Wednesday 31st March - probably about 3.30 - 4.30am.
As some of you are aware, I’m currently participating in the “March the Month” campaign for Prostate Cancer UK. The challenge is to walk at least 11,000 steps every day throughout the month of March. This morning before work I did my Lockdown Walk 36 - http://tomread.co.uk/lockdown_36.htm - and so I have now gone through the 11K step target for all 17 days of March so far.
On the final day - 31st March - I intend to go for a ‘grandstand finish’ to the campaign. My ambitious plan is to walk to work in Leek, Staffordshire from my home in Macclesfield, Cheshire. The route I’ve planned uses mainly public footpaths, canals and disused railway lines - and (of course) passes over Bosley Cloud G/SP-015. It’s approximately 26km and I estimate will take 7 to 8 hours to complete.
Hence I will be setting off from my home QTH around midnight. I’m going to plan some long walks and increasingly early bedtimes in the days leading up to the stunt. But most importantly, when I do reach The Cloud G/SP-015, will there be anyone to answer my calls? A good number of my SOTA friends have kindly donated to the fundraising for Prostate Cancer UK, but I’m hoping some may set their alarms to offering some on-the-air encouragement when I put out some calls as I get to the summit at stupid-o’clock!
(When I arrive at the school in Leek, I will change into a suit and do a full day of maths teaching - but that should be easy compared to the trek!)
My photo blog of the first 16 days of the challenge is here: (I’ll add this morning’s sometime this evening).