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, August 19, 2009

Day 44, Ashbourne to Uttoxeter, Wed 19 Aug

Today’s distance: 20.9 km (13.0 miles)
Total distance: 1038 km (645 miles)
Distance to go: 590 km (367 miles)

I had coffee with Neville and Judith and then went to 'camel up' with a full english breakfast at the campsite cafe. I left slightly before N&J at about 9:15 and they passed me on the way out of the campsite.
I only went a short way south on the Tissington trail before turning off to join the road just before the long illuminated tunnel.
I took the path behind a hospital heading for the back of a sewage works. I had lost the trail near the river, but soon a runner appeared. He said the trail only went to Mapleton not Mayfield, which was where l wanted to go. Under his instructions l finished up in John's back garden. John was harvesting his onions. He assured me there was a path to Mayfield near the river but very kindly let me travel via his back and front gardens to a small side road and then the A52. I regret now not taking a photo of John as my 1000 mile route runs through his front and back garden!
I decided as a result to go via the A515 to Clifton and a small side road to Lower Ellastone where l picked up the Limestone and then Staffordshire Way.
I got refreshments at Rocester, pronounced 'roaster' and headed on the Staffordshire Way through a clay pigeon shooting range to Uttoxeter. At the shooting range l said l was a little worried about getting shot but one of the marksmen said there was no need to worry as August was the closed season for shooting walkers.
A slightly unpleasant end to the day when l was charged 16 pounds to pitch my one man tent at the Caravan Club site at Uttoxeter. They also made a point of making me wait to see if there was sufficient space to give me a pitch. I am the only tent on that part of the racecourse set out for campers.

New photos coming soon

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