOU to sponsor ME. It is really easy.
I will be outside M & S on Saturday 12th of September ready to walk the mile; the fun starts at 11.00 in the morning. My personal backup team (wife Barby and a daughter) will be walking with me offering encouragement.
I am training everyday in preparation for the walk. I go out with my rollator and walk lengths of about 50 yards. I started off doing 10 of them in early August, each week I add an extra 2 lengths. I have several challenges to overcome so I can complete the walk. I suffer from serious foot drop and leg drop in my left leg. My sense of balance is atrocious. These problems mean that I cannot walk without an aid. Add to these MS Fatigue plus I can not be on my feet for very long. Throw in uneven pavements for good measure.
The good news is that already I feel much better for the exercise and I am have only been doing the training for 3 weeks.
Why am I doing this
During September the Chiltern MS Center want to raise £ 30,000. To do this they are arranging 30 one mile walks. Call Walk the MS Mile, one walk for each day of the month.
The mile is from M & S on the High Street to The Gatsby restaurant, also on the High Street and back again. Sounds really easy but is it? For a start I am going to have to walk through the Saturday market, there will be so many pedestrians. The pavement in Berkhamsted is atrocious and very narrow in a couple of places and finally there is a bit of a slope up to The Gatsby. I am sure there will be lots of people cheering us to Walk the MS Mile.
There are plenty of places where my support team can buy me refreshments. Sticky buns from the bakers, food from the market, beer from a brewery shop, coffee from one of the numerous cafes. So there is no chance of me going thirsty or hungry. The only problem is a simple one, can I walk that far? The last time I did a walk of any length was on holiday in St Petersberg in 2008. The MS has had 7 years to continue to erode my body, destroy my stamina and reduce the threshold for fatigue.