On Saturday 26th September, nine intrepid supporters took on the Chilterns Challenge, a 50km walk through the stunning Chilterns countryside in aid of Shooting Star Children’s Hospices.

Jane, from Jack’s Sunflowers tells us the story of their amazing challenge.

“It was back in January when my friend Mel knocked on my door and said she’d got a perfect fundraiser for September – a 50km walk! It took me a couple of weeks to agree and up until the day of the challenge I had no expectations as to what the day would have in store.

“Along the way we managed to rope in friends Clare and Sue and started long walk training at the weekends and got up to about 14 miles. Then unfortunately Mel got a foot injury, Clare hurt her back and Sue was thinking she could only manage 25km.

“Nevertheless, the day finally arrived and we had a rucksack list of essentials – chocolate, sweets, pain relief, including brandy shots to numb anything that hurt! We were really excited, I think the fact we knew by Sunday it would be all over, got us to the start line. We had the weather on our side, everyone was in great spirits, so we started on our way.

“It didn’t take long for reality to hit home, that this wasn’t quite the walk in the park we thought it would be. We got to the first hill, soon after greeted by the second, and as we got the first few kilometres under our belt and reached a few flat areas we managed to catch our breath.

“By the time we got to the halfway point, people had already finished their runs and I was really envious as the pains had started to kick in. Starting the second half, the hills were harder, the flat bits were taking longer and it was a real test for all of us. We had a What’s App group set up with all our friends, which really spurred us on, they could sense it was getting tougher as the hours passed.

“Our fab four was an amazing team – and to cross the finish line together, still standing meant so much!

“The relief we had finished was overwhelming and really hit home knowing what we’d done for Shooting Star Children’s Hospices, such a well deserving charity that I will be forever grateful to. We raised £6,000 on Just Giving so would like to thank everyone that supported us to help the charity continue with their amazing work.”

We’d like to thank David, Sam, Melissa, Sammy, Anna and Jack’s Sunflowers – Jane, Clare, Susan and Melissa for taking on the challenge for us and raising over £10,000 for Shooting Star Children’s Hospices.

If this has inspired you why not take on your own Make Every Mile Count Virtual Challenge.