On­ward and up­ward!

Country Walking Magazine (UK) - - Your View -

I know I won’t man­age 1000 miles this year. I’ve been blighted with ill­ness and in­juries since De­cem­ber last year, BUT it doesn’t stop me try­ing. In be­tween the 1000 miles chal­lenge (for which thanks!) I’ve been adding a few more for my­self, push­ing my own bound­aries, find­ing out who I re­ally am. Things like go­ing down the mas­sive pot hole Gap­ing Gill on In­gle­bor­ough on the May Bank Hol­i­day, and a 50km trek in the Bre­con Bea­cons one day in June. Re­cently the doc wanted to sign me off for a fort­night due to RSI, so I com­pro­mised with a week’s hol­i­day.

My part­ner set me an­other chal­lenge while we were away. Paraglid­ing. I don’t like heights, I suf­fer from mo­tion sick­ness and when some­one tells me to jump off a cliff, I don’t do it! But this time I did, and hon­estly... it’s one of the best things I have ever done. Les­son learned – be­lieve in some­one who be­lieves in you and more im­por­tantly, be­lieve in your­self. Brace your­self #walk1000miles. I’m not done yet. Pat Hart­ley- Gib­son, Email

Ed says: Pat you’re so right! It’s amz­ing where a step in the right di­rec­tion can take you.

Afraid of heights? Me? Turns out I was wrong!

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