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A few days ago I took on the Virtual Inca Trail Challenge to raise money for the UCH Cancer Fund. This virtual event takes its inspiration from the 25-mile trek starting at Kilometre 82 and culminating at the world famous Inca site, Machu Pichu. I liked the fact that I could be inventive with how I took on the challenge, whether I walked or ran, whether I completed it over 1 or more days and where I decided to do it.

I wanted a decent challenge, so I walked the whole distance in one day and mapped my route using the “Footpath” App, which allows you to easily tailor your adventure and distance. As part of the virtual event I invited friends to join me for some of the walk, as I fancied myself as being the Pied Piper of London for the day!

Normally when you do this kind of event, you simply turn up with everyone else, your route is signposted and you don’t have to think about anything other than putting one foot in front of the other. With this virtual event, I loved the freedom of being able to set off from my own doorstep in South London and follow my chosen route using the Footpath App to guide me. I love London’s amazing architecture and history so I followed a route that would take me past lots of scenic, historical places and landmarks.

I was already feeling it by the time I had reached Battersea Park which was only 6.5 miles in, but I thoroughly enjoyed every part of this challenge, spotting beautiful buildings, discovering new areas of London and with friends joining me along the way. The UCLH Charity Fundraising Team greeted me outside 250 Euston Rd at my halfway point, and Lou, the UCLH Fundraising Manager, joined me for a short stint in Regent’s Park and up Primrose Hill as part of her own Virtual challenge of running 60 miles in one month.

For one reason or another I took several detours from my planned route and ended up walking 30 miles just to be absolutely certain that I walked the distance! The last few miles were tiring but putting one foot in front of the other I reached my Finish line at Borough Market, celebrating with a glass of wine at the end! I can’t wait to take on my next challenge!

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