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Walking for Everyman from Liphook to the coast
On Saturday my dog Alfie and I completed a 19 mile Walk for The Everyman Campaign / Prostate and Testicular Cancer, Nick Keith writes. The walk was from Singleton to West Wittering as part of The second TittyWittering Challenge, when the keen long-distance walkers and runners start from Liphook and cover 38 miles.
Our group of walkers on the 19-mile stretch started at Singleton, near West Dean, in the mist; walked up Goodwoods Trundle hill past the racecourse, still in the mist, and then down to Chichester and the Canal Basin south of the railway station. That was almost halfway.
By then the day was clear but not too hot. After a quick lunch in Chichester we continued along canal and coastal paths for another 10 miles to West Wittering.
With Alfie, who is a `Sprolly` dog (a cross between a springer spaniel and a collie), I met a great team from the Hampshire Ambulance Service, especially two dads with their young lads Mark Ainsworth-Smith, with his sons Angus and Harry, and Rob Kemp and his son Harry aged 8. They threw tennis balls for Alfie he must have walked / run 29 miles.
On the following day and during the last week, I have felt fine. Some aches and pains in my feet but nothing serious. I was very pleased that I made the effort.
The organizers said: 'The second TittyWittering Challenge was as successful as the first, finishing in brilliant sunshine. Perhaps there was a little too much rain and drizzle for those who set off from the Guides Hall in Liphook at 0415, although the Chichester Canal Basin starters were able to enjoy the warming sunshine most of all. There will be our usual presentation evening in the autumn after all the money has been collected.
So if you would like to sponsor our efforts in this worthy cause, please donate as follows:
Cheques to: Hammer Bottom Charitable Trust (1129344)
c/o Martin Coakley Solicitors, 72 High Street, Haslemere, Surrey, GU27 2LA
Online at: http://www.justgiving.com/TWC2011
< Pictured (l to r, standing): Mark, Harry, Angus and Nick. Kneeling: Rob and Harry Kemp with Alfie