What’s happening?

Posted: July 29, 2015 in Before

On the 13th September we start a short stroll… of 84 miles (135 km) along Hadrian’s Wall.

It’s our good friend, Mark Bennington’s, 40th Birthday. For some reason, more than likely after a few beers, he thought this might be a good idea.

Let the laughs, blisters and, knowing Mark, the hamstring injuries, commence!Boots

Night 5.

Posted: September 18, 2015 in Uncategorized

A few drinks last night as we hobbled around the streets of Newcastle. A lovely Chinese meal and you couldn’t get more stereotypical than walking into a bar and the juke box is playing back to back Jimmy Nail hits.

A couple of things to note from the below pictures.

1. Yes, Mark is in a cheerleaders outfit.
2. Mark is holding the chopsticks purely for show.
3. Mark was served a treble whisky in one bar…because you can only have it as a treble.

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Time for breakfast and to get ourselves back home…

Day 5. Done it.

Posted: September 17, 2015 in Uncategorized

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At 3.55pm..after 15.75 miles today and over 100 miles in total over 5 days we arrive at Wallsend. Unsurprisingly this is where the wall ends. Here’s the story of the day…

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After a hell of a downhill stretch that tested knees and calf muscles…we finally see the River Tyne. No fog. No Gazza.

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Simply followed the river today through Newcastle.

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With just 7 miles to go we seriously contemplate an alternative, and quicker, route to the end.

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More of the River Tyne and as you can see the weather has been very kind to us.

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Us loitering at the Millennium Bridge. Please note we may be smiling in these photos. We are all hiding our pain…

…and there you have it. Hadrian’s Wall is complete. We’ve had popped blisters, strapped knees, taped toes, bad backs and sore calf muscles but we made it. At times the language has been ‘tasty’ but the humour has got us through. We’ve had to navigate around thousands of cow pats, through many gates, climb many ladders and stride across many bridges. Now for a few beers in Newcastle to celebrate.

Day 4 – Update Again

Posted: September 16, 2015 in Uncategorized

Unsure what the weather is like back home…but everyone goes up north for the weather. Bigger update later…

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Shorts. Shades. Suncream. 16.5 miles done. Winning.

More photos from today…

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Beautiful scenery to start the day.

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The boys on one of the last bits of wall. Blue sky – glorious.

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Our map reader at work.

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Jon trying to get the team to start the YMCA.

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Unsure if these were early morning dance moves but Mark insists he was simply limbering up.

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This is the Great North Lake. No prizes for guessing what the one opposite was called.

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Any opportunity to lean…we take it.

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The Great Southern Lake.

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When you see a road like this…long and uphill.. it really does inspire you!

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16.5 miles done and we find our home for the evening.

Day 4 done and just 1 more to go. Bring it on.

Day 3. Broken.

Posted: September 15, 2015 in Uncategorized

Today has been another 26 miles+. This time up and down crags – some ridiculously steep. Weather has been great, perfect, we finally finished at around 7.30pm.

Lack of words due to complete tiredness. Check out some photos though…

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Can’t belive how close to Moscow we were.

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We hit the highest point…345 metres above sea level.

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Just another piece of flat land to stroll over. Just after this photo we all started jogging.

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Mark falls down a hole.

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Richard and the tree from the Robin Hood movie. Kevin Costner had popped to the supermarket so wasn’t about for a chat.

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Spent so long looking for the tree it had to have more photos.

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Stunning views.

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Made a friend. Pretty sure this one was a Princess in Star Wars.

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Any opportunity for a rest we took it.
Day 3. What a day. A couple of days ago a lady expressed her shock we were walking this in one day. Another said that experienced walkers are shattered when they do this stint. They were both right. Onto day 4…

Day 2… UPDATE

Posted: September 14, 2015 in Uncategorized

Unfortunately due to terrible internet reception and  signal we cannot seem to do a decent detailed update of today.

Fair to say though today was tough. We covered the distance of a marathon and we are all feeling some aches and pains. Tomorrow will be slightly shorter but still 20 mile+. The issue with tomorrow will be the hills.

Must mention though at 4.05pm we finally found the wall. Good night!

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All Monday mornings should start with a Wetherspoons at 8am…and ours was no different. The locals may have been starting their first beer but as we are athletes..it was orange juice for us. Then we started our walk along the river.

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A theme of this walk appears to be self service refreshment huts. “Nice cup of tea!” Mark shouted. Can you imagine his fury when there wasn’t any milk?!

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As it approached lunchtime there was still no wall.

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Mark has found a wall! It’s not THE wall but a wall nevertheless.

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After changing into our rain gear for the 100th time…we stop for a picture in someone’s back garden. Strange route and luckily the owners weren’t out sunbathing.

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Lovely waterfall and one of us hoped that this tree would fall. We really didn’t.

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4.05pm and we find the wall!! Emotional scenes!!

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Mark hangs on by his fingernails… Scott decides to sniff the sign… and Jon is remarkably sensible.

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Amazing how a stroll can make you so educated.

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Richard “it’s only 1 more mile” Barr continues the good map reading while using the wall as a chair.

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We just cannot get enough of this wall!

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All those years ago the naughty step didn’t exist. Scott checks out its Roman alternative.

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Chris randomly decides to chase these fluffy animals.

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After a monster day Mark plays the sleeping while drinking game.

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Taking a stroll around the hotel and we enter an entertainment area. Not a soul is under 75yrs old. Scott has a strong word with Mark.

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A quick costume change and Mark is easily pleased!

So, that’s the final update of Day 2. Tiring day…toughest day will be day 3…

And so it’s begun…

Posted: September 13, 2015 in Uncategorized

Important to mention a few things from yesterday…

1. Jon spilling his beer.
2. Mark attempting to punch a lady on the train.
3. Scott having to wait for his meal while we finished ours.

Stayed at a very nice B&B where the owner was a little shocked that…

1. This is out first big walk.
2. That we are trying to do this in 5 days.
3. That we may try and carry our bags the whole journey.

Despite her positive words we set off..

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Look at the smiley faces!

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Can you believe Great Yarmouth is on there?

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This statue of King Edward was outside a lovely pub where we had lunch. Apparently he died, and is buried, in this small village. What he died of is unclear…it could have been he died looking for Hadrian’s Wall…AS WE HAVEN’T SEEN THE DAMN THING TODAY!

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Apparently you’re allowed to poo on this tree.

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The lack of seeing the damn wall meant that we clutched at any opportunity to pose with anything that COULD be the wall.

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“One last shot at a modelling career” said Scott.

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Thoughtful Richard wondering if his map has taken us the right way.

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A bit of culture with Carlisle Castle.

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Just 1 pint and Mark leaves his door key and money on this seat and walks off.

Day 1 done. 17.5 miles done. 20+ miles tomorrow.

Richard Bransons Tables

Posted: September 12, 2015 in Uncategorized

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Apparently these little tables have to have alcohol on them otherwise the train won’t move.

Jon claims 1st spillage

Posted: September 12, 2015 in Uncategorized

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Mark rejoices that it wasn’t him that spilt the first beer.

Hydration is Important

Posted: September 12, 2015 in Uncategorized

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Don’t underestimate the need for liquids in preparing for the big walk.

 

Video  —  Posted: September 11, 2015 in Uncategorized