Over the weekend of 9-10 July Matt completed the Peak District Ultra Challenge taking him in a 100 km figure of eight from Bakewell showground to raise money for the Harry Lownds Memorial Scholarship.
Peak District UltraChallenge start
The first day’s route wound its way in baking sunshine through the grounds of Chatsworth to Baslow and Calver then on to Wardlow and Tideswell, Miller’s Dale, Taddington, Deep Dale, Monsall Head, Great Longstone and back down to Bakewell. Despite the day’s heat a chilly night in a tent by the finish line ensued – sleep was interrupted by finishers of the non-stop challenge including Becky’s cousins James and Tom Kerry who were raising funds for Mesothelioma UK in memory of their Dad, David.
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Our 2022 charity fundraising efforts in Harry’s memory kicked off with Becky’s 106km UltraChallenge hike around the isle of Wight on 30 April and 1 May. Read more about her and her brother Neil’s efforts to raise funds for Sepsis Research FEAT at: https://www.justgiving.com/becnmatt-lownds
and see some highlights of their adventure here
In July Matt will be undertaking the Peak District UltraChallenge across the familiar ground of the White Peak – including traversing from Grangemill to Brightgate a stone’s throw from his childhood home in Bonsall. He will be fundraising for the Harry Lownds Memorial Scholarship at the University of Sussex through https://www.justgiving.com/matt-lownds-pduc22
We are very pleased to be able to share the Harry Lownds Memorial Scholarship Mid-Year Report for 2022 – those of you who have donated to the fund in Harry’s memory will be cheered to hear how Zac De Moor is making the most of the scholarship, as well as getting out into the hills in places familiar to family friends from the University of Sussex Mountaineering Club
Matt decided to start off Christmas Day by joining the Didcot Parkrun to complete a 5km run as his contribution to the Sepsis Research FEAT virtual Santa dash.
The ‘before’ and ‘after’ photos here speak for themselves about the wisdom of doing this having done no training since his last Parkrun outing immediately before the March 2020 COVID lockdown.
Zac has returned to his hometown of Brighton to undertake the MSc in Genetic Manipulation and Molecular Cell Biology at the University of Sussex after completing an Ecology and Conservation Biology degree at the University of Leeds.
To round off 2021’s UltraChallenge season Becky joined her friend Abi on Sunday 12 September to undertake the second day of the Thames Pathway. This took them from a dawn start in the mists of Runnymede to an Indian Summer evening finish along the Regatta Course into Henley. We are very grateful to Abi for her fundraising efforts which considerably boosted the total Becky had raised earlier in the year for Sepsis Research FEAT.
The weekend of 24-25 July saw Becky complete the UltraChallenge Coast to Coast 105km hike from Minehead on the North Somerset coast to Dawlish on the South Devon coast. She was joined by Harry’s sister Rosie. Their efforts – including an epic crossing of the eastern edge of Exmoor in horizontal driving rain – succeeded in raising in excess of £1,000 for the charity Sepsis Research FEAT.
Although Repton School’s Speech Day again was unable to go ahead due to the restrictions necessitated to deal with Coronavirus, the highlights and achievements of the year were recognised in traditional style in its Speech Day Programme. The 2021 recipient of the Biology Prize established in Harry’s memory by his family is Lily Morris, who like Harry’s sister Evie is planning to take a gap year while applying for a place at University to study medicine.
To mark what would have been Harry’s 24th birthday on 23 June Matt walked 24 miles from their family home along the Ridgeway to White Horse Hill and Wayland’s Smithy
Sunday 17 May saw Becky join Harry’s Godmother Jenny in walking the second stage of the Jurassic Coast UltraChallenge.
After a dawn start in Weymouth they made their way westward along the undulating Dorset coastline in the face of fast deteriorating weather. The lunch stop at Abbotsbury swannery was followed by the very real challenge of a long stretch along the shifting shingle of Chesil beach. Next came steep climbs and descents above chalk cliffs. Finally after eleven hours, 50 kilometers and many hundred meters of ascent and descent the finishing line in Bridport drew into view.
Tired, soaked but elated Jenny and Becky crossed the line to be met by much needed cups of tea and space blankets. We are very grateful to Jenny for the sponsorship she raised for Harry’s scholarship in completing this challenge.