Henry Coopers’ Walking Blog – April – Fourth month of challenge 2016 completed

Henry Cooper is walking 2016 km in the year 2016!

Henry is walking 2016 km in the year 2016, to raise some funds for the Thames Valley Air Ambulance.

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Things continue to progress nicely, here are the figures for up to the end of April:

  • 1094km
  • 26 marathon distances
  • As far as Buckingham to Prague, Czech Republic (as the crow flies)
  • 80935 calories
  • 54% of target distance

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As I carry on in my quest, I am starting to see some lovely changes to the nature that I can see on my travels.  We’ve progressed from snowdrops to daffodils (sometimes at the same time!  I’m now seeing tulips and yesterday the most amazing carpet of bluebells.  With birdlife, I have seen the first ducklings of the year and many other birds are starting to nest, I have even seen my first swallow it is really my favourite time of the year – just a shame that up to now, the weather has been so cold – must be very confusing for the animals, although, as I write, things seem to be starting to warm up at last!

Many people who know me, know that I am a bit of a geek, so I thought I would just share a few apps, that I use to help me on my way:

  • Runtastic – this is a great app for recording my progress.  It works out how far I have walked, how many calories, speed etc – can be quite a good motivational tool.
  • iPhone health app – always running in the background, recording steps/distance – tends to under-read distance sometimes, but is a good guide
  • OS Maps – this is a paid for subscription that gives you full access to all of the UK Ordnance Survey maps – also works as a GPS, so is great for finding your way back to a path, if you stray off the beaten track, so you should never get lost.  Also has a great plotting a route, telling you the distance and time taken to walk.  You can save your routes and follow them, when you are out walking.  I’ve discovered many new routes near to my home using this.

Plans for the future – as well as my run of the mill walking, I would love to have a go at “walking” up Snowdon, Scafell Pike and Ben-Nevis – not sure when this will happn, so watch this space!

Thats it then,  thank you for reading, another update soon – happy walking – go on, get out there, you know you want to and who knows, the sun might shine!

Bye for now