Recently I have been thinking that I wanted to do more charity work and events, I know I’m so extremely lucky with my life, I am healthy, lovedand have food and a warm place to sleep. When a lovely lady at work told me she was doing a midnight walk to raise money for St Luke’s hospice in Cheshire, I knew straight away that I should get my butt in gear and sign up. You don’t have to be a superhero or sign up to weekly events to help a good cause you just have to give up a few hours and when you think about it how many hours a week do you spend watching tv?!
I managed to talk my friend Lisa into joining me on the walk and the rest is 13 miles of history. Sorry about the quality of the pictures but it was midnight! Not sure what to expect from the event we turned up at 10.00pm with our sponsor forms in hand and swapped them for our numbers. The very friendly volunteer told me she had something for me and handed me this gold envelope, obviously I ripped it open straight away and it was a birthday card ( my birthday is at the end of the month ) I was blown away by this, what a lovely thing to do.
Obviously the second thing we did was go and find pre workout snacks and despite all ready being extremely cold I couldn’t resist having some ice cream. I struggle so much with being cold that for the entire walk I had thermals on under four layers of clothes and was passed by women in shorts and tshirts, at one point I thought I would have to quit, I don’t think I warmed up the whole night.
I don’t think I could have found a more positive walking partner than Lisa, truly an amazing woman who can find the silver lining in every situation and believes there really is good in everybody.
This year’s midnight walk theme was neon which made it even more fun and everywhere you looked there was groups of women glowing brighter and brighter.
I have to admit my favourite part of the whole night was the 30 min pre walk workout which was just like doing clubbercise. I could have honestly done it all night I don’t think I’ve laughed so much in such a long time.
Just after midnight we started on our 13 mile walk with over a thousand other women all equally as excited.
We were very excited about glowing in the dark that we couldn’t resist a selfie.
As we neared the finish line the sun started to peek up over the horizon.
We made it across the finish line and where welcomed back by some fabulous volunteers, in fact every single volunteer we met along the way was absolutely incredible even the ones at 3.30am. I certainly don’t think that without them I would have felt half as good as I did, those times when you just wanted to be at home in bed all warm and asleep they were there to offer you some chocolate and some wonderful encouraging words.
Post finish selfie, I couldn’t tell you how amazing it was to cross the finish line, it felt like a real achievement, specially knowing that we had done it to help people in need through a wonderful charity. I know have the bug and have been looking at more events to take part. I have my eye on a Sahara trek next year, fingers crossed I can take part because it would be a dream come true. And not just the volunteers but the residences of Crewe and Nantwich who were stand outside their home in their pjs clamping and cheering for every single woman that walked by. Even as we passed a row of pubs at kicking out time the lovely very tipsy members of the public only had words of encouragement for us, in fact the whole night I didn’t hear one negative word just lots of love and encouragement.
Straight after the walk I went into work for a few hours, as I pulled up on the car park the most beautiful of sunrises rose before my eyes which made staying up all night absolutely worth it.