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On Saturday 3rd September, Islander Belinda Cheswick and her sister. Amy Barker took part in a 23K trek challenge through rugged countryside of the Peak District, East Midlands, in memory of their mum who sadly died suddenly of a heart attack on July 2014.
The sisters decided to set themselves the challenge and raise money for the work of the BHF in the process.
Belinda said "It was a great atmosphere at the 'event village' and on the walks participants were very supportive of each other. The walk itself started out well at 9.40am but it started to rain very soon after we set off and didn't stop all day. Before long we were putting on our waterproof clothing and rucksack covers. The rain made much of the terrain quite difficult, particularly the uphill and downhill stony stretches that became very slippery underfoot. By the 18k mark we were thoroughly soaked, but with wet socks and boots we squelched to the end. We finished 108th and 109th out of 295 participants and completed the walk in around 6 hours, which included a 45 minute delay at the first checkpoint queuing for the ladies loo. The scenery was beautiful and it was a great event to take part in. The relentless rain made it all the more challenging and memorable!"
The Peak District is part of one of the UK's most inspiring National Parks and offers the natural beauty and dramatic scenery of the moorland plateau, Kinder Scout. Part of the moor, at 636 metres (2,087 ft), is the highest point in the Peak District, the highest point in Derbyshire and the highest point in the East Midlands.
So far Belinda and Amy have raised an amazing £1,172 anc you can follow their journey or donate through their Just Giving page - https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/CheswickChallenge