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RAF Museum 101 Walk: Day 2

Nick Sanders, discusses with Paul Hudson-Knight Day 2 of the RAF Museum 101 Walk: 

NS: After a good night's sleep we set of from Whatton in Nottinghamshire We were accompanied for the first few miles by Andy Pulford, Chairman of the Board of Trustees, along with his dog Ollie and Maggie Appleton, the Museum's CEO.

We felt in surprisingly good shape as we set off but this faded as we travelled through the day!

Day 2 was our longest day of walking at 25 miles. Conditions were good for walking ; not too to hot and dry all day. After a short spell on roads we were soon back on bridle paths walking through fields of wheat and barley. No we didn’t do a Theresa May. Although really pleasant to walk through this is really hard on the feet and legs.

From left to right: Maggie Appleton CEO of the Museum, Robin Southwell Museum Ambassador, Andy Pulford Chairman of the Board of Trustees, Nick Sanders Museum Trustee and Ollie the dog.

 


At a couple of points we were stopped by unhelpful people who thought we were trespassing but charm and persuasion soon overcame this. We stopped for lunch in a village just south of Nottingham and then continued to head West South West into Leicestershire.

Chafing is becoming a real problem so plenty of ointment is being applied to stop spontaneous combustion.Lee our driver offered to ladle on Vaseline but for many good reasons this was politely declined.

Knee and back ache are becoming a real problem in the afternoons too and the pace definitely slows after lunch and not because of alcohol. In the mornings we can manage 3.7 mph but drop to around 3mph after lunch.

We finished the day stiff-but not in a good way-on the edge of East Midlands Airport in Castle Donnington completely knackered but in good spirits.

So with today’s walk under our belts we have completed 48 miles so are nearly half way.


The weather forecast for tomorrow doesn’t look too good with lots of rain so that will be a real challenge.

Thanks to everyone who has made a donation to our fund raising efforts so far; if you haven’t already done so please go to our Just Giving Page. We would really appreciate your support!
 

Paul Hudson-Knight, Head of Marketing
About the Author

Paul Hudson-Knight, Head of Marketing

Paul Hudson-Knight joined the Royal Air Force Museum as Head of Marketing in early 2008, having previously worked in event organisation & commercial radio. He first visited the RAF Museum in London in 1982 and fell in love with it then. His intention is to introduce the Museum to a new generation of young men and women so that they may be as passionate about it as he is.

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