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5 Marathons in 5 Days: Day 4 - Alan's Account

Day 4

After breakfast in the Officer's mess at RAF Halton we started day four having slightly rejigged the routing. Our thanks again to Group Captain James Brayshaw for arranging our stay.

Robin and I were still upbeat throughout the day but tiredness is cumulative and this was shown in more reflection and focus on the task in hand and trying to overcome the pain from aching limbs.....Alas my shin splints reappeared but, as before, only in the left leg so only excruciating pain every other step, a real bonus!! Also the compression socks really help. Thankfully Robin, despite not investing in all of the gear that I did, has been blister and shin splint free, but still mirrors my old man walking style after we have stopped walking...

Alan and Robin walking along the Aylesbury - Berhamsted canal

Our changed route took in Aylesbury, Tring, Berkhamsted, Bourne End Hertfordshire - Coincidentally i live in the Bourne End in Bucks!.

Interestingly, we walked along mile after mile of canal tow path (rather different from the hills of the past three days) and saw some terrific countryside and wildlife.
A Canada Goose Hen with her chicks
We stopped at a community shop and had a great big cafetière of coffee, some bread pudding-made just as my mother used to - an emotional moment for me totally not understood by Robin......[as to be explained in Robin's blog Alan had what could be described as moisture around the eyes!].

Bread and Butter Pudding at Wilstone Community Shop

As before we set a very brisk pace and, as before, Robin took point and he did a radio interview without losing step. Funny what you find out about people - a new Robin revelation: he knows all of the words to the non pc ancient comedian Benny Hill's 'Fastest Milkman in the West' and recounted every verse. 3 verses would have been sufficient but we had covered an extra mile of two by the time he finished. The comic highlight of the day!!
Arriving at High Wycombe
Group Captain Wood, station commander RAF Wycombe and his son James greeted us on arrival at RAF Wycombe and the Group Captain and his wife kindly entertained is to a fabulous dinner in their house on the station. Julie, Robin's partner, who will be accompanying us on the walk tomorrow joined Robin, Gaynor and I. Not only was the meal fabulous but so was the company. We have been very fortunate in getting such tremendous support from our colleagues in the RAF.

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Alan and Robin's 5 Marathons in 5 Days is proudly supported by Spitfire Kentish Ale 

If you would like to help Alan and Robin achieve their goal of raising £100,000 for the RAF Museum's RAF Centenary Programme, you can now make a donation here.


Alan Coppin : Museum Trustee
About the Author

Alan Coppin : Museum Trustee

I have had an extensive career in the private, public and non profit sectors. After leaving a senior management consultant role at KMPG, I became CEO of international leisure company Wembley plc before becoming CEO and government accounting Officer for Royal Historic Palaces. Currently, I am a trustee of the Royal Air Force Museum and hold a number of advisory roles as well as chairing the Sports Grounds Safety Authority.

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