Thursday September 8, 2016
One of our team, Scott Thompson, has recently completed not one, but three long-distance walking challenges, raising over £500 of funds for local mountain search and rescue teams. This excellent achievement meant that over the 3 challenges, Scott walked and hiked over 55 miles in total.
The first challenge Scott undertook was the St. Cuthbert’s Way Challenge Walk, a 19.5 mile walk covering ground with a 3,333ft ascent. The challenge was in aid of the Northumberland National Park Mountain Rescue Team, who cover a vast and remote landscape (over 3,000 square miles) that encompasses all of Northumberland and Tyne and Wear.
The St. Cuthbert’s Way Challenge for 2016, took place on 13th August and covered some stunning scenery, crossing the border from Scotland to England. August is peak Midge season and thankfully Scott was well equipped with midge protection including Trek Midge Repellent to ward off the wee beasties!
Just last weekend, Scott completed two more walking challenges to raise more money for search and rescue teams that provide vital help to people when they are at their most vulnerable, lost or injured, whilst out exploring the hills and mountains.
On the 3rd of September, Scott took part in the 35th Cheviots Challenge – “Terry Lynn” route, a 23 mile walk with a steep 4,000ft climb. The “Terry Lynn” route starts from Alwinton and carries on to the Pennine Way climbing out to the Windy Gyle, Barrowburn, Fairhaugh, Shillmoor, and descends to Clennell Street on the return to Alwinton. The Cheviots Challenge is organised every year in order to raise essential funds for the Northumberland National Park Mountain Rescue Team, together with the North of Tyne Search and Rescue Team.
Taking in the breath-taking beauty of the Cheviot Hills of Northumberland, this is a popular yet challenging walk. Make sure to use a midge repellent, so that you don’t come back with pesky midge bites. Also at the finish point, you can enjoy a well-deserved pint at the Rose and Thistle Inn, Alwinton, Northumberland.
The following day, the 4th September, Scott set off again and completed a half marathon hike in aid of the Borders Search and Rescue Unit. His route covered the Southern Upland Way, one of the oldest long distance paths to be found anywhere in Scotland. The Border Search and Rescue Unit has been in existence for over 50 years and covers the south east of Scotland.
Scott was delighted to be able to help out the search and rescue teams with much needed funds (raising over £500) and is an avid supporter of their work.
Over long-distance challenges, walkers should be prepared with proper walking and hiking gear, plus insect bite protection. Lyme Disease and midge bites can be a real problem for outdoor enthusiasts and not just abroad. Read our Lyme Disease Guide for more information. For beginner hikers, this blog sums up some of the top hiking tips you should bear in mind.