Day five – Pennine Way – Ponden to Thornton in Craven.
Well we didn’t expect our journey to go without some challenges and today certainly presented us with that. I was woken around 4am by Harvey’s first visit to the toilet and was informed that all was not good.
A moderate days walking was planned but Harv had been struck down by sickness and diarrhea. I had breakfast (for both of us), Harv had some tea but couldn’t manage anything else.
I’ll spare the details but Harv was struggling however we had an agenda that could seriously be derailed here and now. If we stayed put we probably wouldn’t catch up.
A few miles forward and we could, so I persuaded him to make 5 miles to Lothersdale.
Harv was repeatedly ill as there were some long hard stretches of uphill walking. We made our target and rested and agreed to attempt the short 2-3 miles to Ickornshaw.
We hoped for facilities and sustinence once we made our destination however there was nothing. Our plight was recognised by a resident pensioner called Eric who invited us into his garden for tea and Jaffa cakes. Refreshed once again we attempted the short hop to Thornton in Craven.
We arrived after spending a very long day making slow progress at about 18.30 when Harv set down and said that he couldn’t go any further.
We’d got significantly further than I dreamed we could. What a star Harv has been today, if we hadn’t made progress the show was probably over.
I’m immensely proud and humbled by what Harv has achieved today.
Because of what this means I can’t see anything making him give up.
What i’ve seen today proves he’s worth every penny he’s been sponsored and it’s an honour to be sharing in it with him.
By Paul Courtney