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 3, Thu 9 July, Thurso to Melvich

Day 3. Thurso to Melvich
Date: Thu 9th July
Distance: 28 Km (17.4 Miles)
Total distance covered: 82.4 Km (51.2 Miles)
Distance to go: 1545.9 Km (960.6 Miles)

Day 3 Report
Had a very wet and windy night at the campsite on the cliffs of Thurso
where I met the most highly qualified toilet cleaner in GB! Had to get
up at midnight to put out a couple of extrra guy lines - thought that
the tent might be blown away.

Left early heading to Melvich - this is my longest 'planned' day and am
using 4LD (4 limb drive), having started to use my walking poles.
Makes it easier on the feet. Before I headed off, I had a really good breakfast at the bakery in Thurso. I met another walker on his way to JoG, Patrick Hobbs (using poles too). He had met Sophie and her dog on the Penine Way. Masses of bikes passed me, heading to JoG, including two recumbant cyclists from USA.

It is a bit of a climb from Thurso to Melvich, but a great track. The camp site was good value at 5 pounds and the local pub does a good lasagne. Decided to wash my own clothes in the sink, (the price of the automatics being a little steep) ... but had to dry off the clothes in my sleeping bag overnight (partially dried on the line).

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