Friday, 4 February 2011

The first request...the first proper call for volunteers!

I'm looking for volunteers to walk sections of the walk with me. I'm not just after super-walkers but also strollers, wanderers, explorers. Whether you can walk one mile, or 20, I need you to join me!

Here's a reminder of the route of the Capital Ring. I've currently planned for the walk to start in Woolwich at about 10am on Sunday 1st May 2011. I would anticipate being somewhere between Osterley Lock and Greenford before the sun is completely down. The next few sections will be walked relatively slowly and in the dark before, hopefully, arriving back at Woolwich by 10am on Monday 2nd May 2011 completing the Capital Ring and my challenge.

I'm going to need at least one person with me for every step of the way. This is largely down to safety, but a big part of it is about companionship and morale. Here is a short list of responsibilities.

  • Keep me walking
    Most of this is going to be really tough for me. I'm going to need some moral support.
  • Keep me on track
    Apparently I could be quite delirious towards the end of this, so I might need some help with maps and making sure I'm still going in the right direction. I'll make sure you have everything you need to do this. That's a map then.
  • Keep me safe
    This links into the above. If I start going a bit loopy, please try to help me not walk into traffic.
  • Keep me fed and watered
    I'll be giving you a little pack to bring along with you to your section. I can't carry all the water or food I'll need on this walk, so there will be some snacks and some drinks in there. There will be other things in there too, like maps. And torches if you're walking overnight with me.

At the moment I only need you to let me know that you're interested in helping - we can work out logistics once I've got some names together. But here are some things to think about...

How far can I walk?
I'm looking for people who can join me for any distance - a mile, a few miles, a whole marathon. But I need to know that you can do the distance you say you can.

Of course there might be unforeseen circumstances which mean that you can't make the miles you offer. I'm not going to make you keep walking if that happens! I'm just asking that you be realistic before we get started.

How fast can I walk?
I'm really not a brilliantly fast walker, but I'm hoping to average about 4mph. I'm likely to be walking faster at the start of the walk than at the end but of course that leaves the slow bits for overnight which, I appreciate, may not be your bag.

A lot of the route is suitable for bikes, so if it saves your legs and means you can join me for a few more miles you might want to consider that. Or one of those little push scooters. If you want to do this with a bike, let me know and I'll let you know which sections definitely rule this out.

Can I offer to be on call?
There will be mishaps: people will miss trains, blisters will rub, promises will be forgotten. But I will still need at least one person with me for every step of the way.

If you are someone who can come and take over another person's leg at short notice, let me know which sections you can cover and how far you're prepared to walk. I'll give you as much notice as possible and won't expect you to travel across the city at the speed of light.

Still interested?
Leave me a comment or drop me at email with your contact details:


  1. Sure no worries, happy to help out! You have my details. Ewan

  2. Ewan: Lovely! Will be annoying you soon. :)

  3. Hey Kate,

    You can count on me for some of the way.


  4. count me in! how fast is 4mph? xxx

  5. email me :D would certainly be able to help out at some point!

  6. Mel: Come for a walk with me and find out! ;)


  7. I shall join for at least 5km if not more
    I can jog along a bit, i guess while you walk and be at similar speeds


  8. Filiz: Hurrah! Will pester you abou this at work, undoubtedly.

    Bec: Awesome! Will be in touch again once times are sorted.

    Carla: I'll be knackered only a few miles in, you can bet, so will be going at a nice slow speed. :)


  9. You know I'll help, night or day.


  10. Tay: Yes! Thanks Tay! See you in a couple of weeks. :)