About my blog

CLL is the acronym for Chronic Lymphocytic Leukaemia. CLL is the most common cancer of the blood. However, unlike many other leukaemias, CLL is incurable. Innovative research is desperately needed to provide treatments which are more effective than the derivatives of chemical warfare agents currently in use. Research however costs money.

In 2009 I walked from John o'Groats in the north east of Scotland to Land's End in the south west of England. Hence the acronym JOGLE. The purpose of my walk was to make more people aware of this insidious disease and to encourage them to sponsor me by donating to the research groups I was supporting. It was a most enjoyable experience and I met some wonderful people. Together we raised over 2000 pounds for the cause. Thank you everyone!

In, 2010, the blog was being continued for those who may have be interested in following my walking holiday in Wales. This was not a charity walk.

Sadly this year, 2013, Alan Frost, a senior member of the Wednesday Loafers, our cancer support group, passed away. Many medics will tell you that CLL can be cured by a bone marrow transplant. Alan had battled with the cure for many years. More research is needed, but significant progress has been made since I started this blog.

CLL is still killing my friends. The organizations listed at the side of this blog would welcome any contributions you would like to make towards their research.

Please feel free to pass on the details of this site to anyone you think may be interested. The link is www.cancerwalker.com

Saturday, August 1, 2009

Day 26 Jedburg to Byrness (route change)

It was raining first thing but eased while I was packing the tent. It had started raining again by the time I set off and became quite heavy as I climbed out of Jedburg and as a result I missed my turnoff which put an extra kilometre on to my walk.

I was walking along minor roads (the traffic quite heavy initially) until I reached the turn off to Dere Street by which time the weather had cleared though windy. On Dere Street I had a clear view all the way to the English border where I joined the Pennine Way. Here I met 3 walkers who had come from Byrness and we had a good chat. When telling them of my route they said that it would not be possible as the red flags were up on the firing range which I had planned to cross. I had been aware of explosions while I was on Dere Street but hadn’t twigged it had to do with the firing range!

As a result I had to divert to Byrness via the Pennine Way and was able to book into the Youth Hostel there. Nice hostel and I was able to have a meal there. The food was not expensive.

The recent rain has made the Peninne Way much boggier than I remembered from my previous walks – in fact it was quite arduous.

Tomorrow it looks as if I will have to walk 10 – 16 miles along main roads as I am no longer on my planned route. I don’t have any maps for the Pennine Way and I think it could take another day if I went on it. Not too sure where I will spend the night.

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