Essex Way Challenge - April 2010

The Essex Way is a long distance footpath stretching for 82 miles right across Essex. Starting at Epping train station and taking a route through the Essex countryside all the way to Harwich through ancient woodland, open farmland, tree-lined river valleys and leafy green lanes.

Our challenge was to complete the full 82 miles of the Essex way, starting on Saturday 3 April and continuing non stop through day and night until completed.

The weather was against us ...

A tall order at the best of times, however on the date we choose to undertake the 82 mile challenge the weather was certainly against us.

For the first four hours of the walk we were battling against pouring rain through soaked footpaths, then staggering along muddy fields and paths for another 21 hours.

We managed 60 miles and 75.5 miles in the mud!

Simon's legs went at 60 miles. Alex somehow managed to carry on to 75.5 miles just 5.7 miles from the Harwich Lighthouse finish line before his knees finally gave out.

       Epping train station - start of the Essex Way

Simon and Alex at the start of the Essex Way walk (Epping train station) just before Alex was interviewed by Ian Wyatt at Essex radio about the challenge..

A fantastic effort given the appalling walking conditions, perhaps we should try it again during the summer months?

Re-united at the end of the Essex Way Walk in Harwich

Simon and Alex (left) reunited at the High Lighthouse which marks the end of the Essex Way walk in Harwich.











For the Essex Way Challenge we were fundraising for Heybridge pre-school and the MS Society (see charities page for more information).

Donation pages connected to the Essex Way walk are linked to below:   for MS Society    for Heybridge Pre-school


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