A few shots from last weekends training walks. The sun finally shone and we covered 20 miles, including the seven sisters. Only 7 days till the exciting trek of Hadrian’s wall from Newcastle to Carlisle. Can’t wait!
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As the challenge of walking Hadrian’s wall rapidly approaches I need to up the distance on my training walks. So, this weekend I planned to follow the route of one of my first charity walks from Hastings Pier to Eastbourne Pier. But in reverse. I knew it was around 18 miles, 3 miles further than my last big walk.
The weather was against me as it was supposed to be rather wet late afternoon, and to hit Eastbourne pier would mean doubling back on myself. I headed to the seafront the quickest way and headed towards the marina. This is a fairly easy walk as it is mainly very flat. There are some hard going sections, which you can avoid, but I like the change of terrain and chose the route that takes you across about 2 miles of shingly beach. Around 6 miles in started raining lightly and as I wasn’t yet halfway I knew I was in for a soaking.
Another 2 miles and it was time for the waterproof jacket. It looked like the rain was here to stay, and having stupidly not packed my waterproof trousers, the walk turned into more of a mental challenge. On the last 6-8 miles I would pass quite close to 2-3 train stations that could easily tempt me. As my legs got wetter, and I could feel the cold affecting my muscles, it was hard to keep up the pace and make it to the end. My lunch stop in a beach shelter fortified me as did the words of encouragement from friends online and I forfeited my reward of a pint to jump on the first train home. I had lost a mile or so at the beginning but I was very pleased with my pace and completed 16.5 miles in 4 hours 20 minutes. Next week I hope to break 20 miles cross country with some tough hills thrown in.
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The UK has been hit by snow this weekend, and the internet has bee awash with pics of snowmen and wintery scenes, Here is my contribution near the beach, in the form of snow covered boulders, down by the harbour wall in Eastbourne.
♯Eastbourne Air-Show. A great day for Eastbourne and all the visitor’s …
Over the weekend I took part in a charity body combat-athon to help raise funds for a local Hospice. Organised by an instructor whose Kardio box classes I have enjoyed in the past, I knew it would be fun and challenging.
I often look for different ways to practice my Kung Fu and add variety to training. In body combat classes you can do many hundreds of punches and kicks per hour which I would probably find it hard to practice otherwise.
Also it would be a great test of endurance, as I know how I tired I can feel after an hour session, so I would have to pace myself with 3 hours made up of:
1 x upper body warm up track
1 x lower body warm up track
30 x combat tracks!!!
1 x warm down track
It was such an enjoyable event and the energy from 60-70+ people going for it and shouting along was such a buzz. Other than quick water breaks between each track I did the whole session. Towards the 2.5 hour mark I was feeling like taking a break as I saw people sat outside cooling off as it was really hot in the hall, but each time the next track started I pushed on and was very pleased to complete it. A brilliant and testing workout with the benefit of raising money for a great cause too.
Any Eastbourne people really should check out the classes on:
To find out more about St Wilfrid’s Hospice or to donate please visit:
East Dean, England
This is Beachy Head near Eastbourne, East Sussex, looking back towards Belle Tout lighthouse. East Dean is a village nearby but in land a few miles away. This is one of my favourite areas for walks. The rolling hills you can see are called The Seven Sisters. Can’t wait to get out here over the weekend!
Source Flickr / valanne