2014The chocolates are finished, the cards are in the recycling bin and the tree has been unceremoniously shoved back into the under stairs cupboard for another year… and so now is the time to turn our thoughts towards 2014 and the adventures that the year has in store…

I do love this time of year. It is a perfect period for pausing and taking stock of the year that has passed, and making plans for the year to come.

So without further ado here are my plans for the coming shiny New Year;

I would love to do a longer trip or trek this year but I have two holidays arranged already and- gasp!- neither of them involve endurance adventures… in fact, I hardly dare admit to this, but one of them is a cruise! Yes- for the first time in my life, I am going on a cruise… all inclusive food, lovely spa pools and the chance to explore some different places. But I promise I will be trying out the on board gym!

The second holiday is a trip to Spain to see the festivals in June and to spend time with my Dad and Step mum. I don’t get the chance to see them that often and they don’t know how many more years they will spend in Spain so I thought I’d take the chance to spend time with them and see a bit more of the country.

Don’t worry though I am not hanging up my walking boots or running shoes just yet… I do have lots of endurance adventures planned too! This will be the first year for ages that I won’t be doing the Belvoir Challenge, as I’ve entered the Millennium Way Challenge– a Beyond Marathon event- on the same weekend. The Millennium Way is a 38 mile long distance path crossing Staffordshire, and we get to do it all in one day! Luckily it’s fairly flat!

I have entered the Three Shires Challenge again, and providing the weather behaves itself this year I intend to do the full 29 mile option. Third time lucky.

I have also entered the White Peak Walk again as I really enjoyed this event.

Other events on the wish-list include the Charnwood Forest Marathon, Leaden Boot and the usual old favourites (hello Ponton Plod and Spires and Steeples!) plus any more that catch my eye this year and which look like fun, so watch this space!

This will probably also be the last year my Mum and Step dad have the van at Wells-Next-The-Sea, so I will make the most of it by completing the Norfolk Coast Path. I have sent for details of another walk- a 35 mile pilgrimage route from Kings Lynn to Walsingham by John Merrill– which should be a good day out.

I’d also love to do John Merrill’s Lakeland Challenge walk, a 17 mile yomp round the high fells which looks quite tough and exciting. Oh and I also have another of John’s walks I haven’t gotten around to yet… the Lincolnshire Wolds Black Death Challenge (sounds lovely doesn’t it!!)

That little lot should keep me busy for the time being. Go on- share your plans for 2014…

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