Wednesday 30 December 2015

My big challenge for 2016

Steve Grinstead with medals

My name is Steve and I’m a companion at Emmaus Leicestershire and Rutland. I’m a serial walker and love to combine my passion for walking with fundraising for Emmaus. This is my first blog as I gear up for my next big walk – the South Coast Challenge in 2016.

Emmaus has helped me and many other people so I’m keen that I do my bit to help raise funds and awareness for Emmaus. Being part of Emmaus has enabled me to visit lots of different communities up and down the country. One constant wherever I go is walking and exploring the local countryside.

I have previously clocked up some big miles on foot. Walks that I have completed include Wainwright’s Coast to Coast, the Pennine Way, Land’s End to John o’ Groats, John o’ Groats to Bolton, London to Brighton and the Thames Path Challenge.

My next big fundraising walk is the South Coast Challenge in August 2016. This is a big one – I’m aiming to complete the full 100k in 27 hours. Starting from Eastbourne, I'll walk the coastal path via Brighton and on to Arundel. This is a brand new walking challenge and one that is anything but flat. There’s 1,500m of ascent throughout the undulating coastal path.

Preparation for this challenge has begun with walks in the evening and up in the Peak District at weekends. I have a training schedule that includes aerobic exercise, longer walks, cross trainer and weight training. This will all help to get me in shape and ready for the big one next August.  

So, why do you want to do another mammoth fundraising walk you may ask? Well, I love walking, getting out in the countryside and the personal satisfaction from completing a challenge. I also want to highlight the growing homelessness problem we have in this country and support Emmaus – the charity that has helped me out of homelessness.

My fundraising target is £1,000 and you can donate online via my JustGiving page at https://www.justgiving.com/steve-grinstead1/. I will also have sponsorship forms in the Emmaus Emporium and La Boutiqueshops in Hinckley, Leicestershire. If anyone would like to join me on this walk or one of my training walks then you are more than welcome. Please get in touch by contacting Emmaus Leicestershire and Rutland.

Stay tuned for more updates over the coming months. Many thanks for reading and best wishes, 

Steve

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