100KM in 24 hours – Faye Rooke takes on the Wye Valley Ultra Challenge

Faye before she starts her walking challenge of 100km in the Wye Valley Ultra Challenge

Faye before she starts her walking challenge of 100km in the Wye Valley Ultra Challenge

Faye Rooke, Technical Support Administrator at IG Lintels in Cwmbran has taken on the incredible challenge of walking 100km for the second time as she completed the Wye Valley Ultra-Challenge. Faye explains how she first got into walking after receiving a Fitbit through IG’s Keyfit initiative and how this inspired her to take on the London to Brighton Ultra Challenge followed by the Wye Valley Ultra Challenge, walking a combined total of 200km and raising over £1,200 for the MIND charity.

The Keyfit initiative is designed to help employees of IG Lintels look after their physical and mental health. Employees can use a Fitbit to track their physical activity and set goals to become more active and improve their health.

Faye started raising money for MIND at the start of the year by taking part in RED (Run Everyday in January) and so far has raised over £1,200 for the charity. MIND is a mental health charity which provides advice and support to anyone experiencing a mental health problem as well as raising awareness and promoting understanding of mental health problems.

Visit Faye’s Just Giving page to donate

 

Why did you decide to take on the Wye Valley Ultra-Challenge?

I got into walking last year when I got my Fitbit as part of the Keyfit initiative and I started doing a few local challenges. Living in Wales it’s quite good training for any long distance walking. This year I wanted to push myself further so I walked the London to Brighton Ultra Challenge 100km – at the end of it I said never again but 2 days later I booked the Wye Valley Ultra Challenge 100km

 

The halfway point with 50km to go ath the Wye Valley Ultra Challenge

The halfway point with 50km to go

How did you find the training and preparation for the challenge?

I’m always out walking and as I said before, living in Wales we have many places to walk. I walked the South Wales 3 peaks (Blorenge, Sugar Loaf and Skirrid) as part of my training programme which is 22 miles and just walking everyday helped me to prepare for the challenge.

 

Tell us about the day of the challenge?

The overall challenge took 24hrs. I started at 7.30am from Chepstow and walked through the night and finished just after 7:30am Sunday morning at Hereford Racecourse. This was much more challenging than the London to Brighton 100km which was more flat. The Wye Valley Ultra Challenge had a few more hills and it rained from 5pm right through to the finish so as you can imagine it was quite muddy and slippery in some places and I was quite wet.

Faye receiving her medal after crossing the finish line at the Wye Valley Ultra Challenge

Faye receiving her medal after crossing the finish line at the Wye Valley Ultra Challenge

Luckily I got chatting with two guys from the beginning and we walked together. Unfortunately one of them had to pull out at 74km as he had slipped and hurt his knee but myself and the other guy, Andy, finished together. It certainly helps to walk with someone as you can keep each other motivated and we both knew we were raising money for good causes.

Crossing the finish line is a mixture of feelings – you’re emotional because you’re so happy that you’ve completed it but most of all you feel exhausted and just want a hot bath and sleep.

Roll on next year for some more!