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Buggiba
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« on: March 04, 2011, 09:45:17 am »

Most people reading this forum will be aware that I, together with 2 family members, intend walking the whole WHW in May 2011. All of the arrangements are made and accommodation booked. In early February this year my wife, aged 56, was rushed into hospital suffering a heart attack. From the speed of the ambulance and paramedic response to the treatment in hospital of the cardiac team, the service was truly amazing and she is now on her way to recovery.

We had originally planned to undertake the walk just for the hell of it. In retrospect it appears foolish to pass up this opportunity so I have decided to get sponsored for the British Heart Foundation, in an effort to show our appreciation of their work. There is no preset amount targeted, we will just do what we can.

Looking forward to the walk regardless.
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« Reply #1 on: March 04, 2011, 06:49:25 pm »

That's a great response to what must have been a very alarming situation, Buggiba.  Good luck with the fund-raising and feel free to use the forum to tell people how you are getting on.

Is/was your wife planning actually to walk the WHW, or was that never intended?  Hope she recovers well anyway, it sounds like a lucky escape.
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« Reply #2 on: April 22, 2011, 09:44:29 pm »

Thanks Jacquetta, she is now well on the road to recovery. She was never going to take on the WHW but seems quite keen now she has been recommended to exercise more!! Would probably need two weeks but, hey, what's the hurry?? Fund raising is going well, already around £250. We are leaving from Milngavie on Friday 13/05/11 and are hopefull of more sponsorship en route Cool
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« Reply #3 on: May 29, 2011, 08:06:47 pm »

Well folks - we did it!! To do the WHW in 7 days is not easy and not to be taken lightly. Three of us left from Birmingham on Thursday 12 May 2011 and drove to Milngavie. Stayed at the Best-Foot-Forward B+B before setting off at about 9am on 13/05. Had a trouble-free walk to Drymen Camping at Easter Drumquhassie. As we arrived the heavens opened (not for the last time.) Those wigwams are an experience not to be missed. Set off at 6am on 14/05 to walk to Rowardennan. A dry day without incident, arriving at the Rowardennan Hotel in time for most of Man Utd v Blackburn and the FA Cup Final before going the extra mile to the Youth Hostel - magnificent. 6am start again on 15/05 for the longest day. Raining as we left and it didn't improve. Made it to the Drovers Inn for lunch before completing our 22-mile day at Crianlarich. Stayed at the Inverardran Guest House cottage - superb. As the weather forecast for the 16/05 was totally wet we opted for a lie-in and departed at 9am, in rain, to walk the 13 miles to Bridge of Orchy. Stopped for lunch at the huge chip shop in Tyndrum. Got to Bridge of Orchy Hotel about 3.30pm, wet through. Forecast for the 17th was rain pm so we set off at 6am, in the dry, to walk the 15 miles to Kingshouse. Arrived at 11.15am, much to the amusement of the receptionist. Boy did it rain that afternoon and Rannoch Moor is not a place I would choose to be out in it!! Wet again on the 18th so another lie in before tackling the 9 miles to Kinlochleven. The Devils Staircase was a relative breeze, achieved without stopping for breath, and we were at our overnight stop by 1pm. Even too early for Travel-Lite who we beat by 45 minutes! On to the last day and another wet one. On the road at 6.15am and climbed up to the Lairigmor. Cottage there is now a total ruin as the roof has fallen in, just a pile of stones now. Pressed on through what is left of the forest and arrived  at the 'new' finish in Fort William at 1.15pm. Job done. Caught the 7pm bus to Glasgow before switching to rail for our return to Milngavie. Home at 0730 hours on the day of my 59th birthday - Yeehah.  Grin Cheesy Grin Cheesy Grin Cheesy Grin Smiley  Anyone requiring clarification or further information please don't hesitate to ask.
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