Katie's China trek
In April 2013, I trekked 100 miles across the Great Wall of China. This arduous challenge meant tackling steep hills, hundreds of steps and scrabbling across decaying wall- not something I'm used to!
Brain Tumours are the biggest cancer killer of children and adults under 40. Despite this, less than 2% of annual cancer research spend is spent on research into this devastating disease. My job means I have contact with many people who's lives have been affected by brain tumours and I was inspired by these people to do my bit to make a difference.
During my training I went on regular walks, and spent many hours at the gym! I also took up cycling as I thought it was important to strengthen my legs in other ways. Additionally, I attend Pilates classes and I found this really beneficial during the challenge as I had strong core muscles that could withstand hours of walking with lots of kit on my back.
My trek was the best thing I've ever done and would recommend it to anyone! If you're thinking about taking on a challenge like this, do it!