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

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Day 21, Mon 27 July, Calais Muir Wood to Edinburgh

Left the campsite at Duloch Hamlet after a cooked breakfast (provided by the site owners) by 8.30am. Although there were midges about, I didn’t get bitten!

The route, apart from the first 100 metres was either on a cycle way or pavement.

There was a strong head wind as I crossed the Forth Road Bridge and I had a good view of the Forth Rail Bridge. I don’t particularly like heights so was pleased when I was across! I made my way inland towards Edinburg and had lunch at a pub on the banks of the Almond River. I followed the river to the Firth of Forth, very pleasant, then along Marine Parade to the campsite. The tide was low and several people were walking on the causeway to Cramond Island. When I went out for my evening meal the tide had come in again. It had been overcast all day but there was a beautiful sunset that night.

I picked up my new set of maps to get me as far as Wolverhampton (my sister sent then to me at the campsite).

Tomorrow I’m having the day in Edinburg, to catch up on my shopping, recharge phones etc. and hopefully find an internet cafĂ©.


  1. Excellent progress Richard.

    Have a good day in Edinburgh

  2. Well done so far and best of luck for the rest of your adventure.
    Friends from your evening meal! 27/7/09