I have to apologies to all my lovely readers for going a little MIA over the last few months and falling off the edge of the World. I had a little dry patch in my fitness and healthy lifestyle and in tern didn’t have the motivation to exercise or blog anymore.
So as most of you all know I’m not some big hot shot company or event planner that can whip together a 10 000 man run through London in the next few months, but don’t worry I have found a way to make sure we do it.
We are going to raise money for research into Birdshot Chorioretinopathy, a rare, auto-immune, blinding disease that is treated with toxic medications to try and preserve sight, but leaves patients with severe side effects. We are planning to set up a biobank to hold samples from all Birdshotters so that research can be undertaken to prevent the next generation being blinded, or at least find medications that are less toxic and do not destroy their quality of life.
Rea Mattocks has set up a charity, BUS – the Birdshot Uveitis Society and they have partnered with Fight For Sight, the leading charity that funds research into eye diseases, and all money from this walk will go specifically to Birdshot and the biobank.
We need £140,000 and this is the start of their fund raising journey.
This should be great fun, a chance to make some new friends and finish with drinks/fun somewhere in the West End – and of course raise money for Charity at the same time.
To enter, we need to pay a £25 registration fee and then commit to raising a minimum of £150 through sponsorship.
Please let me know if you are interested and ill send you more details!
This should be loads of fun and a start to the many fun events I would like to be a part of!
I know I can’t speak for the English but I’m sure most South Africans can agree that one of the hard things about living in London is the lack of wide open spaces. Yes I know there are a lot of parks and commons to take a stroll in but sometimes it would be nice to see a horizon in the distance and not the next sky rise building.
I have recently learnt that there are thousands of miles of former railway lines open to the public, offering traffic-free, family-friendly routes.
The air is crisp and the only sound is birdsong or perhaps a stream running alongside the path. The pleasure of stretching your legs and enjoying the fresh air is even sweeter because there are no cars around, no large buildings blocking your view.
There are plenty of historical interests to. Look out for the signs along the way explaining the history of the line and the area.
The closest route in London is the Parkland Walk, London
A four-mile treelined route known as the Parkland Walk. The route is mostly flat but there are a couple of slopes due to tunnel closures. It can be muddy.
It is London’s longest Local Nature Reserve, with more than 2,000 wild flower species recorded, as well as hedgehogs, foxes and the occasional muntjac. It is also part of the Better Haringey Walking Trail, a 12-mile circular walk around the borough of Haringey.
You can access the walk at the following points:
- Finsbury Park, N4
- Oxford Road, N4
- Florence Road, N4
- Lancaster Road, N4
- Stapleton Hall Road, N4
- Blythwood Road, N4
- Crouch End Hill, N8
- Crescent Road, N8
- Holmesdale Road, N6
- Cranley Gardens, N10
- Muswell Hill Road underpass, N10
- St James’ Lane, N10
- Muswell Hill Road, N10
What do I need?
- You don’t need any special equipment– just comfortable shoes or boots.
- Most railway line walks are easy to navigate, so you won’t always need a map. But do consider taking an Ordnance Survey or Sustrans map if you think you may need help finding the start of the route, or to help you work out where the nearest café, or other destination, might be.
- Take a bottle of water with you. If you’re going on a longer walk, you may also want a snack such as a banana or some sandwiches.
- Choose a rucksack with padded straps, which is easier to carry than a carrier bag or handbag.
- Wear layers that you can take off if you get too warm, and take a hat and gloves and a waterproof jacket just in case.