• LEJOG 2020,  Past Challenges

    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,  Past Challenges

    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,  Past Challenges

    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…

  • LEJOG 2020,  Past Challenges

    The Raising Post: Issue 3

    The Lockdown Challenge: Progress So Far… A report from Walking4Norfolk (aka James Bagge) on yesterday’s action I write this towards the end of day three as the teams should be heading into the Exmoor National Park and about 20 miles west of Taunton. The final tallies for the day don’t come in until 8 pm when the relative positions are placed on the map. Those who have maintained the pace and reached the 150 mile mark are co-located under the Peloton marker. There are three teams are either a little under the pace or rather slow in submitting their tallies. Chipembere clearly have a problem trying to decide which of…

  • LEJOG 2020,  Past Challenges

    The Raising Post: Issue 2

    Day 2 Update Day One was a success! Tor of the Tor-toise Team Day One proved to be pretty predictable, almost all teams starting with typical enthusiasm and completing their allotted 50 miles. Some even exceeding it by as much as 9 miles but of course that does not count in the rules and so suggests poor team management. Time of course will tell if this proves right. The QuaRun Team fell a few miles short but represented the contribution of only 6 members. It may be that they have adopted a strategy of resting team members at intervals but it is understood the real problem is that they have…

  • LEJOG 2020,  Past Challenges

    Diary Day 2

    It is the eve of the challenge. One team, as yet unnamed, is yet to arrive at the start point but we remain confident they will be there. We are told this might be something to do with public transport and social distancing. Grant Shapps the Transport Secretary has assured us he is ‘doing everything he humanly can, stretching every sinew and ramping up anything which comes to hand in order to get them there!’ Meanwhile, warming up at the start are six teams: The Human Hares led by John P are all drinking and walking companions. It is hoped by the opposition they will be doing more of the…

  • LEJOG 2020,  Past Challenges

    Virtual “LEJOG”

    Young Carers who are looking after sick and vulnerable parents or siblings are having a particularly tough time during the Lockdown. It is bad enough now when all school children are deprived of school and the young carers are denied the opportunity of mixing with friends – a much needed break and source of support. But just imagine for one moment what it will be like for those young carers who may not be able to go back to school with their friends because they are living with and screening particularly vulnerable members of their family. Or for those young carers who now find themselves considerably behind their peers in…