We did it!
Over the weekend ‘The Milky Bar Kids’ negotiated the tough 100km of Trailwalker in a magnificent time of 25 hours 55 minutes. As I crossed the finish line, to be met by Helen, Henry and friends, I got quite emotional about what we had achieved and the events of the last five years.
In the summer of 2008 I would not have been able to even contemplate attempting a challenge of this magnitude. Since ITAP in December of that year I have gone through my second rehab, climbed Kilimanjaro, developed a taste for winter mountaineering and now, at the second time of asking, completed what must be one of the toughest tests of personal endurance and team spirit, accompanied by great friends I met during our first African challenge. Taking part in the ITAP trial was not without risk but the rewards to date have justified my decision many times over.
Completing Trailwalker epitomises what’s great about ITAP: unlimited prosthetic endurance. I have an extremely sore real foot but have otherwise come through the ordeal uninjured. The people responsible for developing ITAP should feel justifiably proud that their technology has made the extraordinary possible!