After many months of planning, Saturday 7th October 2017 will be a date to remember for SEVEN Shots fans who walked from Aldershot to Maidenhead in order to raise sponsorship funds to Boost The Budget.
Trust Chairman Tommy Anderson and Vice Chair Robin Carder were joined by Steve and Hayley Jordan, Darrell Woodford, Martin and Freddy Snell for the 6.20 start, where Steve Gibbs joined them for a photo shoot in damp darkness.
Enthusiasm was high for the route that took the team via Queens Avenue, Farnborough and Frimley, Camberley Town Centre, Swinley Forest, Martins Heron, Winkfield, Holyport and into central Maidenhead.
It had been agreed that Freddy Snell (aged 9) would act as the pacesetter with Dad Martin – and they managed to get as far as the Lookout (12 miles) before taking a well earned break!
The five remaining members pushed on in perfect conditions with the rain staying almost entirely away. The latter stages were tough (as expected) but the group remained positive and surprisingly nimble! By this stage the media and twitter feeds were buzzing and the news that the funds were increasing by the hundreds kept us light footed.
The route execution was near perfect thanks to the detail provided by the local Ramblers association; although tracking data suggested that it might have been over 23 miles in total. Only the paths in Swinley Forest threatened to throw us off track! One part of the route needed modification, as the Ramblers track had been diverted due to a new build property. Just a small place with a £30m price tag: Harford Manor !
As we arrived into Maidenhead the support increased again as fans started to recognise the group. Congratulations, photos , extra sponsorship cash and handshakes all round.
After 8 hours and only a few relatively quick breaks the team were reunited as Freddie and Martin rejoined us for the last 200 yards into York Road.
Tommy and Robin extend their sincere thanks for the bravery of the other 5 in stepping up to this challenge. It took guts to step forward for this one.
We all send our incredible gratitude to those who contributed to the fund, both online and with cash/cheques. We will be leaving the JustGiving page open for a few more days and announcing a final total later this week. Suffice to say it will be far beyond anything we expected when this all started.
All seven of us though are humbled and honoured to support this club and to be able to back Gary and James in this way.