Greenwich and Bexley Community Hospice chief completes gruelling Thames Path Challenge

PUBLISHED: 09:33 17 September 2013 | UPDATED: 09:33 17 September 2013

Greenwich and Bexley Community chief executive Kate Heaps

Greenwich and Bexley Community chief executive Kate Heaps


The chief executive of Greenwich and Bexley Community Hospice completed the gruelling 100km Thames Path Challenge to raise almost £1,000 for the charity.

Kate Heaps completed the course in under 28 hours on Saturday and Sunday and hopes to break the £1,000 mark.

She said: “It was very tough going, especially from the 64 to 77 km mark, which we walked between 2am and 6.30am through thick river mist, dark, cold and through a wooded track covered in tree roots, cobwebs and nettles. All I could see was lit by my head torch and each time I tripped I was worried I might end up in the river.

“The final stretch from 87km was also quite a challenge, because although it was light by then, there were some unexpected hills and several stiles which proved a trial.

“I got my first blister at about 35km and they just kept on coming, I can hardly walk this morning, but am smiling, very proudly wearing my ‘I survived the Thames Path Challenge’ t-shirt and Medal.

“Thank you to everyone who has sponsored me so far and for your messages of support, you kept me going when I really didn’t think I could.”

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