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

Saturday, August 21, 2010

Day 10. Springhill Farm to Montgomery.

It rained heavily overnight and was still raining slightly when we descnded into Newcastle on Clun. There the followed a steep climb up Craig Hill in rain, and with limted visibility. A descent followed into a small river followed by a climb up Hergan before a descent again to Churchtown. The rain was still falling, but the greatest torment at this time was the remarkable number of houseflies or something similar following us in clouds. Both Shiel and I had a personal halo of houseflies. Rained continued and tormented us as we climbed upwards again, this time up Edenhope Hill, but again the visibility was limited. It was like looking at the world through a grey filter. Then we descended again, this time to the river Unk before our final climb of the day up to the Kerry Ridgeway.

As we decended to Montgomery the weather improved and it was sunny by about 4:30 when we reached our B&B. We were greeted with a welcome pot of tea and two generous portions of apple and pear cake. Probably the hardest day and the least enjoyable condtions so far.


  1. Hi Richard
    I missed the start of your current trip due to being in the Alps, and have only now caught up with your postings. I would come to meet you for a day as you head north, but sadly (well, only from that perspective) I'm heading to the Alps for a couple of weeks on Wednesday.
    I do hope you enjoy the rest of your Offa's Dyke walk, and if you are still in the UK when I get back on 7 Sept, I'll try to track you down.
    With all best wishes.

  2. Hi, Martin,
    Sorry for delay in reply. Have now got wi fi and can read comments.
    I hope you had better weather in the Alps than we have had here. Gale force winds and rain yesterday!
    We will be in UK until end Sept. and will blog our progress and rough location.
    Hope you are enjoying the Alpine flower