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  • Follow the Seagulls: Walk across the Isle of Wight and make a real difference to those living with a brain cancer- 19th

    Want to join team brainstrust with our biggest challenge yet? Follow the Seagulls, a three day walk across the Isle of Wight, will give you the chance to make a huge difference to the 55,000+ brain cancer patients in the UK. We ask that you get everyone behind you with this mammoth task by raising money through sponsorship, so that you know each step will benefit brainstrust and those we support.

     



    This is a real challenge, but one that will let you see the Isle of Wight in all its splendour. On route you’ll encounter the dells and streams approaching Ventnor, the dramatic cliff tops of Niton, the forests of Yarmouth and the busy towns of Cowes, Ryde, and Shanklin, all whilst helping us to support those living with and beyond a terrifying brain tumour diagnosis.

    About the Walk

    19-21 March 2015

    With a target of 20 miles a day, over three days, Follow the Seagulls will really test your endurance, but offer a great scenic rewards in the process, not to mention the ultimate reward of knowing how much of an impact you can have upon the lives of brain cancer patients and carers.

     

    There a couple of routes to be chosen. One is a well signposted coastal walk around the Island, where you literally follow the seagull, which is marked white on a blue sign. This path is well maintained but inevitably it may be necessary to go off piste when obstacles are encountered- but don’t worry, diversions are always posted if this happens. Plus, if the sea is by your side, then you’re on route!

     

    Here are parts of the coastal route that you'll experience

     

     

    The other route is a North-South, East-West walk which will be even more of a challenge, involving ad hoc navigation and less of an established route. There are trails to follow on the North-South, East-West walk though, which are widely available to see via online Maps. Walkers should expect to hike from Cowes to Newport using the ‘Newport Cycleway’. Then from Newport to St. Catherine’s Point using the ‘Shepherd’s Trail'. The walk from Bembridge to Newport will follow the ‘Bembridge Trail’ and finally the ‘Tennyson Trail’ will be used to walk from Newport to Needles, all of which will provide stunning views along the way.

     

     

     

    Clive Wooster, a walker already signed up for Follow the Seagulls had this to say about the event-

     

    “There is nothing quite so satisfying as going around or across the Island under you own power and enjoying the time with other walkers- it gets addictive- this will be my 4th time!”

     

    How can I prepare for this challenge?

    Although there are plenty of cafés and pubs along the way to refresh, this is no pub jaunt. It’s easy to walk the Island in 4-5 days, but we’re challenging you to do it over 2 or 3 with a 20 mile a-day target, so some heavy training will be required beforehand. You’ll need to be well prepared and in the hiking frame of mind, learning to drink before you’re thirsty and eat before you’re hungry.

     

    Plus you’ll need to be well equipped- a good pair of walking boots is essential - don’t be tempted to try it in your favourite trainers! Loose tops and trousers are comfortable and we’d recommend a weatherproof top too. We’d suggest taking a medium-sized backpack that can store other essential provisions- changes of clothes, toiletries, phones, chargers, water bottles and snacks.

     

    The trek will be hard on the feet, so we’d recommend investing in a pair of ‘1000 mile’ socks to avoid blisters. Carrying spare plasters and pain killers would also be wise you just in case though!

     

    Team brainstrust walkers will also be given a kit bag at the start of the walk consisting of a map, brainstrust shirt, energy gel, a water bottle and plasters. You’ll also receive a medal and certificate on completion of the walk.

     

    Sign up and make a massive difference now

    This will be a big test, but one which lets you come together, explore the breath-taking Isle of Wight and walk with the knowledge that you’re making a huge impact on brain cancer patients across the UK.

     

    To register, email tessa@brainstrust.org.uk or call now on 01983 292405

     

    We ask that you raise a minimum of £100 in sponsorship, but the more you know you’ve raised and helped, the more rewarding each of those steps will be.



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