John Lord has recently lost about twenty-eight pounds – and gained nearly three thousand. The first in weight and the second in money raised for his recent mammoth fundraising trek from Lands End to John O’Groats.
The sixty year old from Littleborough started his walk, to go from end to end of the British Isles, on 17 April and finished on 19 July. In that 97 days there were 17 rest days with a total walking time of 672 hours helping to raise money for both Springhill Hospice and Prostate Cancer UK.
John decided to take on the walk as a personal challenge for his “big birthday” and to raise money and awareness for two good causes, one local and one national, both close to his heart. The result is a fantastic £3000 shared between them both.
Barbara Lloyd, Community Support Fundraiser at Springhill Hospice has followed his progress on John’s “LEJoG” Blog. She said, “John did the challenge on his own. He sometimes met up with other walkers along the way but for him to keep going on long isolated stretches in hard terrain and terrible weather, particularly through the highlands of Scotland, really needed great inner strength as well as physical commitment. He really is to be congratulated on what is truly a magnificent achievement.”
Some facts and figures for the walk are exhausting in themselves. John’s average mileage on walking days was 16.43 miles. On his longest day he walked 29.36 miles. The longest in terms of time was 13 hours covering just over 16 miles - slow progress because of weather and terrain. On 28 days he walked for more than 10 hours - and funnily enough at the end of the walk he'd lost 28lbs! All down to those extra long days? And in total the distance covered was 1,314.51 miles with a gain in elevation of a staggering 124,208 feet.
Carrying with him his tent, stove and equipment, John’s rucksack weighed around 30lbs, more when food and drink was added. Talking about the walk, John said, “I destroyed one pair of boots, and the replacements look very well worn in. The weight loss caused some problems, in that the waist belt on my rucksack was cranked up as far as possible and wasn’t as comfortable as it was when there was a little more of me. While the initial decision to walk End to End was a personal one, I thought I’d also try to raise some money to support these two great charities and I’m grateful to everyone – even walkers and others whom I met along the way – who have made donations.”
John’s Just Giving pages are still open and donations are welcome. Visit www.justgiving.co.uk and search for John Lord.