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David Pinkham

David Pinkham

The 2.6 Challenge


Total raised so far£0.00

Total plus Gift Aid: £0.00


Raised offline: £0.00

My story

[p][b]Hello everyone,[/b][/p][p]My aim is to walk [b]26 miles in 2.6 days[/b] from my home to Shaldon Bridge up to Teignmouth Golf Club via Mill Lane and Shepherds Lane along Postmans Path from west to east down Old Walls Hill then up Puner Lane and onto the golf course again. From here i'll take the public footpath across the golf course and down into Luton. I'll take the Green Lane across Moor Brook and onwards to Lindridge Park. My route then takes me to Lurey Lane and up to Colway Cross down through Bishopsteignton Village and Fore St up Radway Hill and home.[/p][p]The 1st and 2nd days will see me cover 11 miles on each day, possibly more, with only short stops and 4 miles to finish off on the 3rd day.[/p][p][b]Day 1, Sunday 26th April 2020,[/b] A good start to the walk with dry, cool and overcast conditions. I am nursing a toe blister gained from Thursday's long walk and have been given toe blister sleeves by my good friend Nikki. The climb up from Shaldon Bridge to the golf course is a continuous 1.5 mile grind but, today it felt easier than when previously climbed. Might not feel so east tomorrow though! After about 5 miles needed to adjust the toe sleeve and again a few more times but, it enabled me to walk in reasonable comfort. The very steep Puner Lane and field did not present too much of a challenge as expected but, I still huffed and puffed a bit towards the top.Made good time to Luton and then bumped into a number of people out and about and ended up chatting for a bit. These folk were given my SWCP donation card at an acceptible social distance and hopefully they'll help boost my charity fund. Continued onwards to Bishop making the distance in reasonably good time, meeting more folk, who had my card shoved in their hand, again at the respected social distancing of course. With a small detour of my choice, I covered [b]12.2 mls in 5hrs.18m[/b] with a [b]total ascent of 2028ft.[/b] [/p][p]Had a nice lunch prepared by my wife Marilyn, a little rest and then a few hours therapeutic gardening to finish the day, in very pleasent warm sunshine. Just the job.[/p][p][b]Day 2, Monday 27th April, [/b]another pleasant day to start my 2nd leg, dry, a little cool and a hazey sky with no wind. Blister pads at the ready, except that I couldn't find one important toe sleeve this morning and went off without it but, Marilyn came to the rescue with a phone call to say she'd found it so, after just 1/2 mile, I turned around to go back for it. What would us men do without our wives! good question!! Onwards, feeling a little tired from the previous days exersion. Climbing up towards the golf course wasn't too bad, although I had noticeably less energy than the previous day but, as I neared the top I had a second wind and I was away. As I approached the long climb of Mount Puner! I didn't have the same spring in my step as yesterday and it was hard work on that climb but, I did manage it non stop but, only just. After a brief stop for a drink I was away again feeling ok. Along the golf course to Little Haldon and then a running repair to my blistered toe. It was holding up very well thanks to those brilliant toe sleeves. They really have turned, what would have been an uncomfortable walk, into an enjoyable one. [/p][p]I met a young lady from Bishop who I see quite regularly around here, walking her two springer spaniel dogs. She walks them every day and covers between 8 to 10 miles in doing so. That's some pretty impressive walking. [/p][p]Down into Luton [b]at the 18 ml mark [/b]with the weather holding up quite nicely and onto Lindridge Park and Lurey Lane. Here I was starting to flag and hit the "proverbial wall," wishing it was all over but, hey ho! I had to press on regardless. I finished the day doing [b]12.6 mls in 5 hrs 15 mins with a total ascent of 2110ft. My walking total is now at 24.8 mls.[/b][/p][p][b]Day3, Tuesday 28th April, [/b] today feeling well rested, I was greeted with a misty, light rain, atmospheric morning. With only [b]1.2 miles [/b]to finish off, I walked out to Colway Cross and then onto Rowden Cross and over the [b]26 mile finishing line[/b], to a fanfare of just, bird song and a feeling of real joy at [b]completing the 2.6 Challenge. [/b]I managed [b]4 mls[/b] today, so my total for the 2.6 days was actually [b]28.8 mls in 12 hrs 30 mins with a total ascent of 4610 ft.[/b][/p][p][b]I want to take this opportunity again to say, Thankyou to all those who sponsored me, in my challenge to raise money for The South West Coast Path fund. For those who still wish to donate and are waiting for me to finish the challenge, there's still plenty of time, as my page will be open untill the 26th July. Don't forget to rally your friends and family too. Stay safe and well.[/b][/p][p][b]Best wishes,[/b][/p][p][b]Dave.[/b][/p][p][br][/p][p][br][/p]

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May 7, 2020


Keep walking but most of all keep smiling.x

Apr 30, 2020


Well done Dave


Apr 29, 2020

Peter and Helen Swinbank


Apr 29, 2020

Roger A

Well done, Dave!


plus £6.50 Gift Aid

Apr 27, 2020


A wonderful time to do the lanes - relatively quiet and such great weather. Hope you have enjoyed it. Well done !


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Apr 26, 2020


Long live SWCP ..... for generations to come! It's people like you Dave who will make it happen. Thank you and congratulations.


plus £12.50 Gift Aid

Apr 25, 2020


Best of luck on your challenge. Love Marilyn x


Apr 25, 2020

Chris and Margaret

Well done Dave. The SWCP is a great asset and will only survive with donations.


plus £12.50 Gift Aid

Apr 24, 2020


Keep on walking Dave Mike


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Apr 22, 2020

Annie and Roger

Good luck with your fund-raising Dave! The coast paths are such an important part of walkers' experiences here in Devon and do need up keeping. Nothing happens without funding.


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