Hats off to Andy, Jason & Justin who completed an epic challenge to support Shooting Star Children’s Hospices. The trio of three men (without a boat) set of on a challenge worthy of Jerome K Jerome as they navigated the 180 miles of the Thames Path in just 9 days. raising over £8,000 so far.

Starting from the source of the Thames in Trewsbury Mead near Bristol on the 3rd of September, they set off in fine spirits, only to discover five miles later that they had gone the wrong way and were heading towards Wales.

It was clear from the start this would be a challenge like no other.

However they didn’t let this setback put them off and bravely powered on to reach their first rest stop by nightfall.  The next few days brought them fantastic views of beautiful English countryside as they continued onwards, as well as more unexpected challenges. A few days in an unexpected heatwave struck, and the team found themselves doing several 20 miles days in 25 degree heat – not what you expect in September.

 

Luckily as well as each other they had a committed band of family and friends to support them through a private Facebook group, where they could share regular updates, triumphs and observations on how the challenge was going.

“A ten hour waddle to Windsor today. I spent most of the day complaining about blisters and the real threat that I might die from them. Surprisingly little sympathy from the rest of the Team who I no longer like.”

Staff from Shooting Star Children’s Hospices also met them at various points during the walk to check up on them, walk part of the way or share a celebratory drink or two at the end of a long day. Hearing more about the families we care for and the challenges they face on a daily basis.

“This is not an easy challenge. Today is a marathon and again and again – 184 miles… I am nervous I may not be able to do it but when you remember that at least I have the choice and those children don’t then it drives me to succeed.”

The trio would like to say a huge thank you to all the pubs and hotels that offered free or discounted accommodation during their trip. Also don’t forget to take a look at their JustGiving Page to see how far they travelled each day.

“We passed a huge milestone yesterday and as we walked through Sonning Lock there was a sign which said “never allow the clouds of yesterday effect the sunshine of tomorrow”. Master that and I think we’ll be alright!”

Finally after days and days of walking the spires of London appeared on the horizon, and the team were welcomed by a reception party in view of the Thames Barrier, which marked the end of their epic trail. Congratulations Andy, Jason & Justin – now it’s time to put your feet up for a bit!

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