London to Brighton Challenge Completed

Rohan Kingston start completes L2B

Update 13/05/2012 - Congratulations to Michelle she did it 100k in 27 hours.

We’ve had some great stories from Rohanists undertaking amazing trips for charity.

Saul from Rohan Harrogate training for the Great North Run for St Michaels Hospice in Harrogate last week and Michelle at Rohan Kingston upon Thames completed the London to Brighton Challenge for her charity Save the Children.

Both have promised to keep Rohantime up to date with their training, kit choices and the Big Day.

Well last weekend Michelle completed the L2B she has shared her story with us:

“Where shall I start? I walked 63 miles in 27 and a half hours.

The first 25km wasn’t too bad, me and Louise were at a good pace. By the time we reached 50km, I was already tired and trying to imagine doing double that. It already felt like it had gone on forever.

Due to the high levels of rainfall from the past 6 weeks the ground was either flooded or very muddy from about 15km through to the 81km stop.

Found it really hard from 60km. My right knee was killing me and hurt every time I took a step. Unfortunately, this was when it was dark and cold. It was mostly wet sloshy mud that everyone kept falling into and it was so sticky that every footstep was twice as hard, blisters were getting worse. I took so many painkillers to try to ease it a bit, I could barely talk during the night from the pain and I have to admit, I did cry a little!

One of the worse things were the stiles. I wouldn’t be able to count how many of them we encountered but they were just aggravating my knee further.

Sunrise gave me some hope, it’s always better when you can see your surroundings. At the 75km stop I went to the Red Cross tent to see a doctor about my knee. He felt it and said I had hurt my hamstring but it wasn’t too swollen so I could carry on but it would hurt. I was so relieved he didn’t pull me out.

After having a quick bite to eat, putting talc on the feet and all the compeed plasters in the world, we set off for the last quarter. I had slowed right down by now, I physically couldn’t go any faster – every step was shooting pain, especially downhill. The last section of the challenge was the worst, a huge hill upwards that I climbed at snail pace, sweating hard and I had to keep stopping and resting my weight onto my walking poles. Others kept walking past saying encouraging words, I felt like I wouldn’t be able to go on.

Then I remembered all the kind messages from friends and family that I had read earlier on facebook, the texts people had been sending throughout the day & night, Leo saying ‘You can do it madrinha’, and the good work that Save The Children do so I kept on up that evil hill.

But going down the hill was even worse. It was endless sharp rocks and pebbles which do not mix well with blisters! That felt like it went on forever, by now I was pretty dazed so Louise forced me to drink a disgusting ISO drink.

5km later and I could see Brighton racecourse in the far distance, that was an amazing feeling. Limping to the finish line and seeing Charlotte and Esther there cheering us on was exhilarating. As we crossed the line the crowd cheered and we got our medals and goody bags, I just sat down and took my shoes and socks off before making our way to the lovely hotel.

Apparently, 1 in 3 didn’t make it and I can totally see why. It’s 2 and a half marathons so it’s a gruelling challenge and as much as I am so glad I did it, I wouldn’t do it again. My knee has now swollen up and I have bruises and blisters – once is enough” –  Michelle Manager at Rohan Kingston

All in aid of Save The Children (reg charity no. 213890)

‘Save the Children’ are the world’s independent children’s charity.They are working to get every child proper healthcare, food, education and protection. Since 1919, Save the Children has been inspiring real change in children’s lives. They were the ones who got free meals and milk into UK schools and their leadership changed world opinion on the rights of disabled children to go to school.

Read morehttp://www.justgiving.com/michelle-mendonca

Michelle Mendonca manager Rohan Kingston upon Thames

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