Are the main topic of conversation in the PIE office this morning. It's also a little like the Ministry of silly walks in here.
There's a good reason for this - yesterday, nine members of the PIE team gave up their Sunday to walk 18 miles in the Chiltern 3 Peaks Challenge to raise funds for Rennie Grove Hospice Care. For those of you unfamiliar with this event, it's a walk along the Ridgeway in Buckinghamshire, taking in several of the highest hills along the way (with a lot of other smaller ones thrown in for good measure).
The team threw themselves into the challenge (some of them a little more reluctantly than others) and we completed the event in 6 hours, making no stops along the way. The final stretch up Ivinghoe Beacon was particularly challenging as the wind got up and the rain started - and it was a hill that seemed to go on forever. And ever.
I'm hugely proud of all of them, they were great and kept going - despite the moans and groans. And I think today they all feel a certain sense of achievement, as none of us had any real concept of just how far 18 miles is to walk!
If anyone would like to contribute to our fundraising, please click here, I'd also like to say a huge thanks to everyone who has sponsored us and to Rennie Grove for a brilliantly organised event.
Nearly 700 people from Herts, Bucks and beyond took on the last section of the Ridgeway National Trail in Rennie Grove Hospice Care’s Chilterns 3 Peaks Challenge on Sunday (10 September). Hundreds of local families, friends and their pet dogs walked their choice of 5, 9 or 18 miles of rolling countryside, raising vital funds for the charity. It was perfect walking weather as participants of all ages tackled the first two peaks of Whiteleaf Cross and Coombe Hill, while some persevered through more windy conditions to make it up to the top of the final peak at Ivinghoe Beacon. Multitudes of mums, dads, kids, friends, colleagues and dogs showed their support for a vital local cause by taking part and thoroughly enjoyed the friendly and encouraging atmosphere of the event.