Special needs teacher Lynda Huggett is pushing herself to take part in a 100km walk while raising money for Cancer Research UK.
It will take between 24 and 30 continuous hours to complete the walk between London and Brighton but there will be four stages of rest for food, drink and medical help.
“These are the places I will most enjoy getting to. I am used to night walking, as well as walking on my own, but I am still pretty scared,” said Lynda, who works at Bonners Primary School in Maresfield.
Lynda tackled her first challenge in 2013 at the age of 44. “I had a bit of a mid-life crisis having had several years of bad health along with a ruptured knee which required extensive surgery.
“I was feeling quite sorry for myself. Both my dad and step-dad had been diagnosed with prostate cancer, I had lost my nan to kidney cancer and my old boss to stomach cancer along with several friends suffering with breast cancer
“Having had my husband have a scare himself I decided to do something to prove I could and to try and raise some money for Cancer Research.”
Lynda started big with Moonwalk London when she hiked 26.2 miles, at night, in her bra. She finished in seven hours and 45 minutes. The same year she did the Shine London half marathon walk, followed last year by her second Moonwalk London marathon. “I had the bug,” she said.
Lynda will be celebrating her 46th birthday this month and decided to do one more challenge:
“How hard could it be? 100km (62.14 miles) walk from London to Brighton, non-stop – no sleep. It starts from Richmond Park at approximately 8am on Saturday, May 23 and hopefully I should arrive at Brighton Racecourse by lunchtime Sunday – or that is the plan,” she said.
Lynda added there were normally about 3,000 challengers, compared with 17,000 at the Moonwalk, and it was considered to be an Extreme Challenge.
She decided to raise money for Cancer Research UK as there were now so many cancers affecting her friends and family that it was impossible to decide on one specific one. “It just seemed fairer,” she said.
Lynda lives in Fairwarp with her husband Steve and their two children, Jordan, 16, and Lauren, 12. She works with special needs children at Bonners school and currently teaches a child with autism and a child with dyspraxia.
She started training for her latest challenge a few weeks ago. That includes going to the gym four or five times a week for either walking, cycling or rowing, and long walks at the weekend – the family’s German Shepherd helps with that – and weight training once a week for 16 weeks.
When Lynda told Uckfield News about her challenge she said: “A friend of mine lost her Mum to cancer two days ago so this has just made me want to try a little harder to raise a little more money. My target is £500. It seems such a small amount but would do so much good and anything over this would be fantastic.”
If you would like to support Lynda in her fund-raising efforts please visit her JustGiving page. She regularly updates the page with news of how her training is going.
Read more about the London2Brighton Challenge here.
Find local businesses in our Uckfield Directory