The Workweek Hustle, The Black Death Comes to Yorkshire. The End of the 1,000 Mile Challenge?

Post 208: 31  October 2017

This has been a rather strange few days. I attended my mother-in-laws 95th birthday party in the Midlands at the weekend. The cake even tasted as good as it looks. Superb.


I also attended to my 94 year old mother for a couple of days as she suffered from the dreaded sickness bug. My two grandsons and son-in-law also had it.  There were also six other residents in my Mom’s supported accommodation who had it and one had been taken to hospital.

So arriving home on Sunday night it was not good to find that Celia had got the bug. However, Celia went the extra mile over the others and also fainted.

As I write tonight everyone is on the mend. I am hoping I will have escaped its clutches? It is a nasty bug.

The response of Sid the Yorkshireman was to put me into quarantine, not just for a few days, but for the whole week – no walks! He is even leaving Yorkshire at the end of the week. Now does he think the Black Death has returned to Yorkshire?

The Black Death was one of the most devastating pandemics in human history, resulting in the death of an estimated 75 to 200 million people in Eurasia and peaking in Europe in the years 1346-1353. It consisted of several forms of plague, including bubonic plague.

Having been quarantined I felt as though I might be thought to have the plague by Sid the Yorkshireman and others.

Sunday night I then got a Workweek Hustle Challenge from some fit-bit group members.  For some crazy reason I accepted the invite having not done one before. I soon realised what this entailed when people on the list had suddenly completed up to about 30,000 steps.

So it was matter of getting the boots on and going for local walks, even if it was raining.


Now most of my challengers are a lot younger and were booking into gyms in the evening. However, it’s a bit like the hare and the tortoise and being retired I can play the tortoise and set the hares running. So over 2 days I managed to crawl to the top of the table.


This has set the hares running tonight – literally I think on the running machines at the gym so I have now dropped down to third place. However, there are still 3 days left and I have one to two things I can try yet – watch this space.

So no ‘proper’ walks and blogs this week but I should be back to normal next week and on the COT COMBO WALK with only two more sections to do. It would be great if  I could finish my 1,000 mile 2017 challenge at the end at Scarborough, but I am not sure it will all work out. I am up to 970 miles and only have 30 to go.

Mapmywalk (Boots only walks):

Miles Walked last two days 19.3.

Calories Burnt 2555

Steps 32,600




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