Six members of Team Derwent took part in the Workington to Keswick challenge a couple of weeks ago! Lisa Hawkrigg (Accounts), Judy Marsland (HR), Jason Birbeck (Purchasing), Phyllis Meckin (Manufacturing), Anthony Robinson (IT) and his wife Lesley battled against wind and rain to take part in the walk. Here, Lisa tells us her account:
"The weather conditions were terrible but the organisers, having already postponed it once due to snow, really couldn’t postpone it again. So on Sunday morning at 7.30am our small but happy band set out in the torrential, often horizontal rain and gale force winds to walk the 32 miles to Keswick. The conditions were so bad that 109 people who had pre entered did not even bother turning up on the day!
We were soaked to the skin by the time we passed the factory and going over Fangs Brow the rain felt like needles on the side of our faces. We had to wade through knee deep flooding at Lorton (or scale fences and walls to get round it!) to get to the check point. Unfortunately, Phyllis and Lesley had to retire due to injury at Buttermere, but they both did amazingly well to get that far (19 miles). The rest of us then had to struggle up Honister through 60 mile an hour head winds but at least the rain had stopped at this point.
The last few miles to Keswick seemed to go on for ever and we were all hurting but we finally made it to the finish line in just over 10 hours."
I asked a few members of the team about their own experiences...
Anthony, what were the best and worst things about the walk?
The best thing about the walk was, even though the weather was hideous, we were all able to still laugh about the situation we were in...most of the time!
The worst thing was the weather... and that horrible bit of road flooded by glacial water we had to walk through just before the second checkpoint.
Judy, what drove you on to complete the walk?
Staring hard at the back of Lisa's heels and the thought of hot pies at the end!
Jason, do you feel like the preparation you did for the walk helped on the day? If so, in what way?
The preparation for the walk was invaluable. Getting back out and doing regular practice walks at the weekends was the only way to go. Just getting used to walking longer distances on tarmac was a big thing in itself. Nothing, however, really prepares you for 65mph winds and driving rain!
Phyllis, can you give me a few words about your experiences during the last few years of doing the W2K walk?
I usually like to start preparing for the walk at least 3 months beforehand. I try to walk every day but this year, with other commitments, it was difficult. This year was a big low; I was so disappointed I couldn’t carry on past Buttermere.
I did the walk one year on my own it was supposed to have been with someone else but she dropped out. It was pleasant because as you went along everyone spoke and passed the time of day and as everyone walked at different speeds it passed the time away.
As I was walking along Borrowdale I met a lad from Seaton so we walked into Keswick together and when we got towards town we started running up the main street; it was funny because people started clapping as we went past.
Well done to the team!