NAC CARES Virtual Challenge – 803 miles (1292.41 km) down
By Lauren Amphlett

It’s been a couple of weeks since our last update, and we’re excited to share our progress on our team’s virtual Lands End to John O’Groats challenge. As most of you may know, we embarked on this journey to walk, cycle, and run the length of the UK to raise money for the Fungal Infection Trust. Despite the Easter holidays, we haven’t stopped and are mostly being fueled by Easter eggs right now!

We have now covered a total of 1292.41km (802.6 miles), which is 74% of the distance, in only 67% of the planned time of 100 days. This puts us well ahead of schedule, with just 451.79km (280.6 miles) remaining in our challenge.

Currently, we are in Scotland and approaching the iconic Forth Bridge. Along the way, we have passed several historic landmarks, including:

Hadrian’s Wall: A UNESCO World Heritage Site, this ancient Roman fortification stretches for 73 miles (117 km) across the North of England from the west coast of Cumbria near the Solway Firth to the east coast near the River Tyne in Tyne and Wear. Constructed in AD 122 under Emperor Hadrian’s rule, the wall was designed to separate Roman Britain from the barbarian north and served as a military defence line.

Edinburgh Castle: Perched on an extinct volcano, this historic fortress dominates the skyline of Scotland’s capital city. With its origins dating back to the 12th century, the castle has been a royal residence, a military garrison, and a prison over the years. Today, it serves as a popular tourist attraction and houses the Scottish Crown Jewels and the Stone of Destiny, also known as the Stone of Scone or the Coronation Stone, which is a historic and symbolic block of red sandstone, measuring approximately 26 inches (66 cm) in length, 16 inches (40 cm) in width, and 11 inches (28 cm) in depth.

Our accelerated pace is down to our team’s hard work and dedication. We are making excellent progress in our challenge, but we still have a significant distance to cover to reach John O’Groats and our fundraising goal. We are grateful for your support and are confident that, together, we will make a difference in the fight against fungal infections.

Thank you for following us on this journey; we look forward to sharing more updates with you soon. You can donate via the link below.