To all of our amazing friends, family and others who donated money to us,
WE DID IT. We walked 100km. ONE HUNDRED KILOMETRES. And for every 1km we walked we earned £40.22 culminating in a massive £4,022 raised for MRKH Connect.
Neither Charlie or I have enough words to express how thankful we are. For every £1 donated, every message of support, every person that came out to cheer us on or bring us sandwiches, and everyone who believed in our lunacy.
We have raised over double what we thought we would, and the support along our entire journey, from blog to finish line, has been incredible.
So thank you, a million times. Your support won’t just make a different to those that MRKH Connect touches, but it will also stay with us for a long, long time.
Lots of love
The both of us xxx
Jen & Charlie’s post-walk debrief
What was your best bit of the walk?
Charlie: Can I say peanuts? But seriously, aside from peanuts it was walking over that finish line, it was the most incredible feeling, the emotion had been building, well for 100km it had, but to finish just felt incredible, I was so proud, bloody tired, but proud and very overwhelmed
Jen: The finish line. There were so many wonderful, fun and funny moments in those 29 hours, but nothing can beat the feeling of crossing that line. 29 hours and 19 minutes after you started, tired and beaten up but so incredibly proud.
What was the worst bit of the walk?
Charlie: The nighttime, that period from the 67km stop to 80km was just awful, worse than awful. Nothing prepared me for walking in a wood in the dark after already having walked for some 16 hours. The pace was slow, my muscles were ceasing and the endless 13km which took over 4 hours seemed never ending.
Jen: 67km – 99.9km. I’d love to sit here and say ‘it was all amazing’, but the hamstring in my left knee gave out at 67km and after that I was progressively using my walking poles as walking sticks. At 90km the right knee went and I was alternating limping for the last 10km. It was some of the most pain I have ever been in, the most pain I have ever pushed through. I wasn’t giving up, but that f*cking hurt.
Were you ever tempted to give up?
Charlie: Never, even at the 80km breakfast stop where we sat the lowest we probably felt the whole walk, despondent and force feeding ourselves porridge. I always knew we were going to do it, not sure in what state or how long but we were always going to get to the end.
Jen: No. I was getting over that finish line if I had to crawl. Knees or no knees.
What did it feel like crossing the finish?
Charlie: Like I had opened the emotional flood gates, I cried a lot. It was quite indescribable to finish I couldn’t at that point get my head around the fact we had walked for so long, so far and my family were there at the end, so proud. Really was incredible.
Jen: The first thing I said to Becky as I collapsed on her was, whilst crying, ‘that was a really long way!’. It felt surreal, and amazing, and ridiculous. There were really no words to describe it, so I think I just talked a lot about how far it was. Because I think that’s what you get stuck on – ‘I can’t believe I just did that, did I just do that?’.
What were the things that got you through it?
Charlie: peanuts, marmite sandwiches, hula hoops, the endless support and messages all day/night, Jen selfie bombing, Justin Timberlake, sheer grit and stubbornness not to give up when it felt so hard we wanted to cry and of course each other
Jen: The absolute and indubitable knowledge that I was going to finish whatever the cost. That resolve really can get you places. Also, the small luxuries. Yummy snacks, changing socks and clean clothes at 56km. The people that came out to surprise us that gave us a boost to carry on during our low moments. My walking buddies.
Would you do it again?
Charlie: No, not because I hated it (although I can’t say I enjoyed all of it at the time) but because I want to do a different challenge now 🙂
Jen: I loved it. If you want to do it, you should definitely do it. Train though, A LOT. But no, I am not doing it again any time soon. I want to focus on different challenges. But you know, never say never.