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Bamburgh to Alnmouth Coastal Challenge, 26 Mile Walk

MSRRF therapists Angela Angus, Deborah Richardson, Joanna Ross-Knight, Amy Dunn and Susan Dowson along with Susan’s sister Hilary Quinn all took part in this Challenge on the 2nd May 2011 and raised funds for the charity.

Bamburgh to Alnmouth Coastal Challenge The day started at Alnmouth Cricket Club at 7am. We registered with Sheppard’s walk, who organised the event, and took a coach up to Budle Bay just north of Bamburgh. The weather was perfect for walking! Very sunny with a slight breeze. 

Budle Bay to Seahouses: 7 Miles

It began with an uphill climb through leafy pathways leading to Bamburgh Golf Course. It was a little disconcerting to see Bamburgh Castle way off in the distance. We walked for two hours before we reached the Castle. The first check point was to be Seahouses. This part of the walk was very pleasant however a little over crowded as there were two hundred and fifty people taking part for various charities.

Seahouses to High Newton: 6 Miles

After a short stop and a quick bite to eat we headed for High Newton. We walked all the way along to coast line then inland through a caravan park, through fields of cattle and rapeseed fields which were almost higher than us! By this point the crowds of people had separated and we were virtually alone in our little group. We finally reached High Newton. Despite Amy having a bad case of asthma and cold she made it to the half way point but had to leave us there due to her health. She did very well though to make it that far with the wind in our face, uneven ground and no training!!!

High Newton to Craster: 5 Miles

After a very short stop we headed up through the sand dunes where we could see Dunstanburgh Castle off in the distance, this part of the walk was quite difficult as most of it was up and down steep sand dunes and woodland. We all agreed that this was the beginning of the gruelling part. We were all very sore at this point and took the opportunity to put plasters and bandages on our sore bits. When we reached Craster the R.N.L.I gave us a well deserved cup of tea with a biscuit, however when we sat down we were unable to get back up with ease, due to the soreness!

Bamburgh to Alnmouth Coastal Challenge

Craster to Boulmer: 4 Miles

This section of the walk was probably the toughest for all of us, mentally as well as physically as we knew we had 8 miles to go, the wind had picked up considerably and was also against us. The terrain was very changeable with sand dunes, steep hills and rocky uneven ground. There were steep cliffs but with beautiful views which made up for the pain we were all in.

Bamburgh to Alnmouth Coastal Challenge

Boulmer to the finishing line in Alnmouth: 4 Miles

This part of the walk was sheer hell, although we knew it was coming to an end it felt more than four miles to go. It was through sand dunes and
caravan parks, fields and Golf courses, which lead us to a beach walk. The temptation to peel our shoes off and paddle in the sea was high but we knew we wouldn’t get them back on so we kept walking, or should I say dragging our feet to the end which it seemed would never come. But end it did and we made it in eleven hours, very tired, sore and emotional that we had actually done it.
We are very proud of ourselves as we all had our individual challenges. Angela and Deborah are both pregnant, Amy has Asthma, and Susan has a Heart condition that she thought would stop her from doing a challenge this big! Joanna is the only unchallenged amongst us.

We are hoping to have raised around £1000 for MS Research and Relief Fund.

We would like to thank all our service users and friends for their support and kind donations towards this Challenge!

Despite the pain we all had a fantastic day, it was gruelling, challenging and such an achievement but we all agreed we wouldn’t do it again.


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