London to Brighton Trek – The Morning After

As the cobwebs from the night before cleared the next day, a little Googling of the subject revealed the mountain we were planning on climbing, or walking. As we discussed the plan, “holidays”, “war wounds” and myriad other reasons emerged that meant people were unavailable.

The morning after

There were plenty of people happy to drive the team support car, shout encouragement from a Red Funnel ferry or wait in Paris with warm croissants and celebratory Kronenborg, but we fell short on athletes. Plan “B” was needed.

Plan B

Things went a little quiet. Work got in the way. Time passed. As January become March, the short season for outdoor charity events fast approaching. We needed an event.

We re-kindled the 100Km walk idea. We flirted briefly with the notion of a 100Km walk in the Sahara. We looked fleetingly at Siberian treks, but thoughts always returned to the London to Brighton walk. Who couldn’t walk 100Km in a day we asked each other?

 

Cat and Canary

The Event

We found the British Heart Foundation London to Brighton Trek, and without much thought as to the reality of what we were doing, Andy and I entered, figuring we’d lead by example, and the masses would follow. Judging by the reaction, don’t expect much to happen here at Trade Direct Insurance on the weekend of the 27th and 28th June, as seemingly the entire company is out of the country. Or hiding. Or hiding in another country…

The Team

The team grew from a plucky two, to three. We are Andy who is our Sales & Service Manager, DC who is a Senior Advisor in our Service team, Tim and me.

In the next article, training starts to get serious, and I find myself walking the Green Mile.

LESSON 2 : DON’T REVEAL YOUR MAD-CAP EVENT PLAN, BEFORE YOU SECURE AGREEMENT FOR PARTICIPATION ON A GIVEN DATE.