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London Bridges Trek

Kicks Count are looking for 16 supporters to trek over 16 of London’s bridges for the 16 babies who die before, during or shortly after birth everyday in the UK.

The trek takes place on Saturday 10 September in Putney. Trekkers will then walk approx. 25km across 16 of London’s bridges through central London, to a fantastic picturesque finish just after Tower Bridge by Tower Hill.

You can read more about the trek on the Action Challenge website. It costs just £25 to register with a minimum sponsorship pledge to Kicks Count of £125. This sponsorship could fund nearly 9,000 leaflets for the charity to distribute, so it really will make a difference!

Three members from Kicks Count took part last September – Tracy from fundraising, Lisa the General Manager and Krystal who is a keen recycler fundraiser and leaflet distributer! Yes our legs hurt at the end, but it was a fantastic event and Tracy writes more about the event here:

IMG_1084On Saturday 12 September 2015, I got an early train from my home in Essex all the way across London to Putney. I followed all the other people who looked very sporty in their trekking gear over to the start tents in Bishop’s Park, right by Putney Bridge. I got in the queue to receive my registration pack and official walk number. I got a free lanyard and Bridges Trek sweat band, lovely! They even included safety pins for my walk number, very handy! There were lots of stalls sell food and drink, a hot chocolate would have been lovely, but no, I met up with Lisa and Krystal, we had a quick queue for the loo then headed over to the start line.

IMG_1085There was a warm up and lots of chatting over the microphone to get everyone in good spirits. We asked a kind stranger to take our photo for us then before we knew it, off we set!

(pictured left to right, Tracy from fundraising, Lisa the Office Manager and Krystal a recycling fundraiser and literature distributor).

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Our first bridge, not surprising since we were in Putney, was Putney Bridge. So of course we needed a quick selfie.

WIMG_7359e walked through a small housing estate and were excited to see our first 1km had been completed! Just another 24km to go….! We walked over Fulham Railway Bridge and yes, a district line train passed us. We then crossed Wandsworth and Battersea Bridges and got to see the old Battersea Power Station as well as completing a few more km by walking round the edge of Battersea Park.

IMG_1097As we got to the Albert and Chelsea Bridges, we saw lots of boats rowing down the Thames, which was great to see! They were the teams of people taking part in the Great River Race, a 21.6 mile river row from the Docklands to Surrey with over 330 crews entering! Sadly the 2016 race doesn’t fall on the same weekend for the 2016 trek, but who know’s what other London events this year’s trekkers will come across??

IMG_7373Just before Vauxhall Bridge was the ‘halfway’ mark which we were very excited about as that also meant another thing, the lunch stop was coming up! A marquee and seating area were set up in Vauxhall Pleasure Gardens and our yummy lunch was waiting inside. We were very lucky with lots of choices from crisps, fruit, chocolate bars (thank you Mars bar!), pastries, sandwiches and big platters of sausage rolls, scotch eggs and nibbly snacks. It certainly was a treat. We packed up our bags with spare treats and set off along Albert Embankment to start seeing the best sight-seeing parts of London.

Lambeth, Westminster and the Golden Jubliee Bridges were fantastic for views of IMG_7381my second personal favourite part of London…the Houses of Parliament, Big Ben and the London Eye. By now, our legs are really starting to feel the walking effort and walking down the stairs on these bridges is starting to be noticed somewhat!! It was great walking along the Southbank and crossing the Waterloo, Blackfriars and Millennium Bridges. We were even starting to get glimpses of the finish area at Tower Bridge, what a welcoming sight that was! But we still had more to go…

SIMG_7397outhwark and London Bridges bought us alongside The Shard which was great to see. The skies were beginning to darken and our phones were drastically running out of battery power so we were certainly hoping to finish the trek very soon! (top tip, buy and charge a portable phone power supply and bring it with you if you’re intending to track your walk and take lots of photos with your mobile phone, the battery runs out quickly!)

IMG_7425After some tourist dodging and a full lap round the edges of Tower Hill, we made it, our final bridge…TOWER BRIDGE! More selfies needed! This is my top favourite part of London, I just love Tower Bridge and it reminds me of fond family trips to London so for me, it was brilliant that the trek ended here.

IMG_7423And then we were done! We received our medals and finishers t-shirts as well as some celebratory snacks. Unfortunately I didn’t have a car waiting to take me home, so I did have to walk back to the tube station and tackle MORE steps and stairs before I could collapse on my seat for the journey home.

My workout app showed that we had walked more than 36,000 steps in 5 hours 17 minutes! Certainly a good walk to improve fitness with 2,002 calories being burnt!

But most importantly, the three of us had raised £993.39 for Kicks Count (if anyone wants to sponsor us the remaining £6.61 to reach £1,000, that’d be wonderful!). Krystal, Lisa and myself had all set up JustGiving pages and given our reasons for why we were trekking and our lovely friends and family sponsored us and helped the charity.

So if you like the sound of this trek (minus the sore legs and difficulty manoeuvring down steps!), I would definitely recommend it. You can read more about the trek on the Action Challenge website and you can even register to take part online there. Entry is £25 and there is a minimum fundraising pledge of £125 to take part. You can drop me an email at fundraising@kickscount.org.uk for any questions you have. Good luck!

 

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Tracy Stratford