#EmmasArmy Day 1

May 16, 2014 in Uncategorized by Emma Day

Chipping Camden to Stanton (76)The first day of the #EmmasArmy against Cancer 104 mile walk for Cancer Research UK… was really really tough! I was unable to get childcare, so we had to take the twins with us, in the mountain buggy.
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Let me start by saying this…

THE COTSWOLD WAY, IS IN NO WAY, SHAPE OR FORM, SUITABLE FOR PUSHCHAIRS!Chipping Camden to Stanton (47)

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Now that’s out of the way…

What a beautiful day. The sun shone all day and a gentle breeze cooled us down. Chipping Camden to Stanton (11)

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And the Cotswold Way… the views from those hills are incredible. Miles and miles of rolling British countryside and picturesque little villages and hamlets.
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Day one consisted of myself (and the twins), my friend Katie, and the inspiring Julie, who found me through Twitter and signed up for the walk, whilst on radiotherapy! I thought this walk was going to be challenging, having only finished my radiotherapy in November. Julie only finished hers in March. How incredible that she is walking 104 miles so soon, after treatment!Chipping Camden to Stanton (9)

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We set off from Chipping Camden about 11:15am marvelling at what a quaint little town it is. Chipping Camden to Stanton (2)

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The start of the walk, is a pretty steep hill which gets quite narrow in places. We immediately wondered what we had let ourselves in for.

The answer…

It took three of us, to get the pushchair, containing children weighing around 5 stones, up most of the hills… oh wait… and down them too. But that wasn’t the difficult bit and the Mountain Buggy handled every kind of terrain we threw at it… including all the STEPS! (yes there were steps!).

Oh no… our downfall, was the kissing gates!

SIDE BY SIDE TWIN PUSHCHAIRS DO NOT FIT THROUGH KISSING GATES.

We lost count of the times we had to lift that buggy, with babies, shoulder high, to get it over the gates. Man that was hard work!Chipping Camden to Stanton (20)

About two miles in, Katie managed to lose her mobile phone. She walked an extra mile (back the way we had come) looking for it!

The twins wanted to walk. For about a mile. So by this point, we are over an hour in and have only walked a mile and a half.

Nothing seemed to dampen our spirits though. We were full of motivation and determined to beat all obstacles that stood in our way.
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Once we reached Broadway (another stunningly beautiful little village), we stopped at a wonderful little deli, with a big garden. The deli was stacked floor to ceiling with little jars and boxes of interesting foods – some I’d never even heard of. They gave us a picnic blanket so we could sit in the garden and eat our lunch, while the twins ran around playing. It has to be said, my goats cheese and chilli jam ciabatta is probably the most satisfying sandwich I have ever had. It was delicious.
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Moving on, we were warned that Stanton was NOT POSSIBLE with a pushchair and we were exhausted from lifting it over fences and gates. So we made the executive decision for Katie and the twins to leave the track and make up the miles later. And wow am I glad we did. The next hour, on the Broadway to Stanton route, was a VERY steep uphill route, with tiny narrow tracks and really uneven, bumpy terrain. It was tiring even without a buggy. But Julie and I weren’t phased and we were still fuelled with determination and feeling those happy sunshine vibes.
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We finished the 10.3 miles, feeling… okay actually. Which was somewhat of a shock! Maybe a little sunburnt though!

So… 10.3 miles down… 93 to go. On to day 2!Chipping Camden to Stanton (19)

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