The question we were all asking was “why are we doing this?” Participation in this year’s Exmoor Challenge entailed a 7:30 am start; if that wasn’t bad enough the weather deteriorated rapidly as our small but enthusiastic group (Karen, Grahame, Anne and Roger W) headed west towards the starting point at Oakford. Nevertheless morale was high by the time we arrived at the Village Hall. Coffee and bacon baps (not a patch on ours!) were consumed prior to us assuming full and impressive wet weather kit.
We had already decided to do the 7.5 mile long walk and by 9:45 we were on our way. It would be an understatement to say it was wet. Copious quantities of mud and rain were in evidence throughout our perambulations. We experienced great fellowship with Rotarians from Districts 1175 and 1200 as we circumnavigated the set walk. We were back at base by 12;25 pm for sandwiches, tea and cake – we were wet but happy. Coco the dog enjoyed it too.
You might well ask what the Exmoor Challenge is all about? It’s a challenge between Rotary Districts 1175 and 1200. Rotarians from each district, their families and friends earn one point for completing the puny short walk (4.5 miles) and a well deserved two points for the long walk’s completion (7.5 miles). The district with the most points wins the Challenge Shield. Of greater importance is that the money raised from entry fees and sponsorship is donated to the Children’s Hospice South West and the Sand Dam Project.
A good day.