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, August 12, 2010

Day 2. Brockweir to Monmouth.

As our B&B was next to the high route to Bigsweir, via St. Briavels Common, we elected to take that route rather than the lower route beside the Wye. We didn't have any problems with finding the route so I assume the track marking has improved since the guidebook was written.

On the way to Lower Redbrook, where we had lunch in the pub below the 67 steps, we met a chap from Glossop. He was walking the Dyke N-S with his son and a friend of his son, collecting funds for the Cystic Fibrosis Society. We saw them on their last day. In a year or two we may see them in a JOGLE attempt. Finding the spare time will probably be their biggest problem. One of the advantages of being retired.

Most of today seems to have been spent walking in tunnels formed by trees and this made the views beyond Monmouth, from Kymin, appear even more impressive. It was the best view of the walk so far. I even could see some of the peaks I climbed on the first half of my Cambrian Way walk.

The Kymin

13th Cent. Gatehouse on Monnow Bridge, Monmouth

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