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Challenge complete

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Team story

[lt]h1 style="text-align: center;"[gt][span=color: #ff0000;]A MASSIVE THANK YOU   [/span][lt]/h1[gt][lt]h2 style="text-align: center;"[gt][span=color: #ff0000;][lt]span style="color: #888888;"[gt][lt]span style="background-color: #ffffff;"[gt][lt]span style="color: #000080;"[gt]A big big thank you to all of you who have supported us on our walkabout for Dreams Come True. With your very kind and generous donations and with the added benefit of gift aid we have raised over £1,000, thank you.   As expected, our blisters have healed and our aching limbs have recovered, unlike the pain and suffering of so many children. Your donation will allow them a route to escape this pain if only for a brief moment. If you haven't yet donated and still wish to it's not to late just click on the donate now button, thank you.  [/span][lt]/span[gt][lt]/span[gt][lt]/span[gt][lt]/h2[gt][lt]h2 style="text-align: center;"[gt][span=color: #ff0000;][lt]span style="color: #888888;"[gt][lt]span style="background-color: #ffffff;"[gt][lt]span style="color: #000080;"[gt]Do click the link below for a short video of our walk of the Camino de Santiago. Do please ensure your sound is on. Hope you enjoy it and thank you once again for your generosity.  [/span][lt]/span[gt][lt]/span[gt][lt]/span[gt][lt]/h2[gt][lt]h2 style="text-align: center;"[gt][span=color: #ff0000;][lt]span style="color: #888888;"[gt][lt]span style="background-color: #ffffff;"[gt][lt]span style="color: #000080;"[gt] [/span][lt]/span[gt][lt]/span[gt] [url=http://youtu.be/3_SMzIzxh_4][span=color: #ff0000;]http://youtu.be/3_SMzIzxh_4[/span][/url][span=color: #ff0000;]  [/span][lt]/span[gt][lt]/h2[gt][lt]h3 style="text-align: center;"[gt][span=color: #ff0000;] [lt]span style="color: #000080;"[gt]Martin Hodgson & Kerry Davies [i](The Pilgrims)[lt]br /[gt][/i][/span][lt]br /[gt][span=color: #000000;]--------------------------------------[/span][lt]/span[gt][lt]h2 style="text-align: center;"[gt][span=color: #ff0000;]It’s Official, Martin & Kerry are now Pilgrims[/span][lt]/h2[gt][lt]h4[gt][span=color: #000080;] A walk of 130 miles began with a single step and ended nine days later at the foot of the altar in Santiago Cathedral. We had done it, walked the pilgrims path to Santiago.[/span][lt]/h4[gt][lt]h4[gt][span=color: #000080;] Firstly a massive thank you to all who have sponsored us to date and to all those that have been waiting to see if we finish, hehe, we did, here’s our story.[/span][lt]/h4[gt][lt]h4[gt][span=color: #000080;] At 9am on Tuesday 21st Feb, we stepped outside our hostel in Ponferrada, hugged each other and said 'Buen Camino’ meaning 'good Journey', this is a known saying for the Camino and we must have heard in a dozen times a day from local well wishers.[/span][lt]/h4[gt][lt]h4[gt][span=color: #000080;] As we headed up the street, we stopped after only 20 steps, 'whoops wrong way' The Camino, is heavily marked with yellow shells or arrows, how could we go wrong? I'll take the blame for that as my walking nickname is 'Farquary' as in where the.......[/span][lt]/h4[gt][lt]h4[gt][span=color: #000080;] Kerry and I agreed we must walk our own Camino, at our own pace and allow one another to drift off into their own thoughts or plug their music earpiece in. We did this very well throughout the whole trip, sometimes walking together, sometime lunching or resting together, sometimes simply walking past the other resting or walking slowly, just nodding to confirm 'okay'. Of the 80 hours of walking we must have walked 65 alone. That worked just perfect, as this was a spiritual journey for both of us and gave us time for reflection.[/span][lt]/h4[gt][lt]h4[gt][span=color: #000080;]Anyway back to day one, within 2 hours I realised how important it was not to overload my backpack, advised to keep it to 13kg, I had stuffed it full, weighing in at 18kg, Kerry, sensibly maintained 13kg. Carrying my extra 5kg for 8-10 hours a day, proved fool hardy, as my aching shoulders, back and 6 blisters proved. Kerry suffered too, with 3 blisters.[/span][lt]/h4[gt][lt]h4[gt][span=color: #000080;]This first day we just settled into our stride, passing miles of olive groves and wondering why the afternoons were so hot when bad weather was expected. After 14 miles and an evening hill, we reached our first hostel know as an Albergue, shut, O bum, how far would the next one be? Just across the road, phew, we rolled in exhausted, and were offered a seat by the fire and a cup of tea and some sort of stale biscuit. We paid out 12 euros each which later we found got us a bunk bed in a room of 20, hot showers, three course communal dinner with wine, breakfast the next morning, and best of all, the opportunity to meet other pilgrims, some of whom became our friends which we spent many a great evening with. These included a trio of Spaniards, who we affectingly named the three amigos, two Slovakians, an Irish lass, and the youngsters of the clan at 27 a Canadian couple, who became know as the children of Canada. It would take a couple of days but this was the start of an amazing bond of friendship, much laughter and camaraderie, and fun trying to communicate when most of us hardly spoke the others language. Although sometimes I understood the Slovaks more than the Irish lass. [/span][lt]/h4[gt][lt]h4[gt][span=color: #000080;] Around 8am the next morning everyone set off at their own pace. This proved to be a tough day, climbing to 1000m over 15 miles, Kerry & I had been passing each other all day, now as darkness descended and we approached a steep climb, we stayed together, finally reaching this privately run Albergue (Someone’s house) at 7pm, we fell through the door and were ushered out in Spanish as it's rude to enter with your backpack on. Exhausted we forgot the little Spanish we knew, our host gabbling away, luckily the children of Canada were there to interpret for us. Just the four of us shared the Albergue that night, with it's suspended buck beds and very interesting combination of shower/stand up only loo. We were not allowed to discharge used loo paper, humm, what would you do?[/span][lt]/h4[gt][lt]h4[gt][span=color: #000080;] Day three, we set off separately on a cold but clear morning, turned the first corner to face a hill, which just kept going up and up, into the mist, ice and snow laying thick in places, and proving difficult to walk on. I had navigated my way to the top of a particularly long steep section of ice, when I lost my footing, fell, bumping my bum hard and cutting my arm, as I slid all the way down. Which meant I have to climb all the way back up again. By early afternoon we have reach the highest point of our 130 mile hike, 1335m (4,400ft) And to celebrate, what else, a beer, deep joy. The next few hours were spent going down hill, which was almost as difficult as going up, except I could breath properly. Neither of us had seen any of the others this day. So that night the two of us agreed to stay in a Casa, ( a 2 star hostel)  but still have the Pilgrims supper. Expecting a hot vegetable broth, we were serve steak and chips with plenty plenty vino, I slept well that night.[/span][lt]/h4[gt][lt]h4[gt][span=color: #000080;]The next few days followed a similar pattern, setting of at 8am, in the cold mist, walking into the hot afternoons (70f) sometimes. Covering a total of 15 miles per day, meeting many of our new friends along the way, and ending up each evening in the same Albergue. Where we worked on our Spanish, Slovakian and Irish language skills.[/span][lt]/h4[gt][lt]h4[gt][span=color: #000080;] By day 6 we found we were one whole day ahead of target, which we maintained, completing the 130 miles in nine days. On the last evening on the road, the Slovaks cooked us a wonderful meal, with plenty, plenty vino, which helped numb our aching limbs and throbbing feet. It also aided a solid sleep as we agreed with our new friends to set off at 6am in the dark the next morning to cover the last 15 miles to arrive at Santiago Cathedral in time for midday mass. We all walking into the plaza of the Cathedral, accompanied by bagpipes, the traditional instrument of the Galician region of Spain.[/span][lt]/h4[gt][lt]h4[gt][span=color: #000080;] After mass, we collected our compostela certificates confirming we had completed the Camino and were now officially Pilgrims. Proof that we had walked the Camino, was done by obtaining stamps in a special pilgrims passport from the albergues we stayed at, also cafes and churches enroute.[/span][lt]/h4[gt][lt]h4[gt][span=color: #000080;] I embarked on this journey for two reasons, the first, was a spiritual journey to find inner peace, I learnt along the way that in fact I am not a human being on a spiritual journey, but a spiritual being on a human journey. The second reason, and this is where you can help, was to raise as much money and awareness for an amazing charity, Dreams Come True. I hope you have been inspired and enjoyed this story enough to sponsor us and our blisters, sore shoulders, aching back, ok, you get the idea.[/span][lt]/h4[gt][lt]h4[gt][span=color: #000080;] ‘Let no one ever come to you without leaving better and happier’. Please help a suffering child feel better and happier, even just for a short while. Thank you.[/span][lt]/h4[gt][lt]h4[gt][span=color: #000080;] Martin Hodgson & Kerry Davies[/span][lt]/h4[gt][lt]h4[gt][span=color: #000080;][i][lt]span style="color: #888888;"[gt]We hope you enjoy the photos opposite and the video clips below.[/span][/i][lt]/span[gt][lt]/h4[gt][p]Camino Walking on Ice  h[url=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JxdsrkPW1co&feature=youtu.be]ttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JxdsrkPW1co&feature=youtu.be[/url][/p][p] Camino Bagpipes    [url=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ijbGhJyOKvs&context=C3903945ADOEgsToPDskJai0U3JUj5irL8tato9e7o]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ijbGhJyOKvs&context=C3903945ADOEgsToPDskJai0U3JUj5irL8tato9e7o[/url][/p][p] Camino Dance   [url=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dOz0zTqvI9Y&context=C307d533ADOEgsToPDskKVIEAgtkTRX127P9adKBxJ]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dOz0zTqvI9Y&context=C307d533ADOEgsToPDskKVIEAgtkTRX127P9adKBxJ[/url][/p][lt]h3[gt][hr/][lt]/h3[gt][lt]p style="text-align: center;"[gt][span=color: #ff0000;] [lt]span style="font-family: Verdana; font-size: 15pt;"[gt]‘Lets go for a little walk’[/span][lt]/span[gt][/p][lt]p style="margin-left: 6pt; margin-right: 6pt;"[gt][b][span=font-family: Verdana; color: navy; font-size: 7.5pt;]Hello everyone, in the past many of you have been very generous and sponsored me for such things as cycle rides, the Great South Run etc, well, this year I thought I’d be different.  My friend, Kerry and I will be flying out to Spain on 20[sup]th[/sup] February 2012, to walk 130 miles over 10 days of the Pilgrims Path known as the Camino. We will be setting off from Ponferrada on 21[sup]st[/sup] Feb arriving at the cathedral in Santiago de Compostela, in north west Spain on 2[sup]nd[/sup] March, [/span][/b][i][b][span=font-family: Verdana; color: navy; font-size: 7.5pt;]we hope[/span][/b][/i][b][span=font-family: Verdana; color: navy; font-size: 7.5pt;].[/span][/b][/p][p][b][span=font-family: Verdana; color: navy; font-size: 7.5pt;]Like thousands of Pilgrims before us we will be following the path of the apostle St. James. Most, like us, walk this path, whilst others cycle, travel on horseback, and a few drive it. Pilgrims are motivated by a variety of reasons, some seeking absolution, which they believe they will receive upon touching the statue of St. James inside the cathedral in Santiago. Although we both wish our reasons to remain personal, we were both inspired by a film released this year about the Camino called ‘The Way’ directed by Emilio Esteves and staring his father Martin Sheen. I recommend watching it on DVD, it’s a great film.[/span][/b] [b][span=color: #000080;]See this link for the film's trailer[/span]. [/b][url=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0hy54CpKeqk][b]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0hy54CpKeqk[/b][/url] [/p][p][b][span=font-family: Verdana; color: navy; font-size: 7.5pt;]The myth says that St James died falling into the Galicia sea. When his body was recovered it was covered in Scallop shells. Hence Scallop shells have become the symbol of the Camino and many of the signs marking the route depict this symbol. Pilgrims carry Scallop shell on their backpacks, as we shall be doing.[/span][/b][/p][lt]p style="margin-left: 6pt; margin-right: 6pt;"[gt][p][b][span=font-family: Verdana; color: navy; font-size: 7.5pt;]Along our journey we shall undoubtedly endure some hardships, as we will be travelling in winter and at heights upto 4,200 ft (Snowdon is 3,500ft). We hope to stay in pilgrims hostel’s known as Albergues, however, some will be closed during winter, whilst others will be to far to walk to in one day, so we will have to camp whilst bathing our blistered feet in cold water by the camp fire. There’s a good chance that between any sunshine we will endure cold head winds, freezing rain, and even snow. We will be mainly living off dried fruit, porridge, pasta and rice, as these are easy to cook on our camp stoves.[/span][/b][/p][p][b][span=font-family: Verdana; color: navy; font-size: 7.5pt;]Yes, I’m unashamedly trying to gain your sympathy, as once back home our blisters will heal, our aching limbs will recover and we can return to the comfort of our normal lives. However, there are many children in this world who are less fortunate than most of us, living their lives with a serious or terminal illness. So Kerry and I have teamed up with a charity called ‘Dreams Come True’ which helps these children realise their dreams. Dreams, such as hugging a Husky, visiting Legoland, meeting famous people, including the players at Spurs, great dream that one :)  Meeting up with family members from overseas, and even having a bike adapted to be able to cycle around with friends. For more details click on the charities logo on the left.[/span][/b][/p][p][b][span=font-family: Verdana; color: navy; font-size: 7.5pt;]Upon arrival in Spain we need to obtain a Pilgrims Passport, which will allow us to stay in the Albergues and must be stamped at each hostel. Then upon reaching Santiago we will receive the Compostala certificate, confirming we have completed our hike of the Camino. I will write again upon our return to let you know how we got on.  I hope you consider our efforts and more importantly, Dreams Come True a worthy charity to donate to. If so, please simply click on the donate now button and follow the instructions, remembering, if you are a tax payer, to click on the gift aid link. ‘Virgin Money Giving’ take no part of your donation, and Kerry and I have funded this trip ourselves, so 100% of your donation will go to ‘Dreams Come True.’[/span][/b][/p][p][b][span=font-family: Verdana; color: navy; font-size: 7.5pt;]Thank you for taking the time to read our story. I hope the attached photo’s inspire you to donate, and indeed to pass on this link to anyone you think might be interested in sponsoring us. They dont need to know us, just appreciate the charity their money is going to. Thank you. [/span][/b][/p][p][b][span=font-family: Verdana; color: navy; font-size: 7.5pt;]Mr Martin Hodgson and Miss Kerry Davies. [/span][/b][/p][p][b][i][span=font-family: Verdana; color: navy; font-size: 7.5pt;]Now, where did I put my backpack?[/span][/i][/b][/p][lt]p style="margin-left: 6pt; margin-right: 6pt;"[gt][lt]p style="margin-left: 6pt; margin-right: 6pt;"[gt][lt]p style="margin-left: 6pt; margin-right: 6pt;"[gt][lt]p style="margin-left: 6pt; margin-right: 6pt;"[gt][lt]p style="margin-left: 6pt; margin-right: 6pt;"[gt][lt]p style="margin-left: 6pt; margin-right: 6pt;"[gt][lt]p style="margin-left: 6pt; margin-right: 6pt;"[gt][lt]p style="margin-left: 6pt; margin-right: 6pt;"[gt][p] [/p][/p][/p][/p][/p][/p][/p][/p][/p][/p][lt]/h3[gt]

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Personal Challenge Date

21 Feb 2012


Apr 22, 2012


Hi Martin just a quick message to say well done on your great achievement. Maybe if you do it again I might join you although I don't know if I could be without my hair straighteners:) love as always so proud of you. Robina

£25.00 plus £6.25 Gift Aid

Apr 10, 2012

Elizabeth & Jeff (cousin)

Well done, Martin (& Kerry). Congratulations to you both. Sorry this donation is late, but better late than never!

£10.00 plus £2.50 Gift Aid

Apr 3, 2012


Well done M.

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Mar 28, 2012


Well done Batman. I'm surprised they let you in the cathedral at the end - u looked like a street sleeper who was going to nick the gold candlesticks

£15.00 plus £3.75 Gift Aid

Mar 18, 2012

Kate Newton

Wow, what an achievement and adventure. Congratulations! Really enjoyed reading about your experience. Hope blisters are better! Kate HP

£10.00 plus £2.50 Gift Aid

Mar 16, 2012


Well done KND!! Hope you find what you're looking for on the AT. Keep that blog updated, and never forget that I'm living vicariously through you! Keep me posted!

£5.00 plus £1.25 Gift Aid

Mar 13, 2012

Ann Powell

Well done you lovely man x

£10.00 plus £2.50 Gift Aid

Mar 9, 2012


Marathon next!


Mar 9, 2012

Clare Smith

Bet you'll be glad to get back on your bike after that trek! Well done guys....


Mar 8, 2012


£10.00 plus £2.50 Gift Aid

Martin Hodgson

Martin Hodgson