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When an old school friend con­tacted me four years ago to ask if I fan­cied do­ing the Three Peaks Chal­lenge I nearly laughed my socks off! I had no gear and no idea! Lit­tle did I know that a firm and en­dur­ing friend­ship would in­stantly be formed and the ‘Peaky Pals’ was born – meet Jac­qui, Ni­cola, Sam and me! (Donna), four like-minded ladies all liv­ing in close prox­im­ity at the foot of the South Downs near East­bourne. We have en­dured dodgy gear, blis­ters, lost toe­nails, ex­tremes of weather, mud (lots of mud!), ‘mo­ments’ (of which we have all had a few!) and shared laugh­ter (bor­der­ing hys­te­ria!), tears, dogs, lunches and, some­times, too much in­for­ma­tion (what’s said on a walk stays on a walk, af­ter all). We have im­pressed and in­spired friends and fam­ily to pick up the walk­ing ba­ton, learnt to map read (okay, so we still get lost but now have more chance of find­ing our way back again), met amaz­ing peo­ple, heard tales of in­spi­ra­tion and woe, lost inches, gained heart and health, and en­joyed awe­some views and scenery. The last four years has seen us take on marathons, moun­tains, #walk1000miles, badge meets and mad­der and mad­der chal­lenges. Walk­ing truly is the gift that keep on giv­ing, it’s Ther­apy with a cap­i­tal ‘T’ and we are all con­firmed ad­dicts! Bring on the next four years be­cause who knows where it will take us? (Can you de­tect my en­thu­si­asm yet?).

Donna Gurr, East­bourne

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