Back in April when I took up Parkinson’s UK invite to join them for the Walk For Parkinson’s event at Wilton House I envisaged doing the walk alone. However, I hadn’t banked on being joined by my brother, sister-in-law, niece, her husband and their daughter, all of whom were inspired to join me because of the challenges I had set myself this year.
I couldn’t have wished for a better day – warm and sunny with a light breeze. The location is beautiful with classic Capability Brown designed landscape of lawns, water, bridges and follies. About 100 participants lined up at the start of the 3 route course – 2m, 3m and 6m.
Having family with me was a great bonus because instead of setting off at my usual 17-18 minute pace, I settled into a relaxing 22 minute pace allowing me time to chat and admire the scenery. The 6 mile route was a good mix of footpath, grassland, chalk upland and woodland and was easily put to bed in just over 2 hours.
The whole route was very well supervised with marshalls every 1/2 mile and each turn, eliminating any need to navigate and providing the option to pull out at any point. As always with this type of event – it wouldn’t happen without volunteers. Walk coordination and refreshment provision was by Parkinson’s UK volunteers, marshalling provided by The Rotary Club of Wilton and first aid by St John’s Ambulance.
Overall a great day, a chance to have a pleasant walk in beautiful grounds and catch-up with family. But more importantly it was a great opportunity the raise money and raise awareness for Parkinson’s UK.