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Doncaster minster

Week 1

Talk about a flying start! All our teams have been busy this week, with activity for all teams every single day. Well done everyone! As of 5.00 pm on Sunday 11th, a total of 345 miles have been covered, which is fabulous. Standout in that figure have been the peacocks –  192 miles between them! Amazing!

That 192 miles has taken them from Alison’s house in York, following the route of the A1 south and past Leeds, Doncaster, Newark, Grantham, Peterborough, Cambridge, Stansted Airport, and resting tonight on the edge of Epping Forest to the north of London! If Bonnie Prince Charlie and his army had been able to walk south that fast you’d all be Scottish!!

As the peacocks leave behind only dust, all the rest of our teams are very evenly paced, and of course there’s safety in numbers! By the end of week one everyone’s camping out around about Doncaster, home to one of Yorkshire’s many beautiful Minsters, the image at the top of this diary post.

Our Chaparda Challenge will soon have a new challenger – Stuart Robinson will be joining the Wee Monkeys – welcome Stuart! His arrival got me thinking it might be nice for all our challengers to write a little something about themselves – some of you know some others but I don’t suppose there’s anyone who knows everyone! So a little something about yourself might be just the thing to help our team spirit grow even more. Feel free to write something about yourself and send it to me – – and I’ll include it in our diary. Meanwhile, here are some of the images from challengers posted this week… including the FIRST post, from Chloe – trailblazer!!

From Chloe – the first miles recorded!
From Emma – the Crinan Canal
Catherine’s 4 seasons!









Ramadan begins this week and we wish a very happy and blessed season to all of you who are observing Ramadan and taking part in the fast. Don’t do anything overly energetic in regards to  your walking during this time – we need you fit and well for the long haul!

Remember, any contributions to the diary are very welcome indeed.

Well done again to all our challengers, and have a great week ahead. Let’s hope for some sunshine…!


York 2

The Starting Line – York – Day 1

Our Chaparda Challenge is underway –  a team effort to walk exactly 5,686 miles from York, home of the World Medicine Charitable Trust, to our destination, the Jay Ambe Hospital  in Chaparda, Gujarat, in India. Work Medicine has been sending a team of acupuncturists and translators to Chaparda for a number of years and was all set to head there again in 2021 when the pandemic took hold and we had t cancel the visit.

Unable to travel, and missing everyone there very much, we thought “why not go go to see them virtually, if we can’t go in person?” So that was the starting point for the Chaparda Challenge, to make  virtual journey from our home to theirs.

We have a number of teams taking part and it’s never to late to join in! Through this diary we hope to follow the progress being made with stories of places we virtually visit and pass through en-route, some of the places we visit to walk in reality (!) and we’ll say something about the work we do here at World Medicine as well.

A virtual journey is a big undertaking and we’re most grateful to everyone who has agreed to take part.

How does it work? Well, people sign-on to take part and then they walk, cycle, run, swim, skip, get on a rowing machine, exercise bike, treadmill, or any other way they wish! The miles they cover on that exercise get recorded on the ‘Virtual Mission‘ page, which translates those miles onto a map that shows the distance from York to Chaparda.

We started today, Easter Sunday, April 4th, from York. Our Chair of Trustees, Alison Gould, has written the first of our diary entries as follows, and we’re grateful to her for the accompanying photographs as well.


We start in this famous and beautiful and ancient City of York with spring in the air. A journey of 5000 miles beginning with one step each.

Celts, Romans, Vikings, Normans and so many others have all walked to and from this place; to conquer, to trade to establish the great minster cathedral . Some en route like us to Scotland or Rome or Istanbul or the Silk Road. I think however that this is a unique journey; I doubt if anyone has chosen to walk from here to Chaparda in Gujurat, India before our brave and inspired group!

We hope you will follow our progress on this virtual adventure and support our efforts. We will bring you a regular update and flavour of our journey on the website.

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