Kinder Scout – March 2020

Team 2020 has completed their training jaunt to Kinder Scout in the Peak District.

We hope to carry on with our preparations to climb Meru and Kilimanjaro regardless and please God by October all is a lot better in the world in the world for us all ๐Ÿ™

The only thing that prevented all the team from completing Day 1 was the ยฃ70,000 new London Electric Taxi that couldn’t complete the 200-mile trip up to the Peak District, so 4 of the team were like coiled springs on the morning of Day 2, raring to go.

We had given everyone guidelines for how to train for Kili, everyone had gone and done what they thought was the right training for them. Now was the time to see as there is no hiding in the hills and all would be plain to see if anyone hadn’t been doing the right or no training.

Rucksacks on, boots tied and mars bars packed we set off. We had to work as a team today, Day 1 had already shown that we all walked at different speeds, styles and rest breaks needed to be set and used so that no one was waiting around for too long, getting cold and a decent pace could be set for all.

This was the 1st time the whole team was out together and we did not make it easy for them, what’s the point we are preparing to climb Kilimanjaro 19,380ft. It was soon clear though, we had a good bunch of people here, a range of all ages, shapes, and sizes but with a few things in common, the dream to climb Kili, a good heart and a great attitude. The weather was kind, much kinder than it had been on the 1st day with wind, rain and even sleet at the peak of Kinder but today was perfect, no wind, little bit of sun and not too hot.

We could not have been more pleased with how it turned out, it was a long old 5hr 20min 10-mile slog over tough terrain, some of these big-hearted Cabbies had never done anything like this before, but the good shone through, they were helping each other along, encouraging each other and even some laughing, banter going on. It was happening before our very eyes, CabbiesDoKilimanjaro2020 were forming, gelling it was a fantastic feeling and we were proud to be part of it. The next 6 months are not going to be easy, everyone has to stay focused with their eye on the ball but they had done it, kept to their word, reached the standard we had set and all with a smile on their faces, WELL DONE ladies and gents, you should all be proud of yourselves. At the customary award ceremony at the end of each training weekend awards are given out for the most deserved and this time the Gold Cup went to Dave Sherin and the CDK outstanding Award went to Annie James, both showing outstanding team qualities and well-desrved Congratulations ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘ The Golden Poo trophy going to Daren Parr for a catalogue of errors, which included falling to sleep with a cup of coffee in his hand and ending up with a large coffee stain on the bed๐Ÿ’ฉ๐Ÿ™ˆ๐Ÿ˜… ! Let’s hope this is the start of something very special, the very start of putting some smiles on the children’s faces and even changing some kids’ lives for the better!

As always, thank you for your interest and support because, without you, it will all be in vain.

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