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

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Tue 28 July, Rest Day

Hi All,

Strictly this is not a JOGLE day. I am having the day off in Edinburgh and catching up with the blog and shopping etc.

First may I thank all those of you who have made donations. It does provide me with a great boost to my morale. The first 5 miles aren't ususally too bad on any one day. It's the last 5 miles that take it out of you, whether it's 15 or 20 miles in total. Knowing my walking is helping raise money for research into a cure for CLL does help to keep me going.

Thanks Chris (Jones) for the photo of my midge bitten legs. The bites look as angry as they felt on your photo. My photo was a bit washed out.

Today I've posted back to my sister 650 grams of 'things not needed on voyage', but sadly I think may be buying more new stuff than I posted back! Shampoo, AA batteries etc. The long distance walking fraternity will be familiar with the 'post it back' procedure.

I head south tomorrow, walking through central Edinburgh which should be interesting. Whilst I don't like traffic noise, I find urban areas are not uninteresting places to walk. The noise walking across the Forth road bridge was horrendous. Whilst it would be nice to wear ear plugs, odd bits of slow traffic can creep up on you from behind even in the walking lane. You need your hearing. The walking lane also used by maintenance vehicles and lots of bicycles.


  1. I confess to being more familiar with the "buy more" side of the equation.

    Enjoy the rest day and keep up the good work.

  2. Hi Richard, glad to see you're well on the way now and having a day off in Edinburgh. We met (briefly) at Dalraddy (just outside Aviemore), my wife and I have been thinking of you and hope the rest of the walk goes well!
    Iain and Sue, Shetland