Elaine Spencer-White is not letting the Cotwolds get in the way of her ambition to help us reach our Dorset Dream.
Having taken on the 78 mile Wessex Ridge in 2016, Elaine Spencer-White is once again donning her walking boots as she takes on a new challenge in support of the Gordon Beningfield Dorset Farm Appeal.
On the 28th April, Elaine will be walking the Cotswold Way, a 102 mile National Trail along the Cotswold Escarpment. Starting in Chipping Campden, she should arrive in Bath eight days later.
We caught up with Elaine to learn all about this incredible challenge…
Elaine, please tell us a bit about the challenge and what will it involve?
Elaine: “I am hiking 102 miles along the Cotswold Way over 8 days. It is the first of Britain’s National Trails that runs along the Escarpment crossing some truly beautiful country and through historic ‘honey-stoned’ villages and market towns.
The challenge is three fold – one, I have an artificial knee, two the trail is far from flat and I shall be walking solo over an average daily distance of 15 miles”.
How are you preparing for this challenge?
Elaine: “I’ve been ‘in training’ since Christmas – walking at least 5 miles a day and swimming a mile once a week”.
Why have you chosen to fundraise for the CRT?
Elaine: “I’ve been a Friend of the CRT for the past 5 years and I live in Dorset. Since the 1980’s I’ve been familiar with Gordon Beningfield’s work and own a number of his books. So, when the Dorset Farm Appeal was launched in January 2015, it just made sense to add my support to the Appeal through adding sponsorship to a defined, challenging walk. This well be the third – having walked 150 miles along the Thames Path in 2015, and 78 cross-country miles along the Wessex Ridgeway (through Gordon’s much loved Hardy Country) last year”.
What does the Dorset Farm Appeal mean to you?
Elaine: “My career was working within the ‘’field of agriculture’. The initial decade in farm administration in SW Wiltshire, then twenty years in agricultural development in southern Africa, returning to the UK for thirteen years developing a sustainable, branded local food supply chain on the Somerset Levels and Moors. I have always supported conservation charities in both the UK and Africa. The Dorset Farm Appeal wraps both career and personal interest into one – in the county where I live; a ‘no brainer’ for it to have my whole-hearted support”.
When is the challenge taking place?
Elaine: “I leave Chipping Camden on Friday 28th April and will reach Bath on Thursday 4th May”.
What is the best way for people to offer their support?
Elaine: “The key means of support would be to add their donation to the Dorset Farm Appeal – which can be done on line by clicking here“.
We would like to take this opportunity to thank Elaine for choosing to once again support the CRT and for helping us to realise our Dorset Dream.
We will following Elaine’s progress during her walk on our Facebook and Twitter pages, so make sure you like our pages to keep up to date with how she is getting on. If you would like to sponsor Elaine, please visit her Virgin Money page here.