• LEJOG 2020

    The Raising Post: Issue 13

    A Final Word Our Lockdown Challenge is now almost complete… One team is yet to make it to John O’Groats.. The PC Plodders started a day after us all, but continuing to fulfil their essential duties as Police Officers in our great county force while at the same time running /walking their share of the 938 miles. One of their number has a child to whom he donated a kidney and his other child is a young carer. That’s why they have refused the offer of any ‘supplementary’ miles from any of the rest of us. We applaud their commitment and effort and we will remain in John O’Groats until…

  • LEJOG 2020

    The Raising Post: Issue 12

    Day 19 It’s nearly all over, at least for most ! Two Cranks and the Chain Gang (and I will be glad when I no longer need to type all these unnecessarily long team names!) arrived promptly in J O’G yesterday. The first across the line quite comfortably, which illustrates how little I know about biking. They certainly won the biking race and while on the road produced a very classy performance of Ray Davies’s ‘Sunny Afternoon’ as part of the ‘Got Talent’ competition laid on by Tocky Fetherston-Dilke, captain of the QuaRunTeam, in an endeavour to slow the front runners up while they caught up. Summer Time in Lockdown…

  • LEJOG 2020

    The Raising Post: Issue 11

    Day 16 (or 17 for some) Just as… …the leading teams were preparing themselves for the final sprint to the line, with the walkers with 188 miles and the bikers with 388 miles to go, the leading teams received a ‘Traced and Tracked’ (or is it ‘Tracked and Traced?’) Notice from the Department of Health telling them that at the hotels they had been staying in overnight they had been in close proximity with another who was now exhibiting covid symptoms. They were therefore instructed to self-isolate for a day and not to walk or bike for the next twenty four hours. The back markers, namely the PC Plodders, Qua-Run…

  • LEJOG 2020

    The Raising Post: Issue 10

    The leading Walking teams should be reaching Fort William this evening. This area of Lochaber is strongly Clan Cameron country which probably explains why some have problems finding their way about as this is truly unfamiliar territory to Clan Abbott. Meanwhile, Clan Chipembere have been disseminating scandalous literature impugning the integrity of the editorship of this journal. As an open minded and totally impartial organisation, Walking4Norfolk will of course publish this (see below), but with a Twitter warning as to its factual accuracy…. We are also pleased to publish an account (also below) of the one who got left behind. Kit Hesketh Harvey had to remain in Cornwall for reasons…

  • LEJOG 2020

    The Raising Post: Issue 9

    As the leading teams head up towards the Clyde and the Erskine Bridge, five teams run head to head. The weather remains fine and so there is little to test the resolve. However, it is possible that concentration is beginning to wane. Requests have been submitted to allow biking rather than walking in order to provide variety and alleviate boredom. But where would that end, if allowed? Participants might then resort to arguments about the reasonable exercise of discretion in exceptional cases and then climb into mechanised forms of transport in order to check their eyesight. No! Despite accusations of behaving like the Führer, this Challenge referee remains firm in…

  • LEJOG 2020

    The Raising Post: Issue 8

    It is Day 11 for the Walkers and don’t tell Nicola but we are in “Scotland”! Tom Bagge, who is rarely photographed without his litter bag – and we are now thinking the Tea Bag Stable should be renamed the Trash Bag Stable – has picked up a dressing gown and a pair of pants. Someone is suggesting that they belong to Dominic Cummings. Tom has passed them to the Durham Police. Tea Bag’s views Murphy’s law is as true as ever. Rarely can we have had such an amazing May Bank Holiday and we are all discouraged (probably/possibly, as that is about as precise the science is), quite rightly,…

  • LEJOG 2020

    The Raising Post: Issue 7

    We are more than half way to John O’Groats! For the ‘unsung heroes’ Why are we doing this? Well we’re doing it for those whom I entitle the unsung heroes. They’re essential workers; they don’t get paid; they never have a break; they don’t get clapped on a Thursday evening; and their cause is not championed by the media. Their responsibilities will endure long after Lockdown. They’re just schoolchildren upon whom huge responsibilities devolve, which they fulfil with love and devotion. These are the young carers. They ask for nothing – but they do need support. But most of all, they need recognition – your recognition. So what I’m asking…

  • LEJOG 2020

    The Raising Post: Issue 6

    In his recent publication ‘The Way under Foot’ authored by Graham Usher, Bishop of Norwich, he records an account given by a leading orthopaedic surgeon Charlie Docker on the mechanics of walking. The thing is that gravity is continually pulling us down… We have to lean slightly to one side. This lets us lift one leg off the floor using the muscles around our hip and it’s those muscles that swing the leg forward…a pendulum that carries us forward as we slightly lean forward. Having a good foot arch is important. It absorbs energy as we land and releases it as we push off. While the ankle is pushing backwards…

  • LEJOG 2020

    The Raising Post: Issue 5

    Days Six and Seven on the Road It is now the evening of the sixth day and if anyone thought that this was time for a rest then I am afraid they will be disappointed. After all, our Creator did a lot more in six days than just walk a few miles. The front runners or rather walkers are now through Shrewsbury and look as though they will be spending the night in Whitchurch. Chipembere had a bad day yesterday, at least by time of posting, although they appear to have done a lot overnight. We think this is due to the Captain paying more attention to his beautiful daughter-in-law…