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

Thursday, July 9, 2009

Day 2, Wed 8 July, Dunnet Bay to Thurso

Day 2. Dunnet Bay to Thurso
Date: Wed 8th July
Distance: 16.2 Km (10.1 Miles)
Total distance covered: 54.4 Km (33.8 Miles)
Distance to go: 1573.9 Km (978.0 Miles)

Day 2 Report
I had a good day today. I first walked along the beach to Castletown and had breakfast at a hotel their. I then walked, largely along the beach to Thurso. The walk along the coast was the best part of the walk so far. I saw some very interesting rock formations. Now I know why the camping ground at Thurso is walled with thick stone flags. I got to meet some interesting people today. First with Andrew, who cooked my breakfast at the hotel. He also provided useful information on the coastal route to Thurso. The second with the American owner of the campsite, we had quite a bit in common with our scientific backgrounds having some marked similarities. During the day I got to enjoy perfect weather for walking. In the evening the weather deteriorated rapidly, it was cold and wet. These are the just the conditions I flew to the UK to avoid! Hopefully, tomorrow by the time I wake up again the weather will clear.

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