A group of hardy trekkers have just completed a 5 day, 87 mile hike along the length of the iconic Hadrian’s Wall in the north of England to raise funds for The Haemochromatosis Society and raise awareness of GH.
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The GH Challenge 2017 left Bowness-on-Solway on the west coast of Cumbria on Monday 14 August and walked across country to Wallsend in Newcastle-Upon-Tyne, following the route of the old Roman wall. The wall marked the northernmost border of the ancient roman empire and the route takes in some amazing archaeological sites as well as some stunning scenery and tough terrain.
The group, which was accompanied by the charity’s Chief Executive David Head, faced a wide variety of terrains and weather, from steep rocky paths to riverside promenades, and from pouring rain through to glorious too-warm sunshine. All of the participants had raised sponsorship for the challenge and the event is expected to return about £7,000 for the charity once all the sponsorship money is in.
David said “All of our hikers should feel very proud of themselves, it’s a tough hike and walking 16-20 miles each day for 5 days running is no mean feat, especially when you consider that some of our participants have haemochromatosis themselves and suffer joint problems as a result. It was a wonderful week, a great achievement, and a successful fundraiser, what more could we ask for?”
On day 1 the trek went from Bowness to the city of Carlisle, on mainly flat ground but in wet conditions, and unfortunately involving several detours due to recent flood damage along the Solway. On days 2, 3 and 4 the terrain became much more difficult, with some very steep rocky paths to contend with, especially on the central section where the group also faced very hot weather. On the final day the hike descended quickly to the banks of the Tyne and then followed the river right through Newcastle/Gateshead and up to the Segedunum Roman Fort in Wallsend.
A special treat on the middle day was the appearance of Venutius, a Celtic Warrior brought to life by Kev Robson of Wild Dog Outdoors. As a result the society and haemochromatosis is to be featured in local papers along the route, plus the group had a chance to rest a while and learn something about the arms and armour of Roman times in Britain.
The GH Challenge 2018
The charity runs The GH Challenge every year. In 2018 there will be two ventures, a one day climb of Mount Snowdon in Wales and (for the brave and hardy) a 14 day cycle from John O’Groats in Scotland to Land’s End in Cornwall, covering over 1,000 miles. To learn more or to take part in either event please email Debs Knight, Events Coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org.