Friday, 20 October 2017

‘Wanderers’ walk round Isle of Wight in 25 hours for charity

FIVE women from Wargrave raised more than £2,500 for charity by walking 100km in almost two days.

FIVE women from Wargrave raised more than £2,500 for charity by walking 100km in almost two days.

Caroline Atkinson, Charlotte Taylor, Mandy Doward, Gill Jennings and Rosie Hancock, otherwise known as the “Wargrave Wanderers”, took part in the Isle of Wight Challenge.

They walked round the island in 25 hours, taking an estimated 800,000-plus steps.

The women were among more than 2,000 people who took part in the challenge and saw the island’s white cliffs, beaches and the famous Needles, three stacks of chalk that rise out of the sea.

Mrs Atkinson said: “It came at a price. Despite all those miles in training, we suffered with more than 20 blisters and lost six toenails between us. We also had one poorly knee and a bad case of shin splints.



“But it was more psychological than physical — we all had moments of not wanting to go on but luckily not at the same time. Our vow to stick together never wavered. 

“Would we do it again? Who knows. For now we are just pleased to have raised more than £2,500 for Macmillan.”

The women are members of the Nuffield Health gym at the Piggott School and prepared for the challenge with regular walks around the village. 

They also ventured into the Chilterns to get experience of climbing hills and completed a 19-mile training walk on the south coast.

To make a donation, visit www.justgiving.com and search for “Wargrave Wanderers”.



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