|I got a medal, but I'm not sure I deserve it...|
As feared the temperature got the better of me. Having blood pressure issues and doing a sponsored walk on the hottest day of the year was a recipe for disaster, but I was determined not to let my sponsors down.
|Starting off with great determination...|
Rachel and Alice joined me today for a sponsored walk around the lake in Capstone Park, Chatham in aid of the Stroke Association.
|The lake - it was rather lovely...|
|Heading towards the first drink stop and spray station...|
One lap of the lake was a third of a mile, so I'd planned to do three laps, but with the temperature brushing 30° C, my optimism drained as fast as the colour from my face.
We managed one lap, with me becoming increasingly unsteady on my feet, and despite my determination to do a second, a short way into the next lap we had to call it a a day.
Rachel and one of the organisers helped me to a seat in the shade, in a marquee manned by two St John Ambulance volunteers.
My eye sight was fading in and out, the patterns in the grass scrolling through various Prisma filters as I tried to centre myself, rehydrate (drinking water was available in abundance), and cool down (Rachel was on fan detail, with her vintage fan).
Sure I spent longer sitting there than I did on the actual walk. Eventually Rachel went to fetch the car and park it closer to where we were; we picked up our medals and headed home.
I'm sorry if you feel like I've let you down; I know that's how I feel.
|Alice models her swanky new bandana|
I did the best I could under the conditions, and so far have raised almost £700 for The Stroke Association.
If you'd like to add to that sum you can do so via my JustGiving page here.
While I'm delighted that I made the effort, even though I knew what the weather conditions were, to turn up and join the more than 70 other people taking part in the walk, I'm also rather upset that circumstances outside of my control forced me to abort my walk after only one lap.
A massive thank you to everyone who has supported me so far in this endeavour. Have no fear, it'll be a good few years until I take part in another sponsored event (so start saving now), and hopefully then it'll be at a more sensible time of year!
The JustGiving page will say active for a few more weeks, and then I'll be able to report back a final sum raised for this incredible charity.