WALK THE WORCESTERSHIRE WAY UPDATE
Let me start by thanking you for signing up to Walk the Worcestershire Way for Vasculitis UK. The money we will raise together will make a huge difference to the lives of patients and their families affected by Vasculitis. I thought I would provide you all with an update to help you prepare for the day.
The walk will start in Bewdley at 06:00, which will mean we will need to assemble for 05:30 (ouch!) in the Dog Lane car park (https://maps.google.co.uk/maps?safe=off&hl=en&q=worcestershire+way&ie=UTF-8&ei=XSuCUeOMBeGP0AWh0YGgCA&sqi=2&ved=0CAgQ_AUoAg) by the start. After checking everyone in, handing out an emergency contact number and route maps, we will head off. We should all be able to take our own time and walk at a rate comfortable to all of us. It’s a long way and it isn’t a race! I will make sure that there is at least one marshal point on route, where you will be able to drop off any rubbish and collect fluids; I have written to several drinks companies to see if they wish to supply with me with stock for this. The walk will take between 12 and 14 hours to complete, so expect to arrive in Malvern by around 20:00. The walk finishes near The Foley Arms in Great Malvern, which may be a suitable venue to kick your boots off and enjoy some further well-earned refreshment. If you drove to Bewdley or are staying there overnight, you will now realise you are a long way from your car or bed. I am trying to arrange some free transport back from Malvern to Bewdley for those folks not local to Malvern or Worcester, so please let me know if you are going to require this to help me sort it out for you. If you are travelling to the area and want help sorting out accommodation, please message me here and I will give you some suggestions.
I never thought I’d give out health warnings, so this is a first! You will expend in the region of 8,000 calories on the day; make sure you carry enough fluids to remain hydrated, and calorie rich food to keep you going. Eat well the night before and load up on calories; you’re going to need them. Wear sunscreen (especially if you are on any Vasculitis medication!), and a supply of wet wipes or loo roll might be useful (you will be in the countryside without toilet access for over 12 hours). Make sure your boots have been worn in before the day. The biggest cause of blisters is wet socks; carry several spare pairs of socks and change them frequently to keep your feet dry. A bit of talcum powder may also help prevent blistering. Remember this is meant to be a fun event too and you are taking part at your own risk, so don’t overdo it. Know your limits and stick within them.
If I can help with any other details, if you have any concerns, or you would like to know more, please message me or message me your number and I will call. Once again, thank you so much for taking part.