Yesterday I walked a mile down the lane where I live. I peered across the fields. A figure loomed into view, striding purposefully along a hedgerow. So this was Pete.
I jogged further down the lane to catch up with Pete as he popped out of the bridleway and onto the road. “Pete?!”
And so we walked together south along the clifftop for a few miles, chatting away.
You see, it was a rather special thing to meet Pete. Because he is on a walk. A really really long walk. Long, even by my standards. He set off from Southampton in February. He’s walking clockwise round the entire coastline of mainland Britain. He’s walked up the entire west coast, round all of Scotland, and is now heading south towards Lincolnshire, Norfolk, Suffolk and Essex, and on back to Southampton in December. So far Pete has racked up over 4,000 miles (!!!) and ‘only’ has another 1,000 odd to go. Pretty amazing.
A close friend of mine, Jill, had heard of Pete’s walk, by chance, a week or so ago, and had emailed me with a link to his blog, in case I was interested to read about it. When I took a look, I saw that Pete was about to pass pretty much right past my doorstep within the next week. So I got in touch…. and thus met up.
It was fantastic to swap stories of our walks. I am full of admiration for Pete for having the courage to embark on such a mammoth undertaking.
And here he’s written about his few days in Holderness, including meeting with me and my husband Ian
He is raising money for MS and also the spinal injuries association. Whenever anyone sponsored me on my walk, no matter how small the donation, it always gave me a lift – a smile, a spring in my step. Pete has had that same experience. So if you are reading this, please know that if you sponsor Pete, whether it be £1 or £5 or 5 times that, it’ll motivate him in his ginormous effort. It doesn’t matter that you’ve never met him. He will still feel cheered on.
Here’s to chance encounters.