Last month Reece proudly did a big walking challenge and raised money for multiple sclerosis.
The challenge was to conquer 10 peaks in 10 hours and a total of 17 miles starting just outside of Keswick.
Before the challenge started Reece said he would be happy to beat the 10 hour mark by just 1 second and that's what he set his goal at. However what he achieved on the day was pretty remarkable. He was initially hoping to walk it with Poppy our youngest Springer Spaniel however due to her being out of action for 5 months and needing physio on an injured shoulder he didn't have her to help pull him up the hills.
The day started with the alarm set for 4am and trying to consume breakfast at that time of the morning was already a challenge in itself. A nice bowl or 2 of porridge and a couple of banana's and we were set for the 30mins drive to the start.
Some friends were over again from Florida and they had amazingly brought a whole team of other friends with them to join us all.
In total there were 11 of us and we started the walk around 6.45am and luckily for us the weather was pretty cool and dry.
Reece initially started with the team however after half a mile decided to go off at his own pace and never looked back. The views were absolutely superb and at the halfway point he was feeling fantastic and managed to get to Buttermere in 3hrs and 15mins without barely stopping.
From the halfway point at Buttermere though is when this challenge really took its toll and he had to push very hard to keep going with some severe ascents and descents.
Possibly the most bizarre moment was when he only had 1 mile to go and waited for a couple of cars to pass on a tight section of road. One of the drivers pulls up beside him and says 'Hi Reece, do you remember me?'
Low and behold it was someone he used to work with in Trafford over 4 years ago.
With a big push for the finish he managed to cover the 17 miles in 7hrs and 29mins and was ecstatic at the end.
If anyone else feels like taking part in the event next year then he can highly recommend it. There is even a shorter version available which he did last year.
Have a look for yourself at: www.10in10.org.uk/
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