We set off at 8.00 am on Saturday morning facing Britain’s toughest marathon, over 40 miles, 15 peaks each above 3,000 feet and the rain pouring down! Okay we weren’t racing and had given ourselves 2 days but this was going to be no walk in the (National) park. Apparently this is a tough challenge over 3 days.
Our team is all linked to George Grant who many patients will know worked as a receptionist for a while at The BAC Centre and is the son of Barbara Husband and Kevin Grant. George’s Auntie is another McTimoney Chiropractor who was a key crew member with her husband Keith. George went through the rigorous ballet training of The Royal Ballet School at White Lodge in Richmond Park but as he was graduating was diagnosed with a brain tumour. The surgery left him with a weak and disabled left arm and leg. He went on to graduate at Birmingham University and married another dancer turned physiotherapist, Kelly who has also worked at The BAC Centre. Last year George had to undergo radiotherapy again and is still enduring chemotherapy. It was George’s idea to organise a fund raising event for the Teenage Cancer Trust.
This is an extract from the TCT website:
“Our vision is a future where young people’s lives don’t stop because they have cancer. We make sure they’re treated as young people first, cancer patients second and everything we do aims to improve their quality of life and chances of survival. Around seven young people aged between 13 and 24 are diagnosed with cancer every day in the UK. They need expert treatment and support from the moment they hear the word ‘cancer.’ We’re the only charity dedicated to making this happen.”
Our first peak was Tryfan. On the map it looked easy as it was close to the drop off point and required very few miles. Actually it was the most difficult or “technical” as the experts call it. Immediately we went up and up. Our equipment was tested to the maximum by the rain but the heat that we generated meant we were cooking ourselves and soaked through anyway. At the top, deep in cloud, were the two rocks known as Adam & Eve. The wet conditions meant that a leap from one to another was probably a bad idea even for the ballet dancers.
The descent was slow and treacherous and it became clear that the faster members of the party would have to push on if they were going to get through all the peaks. I helped off the slowest member of the team as I reckoned that I was probably going to be the next slowest.
At 10.30 at night, through mist and failing light, the party emerged exhausted but pleased to be back on schedule and taken back to hot food prepared by Barbara.
Sunday was an even earlier start and the march was on again. This time the route was planned to culminate with Snowdon so that they were saving the highest until last with hopefully a meeting of walkers and helpers at the top. This was a long tough day that tested the physical endurance and character of the team. The final team to reach all of the summits was pared-back to the six ballet dancers. The youngest Callum, at seventeen and a student at Elmhurst in Edgbaston and the oldest his Mom 52 a dance teacher. Never say that dancers aren’t a tough lot! By the top of Snowdon, the rain had stopped but it wasn’t until the descent that the sun broke through. Everyone headed back exhausted and satisfied to The Royal Vic Hotel in time for the bar!
The team have raised money (over £2,500.00 so far) for the Teenage Cancer Trust and would welcome donations on: http://www.justgiving.com/tctwelsh3000s Thank you so much to all those who have already generously donated.