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Penzance to Burnley – Day 51

Long-time supporter and Friend of MPA, Barbara Sanders, is undertaking the most extraordinary feat this spring. Barbara is walking from Penzance to Burnley and is asking people to support her efforts by donations to MPA.

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Yesterday Barbara reached 1,000 kilometres which is 625 miles and 35,605 metres of ascent!  Getting to this point certainly hasn’t been easy.  Since we last updated on her progress she’s endured more dreadful weather.  But more worryingly she also slipped on a tree root on the 15th April and has a possible fracture in her arm. She had to go to Shrewsbury hospital to get it checked out, but the results of whether it was fractured or not were inconclusive.  So back to the hospital for more tests the day after and the consultant thought that her arm did have a small fracture.  Fitted with a removable splint and the consultant’s advice that she should carry on if she wanted to, she headed back to the trail.

Barbara had some concerns about whether she would be able to put up her tent etc, so she devised a new plan.  She jettisoned the heavy camping gear, at least temporarily, and added a few more B&B’s and hostels to the schedule.

There is no doubt that Barbara is one tenacious lady, she isn’t going to let anything stop her!

Yesterday she arrived in Uttoxeter after three days of green ways, Sustrans bike routes and canals. Her arm is getting easier but she’s still using the splint full time. Today, with a fair wind behind her she should reach the peak district.

So far Barbara has raised the wonderful total of £592, but this magnificent effort deserves more.  If you can help, contributions to Barbara’s fundraising can be made via Just Giving.

Look out for updates on Barbara’s progress on this blog and on our Facebook page.

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Dr Steph Takes on the Marathon

We are feeling very privileged at  the moment, not only is Barbara Sanders still on her way from Penzance, on foot, but one of our Trustees has also been out in all weathers, training hard for this weekend’s London Marathon.  Both are undertaking these extraordinary feats to raise funds for MPA’s 50th Anniversary.

Dr Stephanie Hawke, has been pounding the tow path of the Leeds-Liverpool Canal, racking up a 100 miles of training runs.  Steph first became involved with MPA as a 16 year old on work placement.  Some years later we were very pleased to welcome her to the education team, which she went on to lead in 2011 after completing her PhD.  Although we lost her to Curious Minds a while back, Steph has stayed involved with MPA by joining the Board of Trustees.

Steph Hawke 2 - training for London Marathon April 2016

Steph says, “I started running with a fantastically supportive group organised through Burnley Leisure. My first race was the Jane Tomlinson Burnley 10k.  I got the bug and within 12 months I’d joined Clayton Le Moors Harriers, run six half marathons and had my sights on the big one. I was delighted to win a place for the Virgin London Marathon 2016 and started training in January running through ice, hail, lightning, wind, rain and sun. As the mileage increased the Leeds Liverpool Canal provided the perfect track, and apart from being hissed at by surprisingly threatening geese, I have successfully pounded more than 100 miles of training. There’s a physical price to pay for that kind of endurance and I’ve had painful massage and acupuncture not to mention experimenting with ice baths and agonising foam rollers!

I’m raising money for Mid Pennine Arts to establish an award for young artists. The organisation has brought vibrancy, colour and texture to Pennine Lancashire for 50 years, often with little recognition – who doesn’t love the Singing Ringing Tree? MPA make me proud to live in Burnley and I want to inspire the next generation of artists to work in our quietly fabulous historic and rural environment. “

Steph has contributed so much to MPA over the years and we are delighted to benefit from her efforts once again.   We know how hard she’s been training for this and appreciate it enormously; we hope that people will help her reach her target of £800.

Contributions to Steph’s fundraising can be made via Just Giving.

Steph Hawke - training for London Marathon April 2016

Penzance to Burnley – Day 34

Long-time supporter and Friend of MPA, Barbara Sanders, is undertaking the most extraordinary feat this spring. Barbara is walking from Penzance to Burnley and is asking people to support her efforts by donations to MPA.

The weather has continued to give Barbara a rather hard time, with lots of rain, high winds and cold to negotiate, even some hail!  In mid March she camped for the first time and woke to find frost on the tent.  Wearing two t-shirts, plus two insulating layers; a hat and nose mask kept her warm enough.  As she says, “the advantage of sleeping in a set of warm clothes inside your sleeping bag is that you are ready to make a dash for the toilet block at a moment’s notice”!

But thankfully there have also been brighter days, as you can see from her photographs.  You can also see the two amazing bridges she needed to cross.  Both during high winds.  The Clifton Suspension Bridge into Bristol and the Severn Bridge into Chepstow were both swaying precariously as she crossed.  In fact the Severn Bridge was closed later the same day. We are continually impressed by her determination to keep moving, no matter what.

By the end of March Barbara got her first good view of the Black Mountains and with that reached more than 50% in days, miles and ascent.  She has walked 400 miles and climbed 23,380 metres of ascent.

As a member of the Clarion Choir we are sure that it was very meaningful when yesterday, walking the Cambrian Way, she passed the Chartists Cave where they used to hide the printing press for the Chartist movement and then a memorial to Aneurin Bevin -the architect of the NHS.

For the next few days Barbara is being joined by her friends Derek and Ellie who are also walking the Cambrian Way (commonly known as the Dragon’s Back) and are acting as her guides.  We do hope the weather treats them all kindly.

So far Barbara has raised the wonderful total of £440, but this magnificent effort deserves more.  If you can help, contributions to Barbara’s fundraising can be made via Just Giving.

Look out for updates on Barbara’s progress on this blog and on our Facebook page.

Penzance to Burnley – Day 14

Long-time supporter and Friend of MPA, Barbara Sanders, is undertaking the most extraordinary feat this spring. Barbara is walking from Penzance to Burnley and is asking people to support her efforts by donations to MPA.

Barbara’s first few days saw some atrocious weather and she had to battle driving rain and gale force winds, but she kept going.  On the 7 March she finally got some of the weather she had been hoping for and completed the longest distance to date at 17 miles and 1,166 metres of ascent.  The improved weather has helped her catch up with the schedule, which had been delayed by the earlier dreadful conditions.  Yesterday, on Day 14, she passed 186 miles and 12,000 metres of ascent.  To give you some context the 10,000 metre, or ascent mark, is equivalent to Everest!   Barbara will have a few more of those to do before the end.

The last few days she’s had the company of two friends who have provided wonderful support.  They have walked with her and cooked fantastic cordon bleu meals from a tiny camper van. To thank them Barbara provided the singing for a dance on the beach to celebrate a birthday.  Not sure where she found the energy for that!

Barbara is regularly keeping us updated on her progress and sending lots of great photographs of her travels.

Contributions to Barbara’s fundraising can be made via Just Giving.

Look out for updates on Barbara’s progress on this blog and on our Facebook page.

Penzance to Burnley – the beginning…

Long-time supporter and Friend of MPA, Barbara Sanders, is undertaking the most extraordinary feat this spring. Barbara will be walking from Penzance to Burnley and is asking people to support her efforts by donations to MPA.

Yesterday was the first day, and as she headed off from Penzance she has ahead of her, 700 miles that will take her along the North Coast Path, through the Somerset Levels, along Offa’s Dyke, across the Black Mountains, through the Peak District and then on to the home stretch of the Pennine Way.  She hopes to walk past the Singing Ringing Tree at Crown Point, Burnley around the 27 April. Throughout the miles, and the 35,000 metres of climb the walk entails, Barbara will be carrying a 30lb pack containing everything she needs, including her camping gear, as she will make camp or stay in hostels for most of the trip.

Unfortunately the weather on Day One was wet and windy so she decided to stick to lanes rather than face a westerly headwind.  There were no campsites open and her planned lunch time pub turned out to be shut on Tuesdays in the winter!  So a testing first day.  We do hope things get easier.  A plus side to the day was passing the Tregiffian burial chamber.

Day 1 - 1.3.16 - 2 - compressed

Day 1 - 1.3.16 -compressed

The local papers have supported Barbara’s efforts by features in the Burnley Express and the Lancashire Telegraph, which is great.  Although we think Barbara might find the Telegraph’s focus on her age as testing as Day One’s weather!

Contributions to Barbara’s fundraising can be made via Just Giving.

Look out for updates on Barbara’s progress on this blog and on our Facebook page.

Nick’s Fundraising Ride – Day 3 – Evreux to Paris

Keeping you up to date with the progress of MPA’s Creative Director, Nick Hunt, as  he tackles a London to Paris fundraising cycle ride over three days…

5 September 2015

Day Three

Lunch time

Lunch time

The final day!  Leaving Evreux this morning the pelaton headed East through charming traditional French towns and villages, stopping for lunch at Septeuil.  Then it was one last push, or hopefully peddle, as they headed towards the finish line.

Regrouping at Bois de Boulogne

Regrouping at Bois de Boulogne

On reaching Paris the 120 riders regrouped at the Bois de Boulogne, a large public park located along the western edge of the 16th arrondissement, so that they could all cycle together along the Champs-Elysee, around the Arc de Triomphe and onto the Eiffel Tower and the finishing line.

He made it!

imageA very well deserved glass of champagne as reward for making it that far, and Nick and his compatriots could finally relax. They also had the official group photos taken, which we will share with you when we get them.  Tonight, after a chance to freshen up they will all get together for a well earned celebratory dinner.

What an amazing thing to do.  Nick is passionate about what MPA does, and where we do it, which is why he’s chosen to have his fundraising efforts on this challenge go to the charity.  All of us who benefit from the work of MPA are extremely grateful, both to Nick and to everyone who sponsored him. At the time of writing this Nick has reached his target, in fact, it’s slightly more.  Thank you to everyone who has made a donation to help support the work of MPA.  We’ll be keeping the page open for a while longer and would greatly appreciate any further support. His JustGiving page is here :

https://www.justgiving.com/NickHuntMPA

Tomorrow Nick has a free morning in Paris, the team think that, should he be able to move, he’s bound to head for the nearest art gallery, or cafe, or preferably an art gallery with a cafe!  Then its on the Eurostar back to London; across London, with bike, to the Manchester train, and finally home.  He’s taking Monday off!

Right, who wants to do the challenge next year? 😉

Nick’s Fundraising Ride – Day 2 – Caen to Evreux

Keeping you up to date with the progress of MPA’s Creative Director, Nick Hunt, as  he tackles a London to Paris fundraising cycle ride over three days…

4 September 2015

Day Two

Day Two

Queuing for the ferry

Queuing for the ferry

Eleven hours in the saddle yesterday and after a late night, caused by waiting to board the ferry, Nick was up at 5.30am in order to get some breakfast on the boat before docking at 7am.  He says he’s doing okay, but less aches and pains would be good!

We do hope tiredness doesn’t make him forget to cycle on the left!

Leaving Caen on a greenway, at least there was no traffic to deal with straight away.  They cycle on towards Rouen, before heading on to quieter roads in the direction of Evreux.  The landscape is rolling hills and quaint French villages typical of the region.  A lunch stop in Thiveville, just north of Liseaux, very welcome.

Nick’s pleased to discover that he’s definitely not the slowest cyclist, but is sticking quite close to the back of the pelaton.  Better for the ego to move forward through it, than to drop back!

Leaving Caen

Leaving Caen

Following lunch they pressed on towards Evreux, and he’s completed day two. Nick arrived at 4pm, only a 9 hour day in the saddle today!

Tonight’s about a good dinner and a proper bed – luxury after the ferry bunks. But will it be an early night for Nick or will he prefer a quiet stroll through the town and a nightcap at one of the many bars and cafes – hmm!

Final day tomorrow – Paris here he comes!

Please support his fundraising effort if you can : https://www.justgiving.com/NickHuntMPA