We recently completed The Orwell 25; so recently in fact that as I write this my legs are still in recovery mode. All in all it was a brilliant experience and although we have been up and down a number of mountains; this was by far our longest hike – and one I definitely underestimated!
We also raised over £100 for The Bus Shelter Ipswich – so thank you very much to all who donated.
We set off from a packed HQ at 07:45 after picking up our checkpoint cards, and briefly consulting the map provided…although we figured following the crowd would be an easy option! After a short 10 minutes or so we were heading under the Orwell Bridge, something you only ever usually see from the perspective of being on it, so this was pretty cool in its self…this was the perfect opportunity for Mike to unpack the drone for its Dorks On a Hill debut!
It didn’t take long after passing under the bridge to find ourselves walking ankle deep in the sludge and mud of the Orwell foreshore; to be honest this was both awesome and a soul destroyer as the wildness of it was a welcome surprise, as for some reason I had thought that this would be quite a ‘watered down’ challenge…it was soul destroying as I knew my feet, now wet, would not be my biggest fans at the end of the day!
We soon found ourselves at the first checkpoint and already alarm bells were ringing in my mind of “Adam…this is going to take a considerable chunk of the day”…I was right hahaha…
If I’m honest; the first half was generally enjoyable: Type 1 Fun – “things that are fun at the time you’re doing it”
The second half turns into Type 2 Fun – “not fun at the time, but alot of fun to talk about afterward!” (this is the best type of course)
I had some real lows especially in the 3rd quater – mentally and physically! The turning point came at the third from last check point – where what we had planned as a substantial rest and stretch session turned into a 2 minute leg stretch due to the sweeper being on our tails!! (We’ll blame it on shooting drone footage)But from that moment I knew I just had to swallow some painkillers, and get on with it
From the point I had made a mental shift; I don’t want to say that things became easier, but I guess things became necessary! At this point we were definitely having Type 2 fun. for sure.
After this we decided to not rest at any of the remaining checkpoints to keep the rhythm going; which is exactly what we did. Eventually we made it back to HQ, greeted by a few brilliant volunteers, giving us a cheer, which although was a small gesture, they must have been doing that all day, so they had completed a marathon day of their own!!
I’m tempted to say that this was the first of many endurance challenges, and I’m very aware that this is hardly considered endurance for many, but in comparison to the summits we’ve made over the past few years, this seemed a brilliant challenge.
So, what now?
New Hiking Shoes
Always pack clean socks
More Drone Footage
Huge thanks again for the donations, a huge thanks to The Rotary Club for organising, and a huge thanks to our incredible and supportive families!