Paul & Brenda run the Rotary Way around Bolton

Raising £3,100 for Christie hospital - Saturday 28th March 2015

Paul & Brenda Complete the Run along the Rotary Way

Brenda and I completed the 55.36 mile route  with 1260m of ascent, including going over the top of Winter Hill, in 21h 15m, starting from Daisy hill, Westhoughton at 1700h on Saturday 28th March 2015.  We finished within our target  time but without the atrocious conditions we could have been a lot quicker.  Thanks so much to all of those sponsoring us who have enabled us to make a great contribution to the work of The Christie.  

Many thanks to Clive and Shirley Gardiner, who had the forethought to live on the route and therefore provided a convenient and comfortable feed station complete with friendship and encouragement. Also thanks to Tony Watts who met us at several locations round the route on Sunday providing mobile food, drink and kit exchange facilities and also a welcome and photo session at the finish.

The main feature of the trip was the appalling conditions.  We had gales and torrential rain as we traversed Winter Hill overnight, and these did not let up much during Sunday.  One of the results was that the ground was absolutely saturated; neither of us remember such bad underfoot conditions.  On field paths every footstep was slipping, every stile was slimy and every gateway deep in mire.  We ploughed shin deep through mud, forded a raging torrent, waded knee deep along a flooded parkland trail to the confusion of a fishing heron, and passed by a disgusting amount of urban litter.

We were in good form throughout the route and kept our good spirits up to the finish.  Getting back home we managed to pack in enough sleep to catch up for a missed night and were back at work again as usual on Monday, but perhaps not moving quite as fluidly as we did on Friday.

  They raised £3,100 for Christie NHS Foundation Trust in sponsorship - A great effort

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