Bernicia’s Alex Wood walked more than 26 miles through some of Northumberland’s most stunning scenery to raise funds for a charity close to her heart.
Together with two friends, she walked from Alnwick Castle to Bamburgh Castle alongside 1,500 other fundraisers in Macmillan Cancer Support’s ‘Northumberland Mighty Hike’.
Alex, who keeps fit running, cycling and on a rowing machine, spent 11 weeks walking up to 21 miles on the country roads around Goswick, Holy Island, Lowick and Fenwick to build up the stamina required for the gruelling walk.
The route meandered through some of the country’s finest landscapes and fringed picturesque coastline as Alex and her friends made it to Bamburgh Castle in 11 hours.
Both Alex and one of her friends have felt the impact of cancer within their families and the £300 in sponsorship she raised will help Macmillan Cancer Support to work with those diagnosed with the disease.
“I dedicated one day every weekend to traipsing the roads around Northumberland,” said Alex, a housing officer at Bernicia’s Berwick office. I started off walking six miles and gradually increased that to 21 miles. The ‘Mighty Hike’ took in every different type of terrain – sand, mud, fields. The event left in groups of 250 so there were about 500 people in front of us, sometimes moving single file through stiles which was interesting! It was hugely enjoyable, hot but not blazing and the feeling of finishing at Bamburgh was brilliant.”
The Mighty Hikes are a series of one-day hiking marathons taking place across the UK, through some of the most beautiful and unspoiled parts of the country.
As well as a free buffet lunch and hot food at the finish, walkers get a finisher’s medal and champagne when they complete the route.