The Charities team take on the ThamesPath challenge

The team
The charities sector group being based in the London office is a relatively new offering for the firm and was set-up to put our team in a better position to work with national and international charities in central London. As such, we thought it would be good to participate in DofE together.

The team comprised Nick Sladden, Hannah Catchpool, Hannah Davies, Nikki Waldron and Shazia Ahmed although, sadly, injuries prevented all of us from entering the final challenge.

Each team member was given a veto on what they didn’t want to do so that immediately ruled out running, water-based activities, anything to do with heights and all that was left was walking. Therefore, we entered the ThamesPath Challenge 2016 – a walk of 100km or nearly two and a half marathons.

Challenge updates
We undertook three training walks – 30km along the Pilgrims Way from Canterbury, 40km along the White Cliffs of Dover and 60km from Greenwich to Dartford and back. We have spent a lot of weekends together in 2016! See our gallery here.

Skill
Being able to treat blisters – we are all now expert chiropodists

Team development 
Putting up with each other for 25.5 hours

Adventure
Following the meandering Thames for 100 km from Putney to Henley.

Team members
Nick Sladden, Hannah Catchpool and Hannah Davies.

The walk
The 100km walk started at 8.30am on Saturday 10 September. All of our training walks had been completed during dry, hot summer days so predictably for the actual event it rained. However, our spirits were lifted on Saturday afternoon when our OMP, Jez Filley, joined us for an hour to spur us on. It was great for the man at the top to show such interest and we have all been surprised at how much interest our other colleagues have shown in both our training and the real event.

The low point of the event was walking through drizzle and mist from 3am until 5am on the Sunday morning. – that was really tough and we were all getting tired. However, our spirits were lifted when we saw the sunrise knowing that the finishing line was just a couple of hours away.

Overall, the sense of achievement was a highlight but we are pleased that from a relatively small team we have raised in excess of £4,000 for charity.