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Middle-aged, middle-weight, mother of 3 on mad marathon mission
Middle-aged, middle-weight, mother of 3 on mad marathon mission
When I started this blog, it was to track my progress from an occasional kayaker to taking on the Devizes to Westminster non stop 125 race. Little did I know that would start me on a long distance obsession which has resulted in my completing the 30th Marathon des Sables. It has been a strange and sometimes painful ... but always wonderfully challenging journey

This is my occasional account of a middle-age mother's attempt to take on things which are really quite beyond her.

Commuting by Kayak

crawlingkiwiby crawlingkiwiMar 2nd 2011
Because I have been so affected by the Earthquake in New Zealand, I'm doing a sponsored paddle this Friday. Rather than just do a normal paddle, I've decided to commute door to door from my home near Godalming to my school in New Haw (near Woking). It's 30k so will mean a 4.30am start to get to school in time!

It has caught people's imagination and has resulted in a mini flurry of media interest - including mentions in newspapers in NZ, an interview here and a radio interview last night. Because someone had offered to double their donation if I managed to mention the word 'frog', I managed to include a slightly odd comment that the only thing to worry me about paddling that distance alone and in the dark, is falling out and being bitten by eels and frogs! My friends was good to her word and doubled her donation!

My website is

I do have some worries about it: 4.30am is a hell of an early start, it's very cold at that time of the morning and very dark. I'll be going a long way with no-one around before it starts to get light. At some point I have to contact people from school, so they can get down to welcome me on my arrival. The good news, is that I already have £770 raised online and about another £100 offline. Lots of kids want to donate on Friday at school, so I should easily reach my target of £1000.

I have still to decide whether i want to paddle home too.
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