Team RNC’s Virtual European Tour Blog

The Brandenburg Gate pictured at night time

On Friday 22 May 2020, Team RNC concluded it’s epic journey from Hereford to Lyon and from Lyon to Madrid. However, after a break in the Spanish sunshine, the team didn’t want to leave it at that. So a refreshed and ready group of staff and students have mobilised again and are pushing on to RNC’s third exchange destination… Berlin. The Team will also make their way back home to Hereford from Germany.

The first stage of the journey from Madrid to Berlin is a whopping 2131 kilometres. Will they get home before the end of the summer term, Friday 3 July?

Participants are asked to take a daily walk, run or cycle and then submit a record of the kilometres they have covered that day. The daily cumulative total will take us along the route back to Hereford from Madrid via Berlin.

The temporary closure of both the College and thePoint4 leisure facility has had a dramatic effect on RNC’s fundraising ability. So if you are able to make a donation or sponsor a member of staff or a student through this fun, active challenge, we would be enormously grateful. Thank you.

Day 22 – 25 June 2020

Team RNC has made it home!

Following an epic trip that saw us leave Hereford on 12 May 2020, today, Team RNC has arrived back at the College after visiting Lyon, Madrid and Berlin, its three exchange destinations.

After 5467 km of walking, cycling, running and even cartwheeling, it’s time to celebrate. But first here’s a short message from blind travel presenter himself, Amar Latif:

Amar will be undertaking a challenge of his own soon as he battles it out to become Celebrity Masterchef 2020 which starts on Wednesday 1 July. We’ll be cheering him on, all the way. Go Amar!

The Virtual European Challenge was launched by Mary Russell (RNC volunteer and former staff member). Mary was inspired by New College Worcester’s virtual trip from Lands End to John O’Groats and it’s been really impressive to see so many RNC staff, students and their families dedicate so much time to cover the 5467 km.

The Covid-19 pandemic has had an impact on us all but through our daily exercise during lockdown, morale, fitness and community has been able to thrive.

Congratulations Team RNC!


Day 21 – 23 June 2020

Day 21 Total: 216.9 km
Total to date: 1131.96 km
Kilometres left to cover: 132.04

At lunchtime yesterday we had already made it to Canterbury and with just 132.04 km to go we finished the day surrounded by the ‘dreaming spires’ of Oxford.

Student, Brandon Naylor, takes our individual walker title of the day. Brandon stepped out for an outstanding 32 km.

Student, Abdul Eneser, takes the gold medal for a collection of runs totalling 19 km.

Again, there is no stopping the triathlete Cook family who covered a phenomenal distance of 69.5 km.

Given the average daily kilometre totals, it’s likely we’ll be arriving on campus at RNC during the next 24 hours. Go Team RNC!


Day 20 – 22 June 2020

Day 20 Total: 219.7 km
Total to date: 915.06 km
Kilometres left to cover: 348.94

Excellent progress yesterday and we now find ourselves in the channel tunnel – at about half way through – not much to see here.

Our individual runner of the day award goes to Nicky Lunt, from Registry, who completed a combination walk/run of 17 km. Excellent!

Today’s individual walking title is presented to student, Chris Colbert, who stepped out for a magnificent 12.7 km…

… and drum roll again for the Cook family who covered an awesome 97 km with their walk/run/cycle combo.

Here are some photos from today’s participants:

Photo 1 shows Aspire teacher, Kerry Hunter, with her mum on their daily walk. This selfie was taken at Gosport ferry with the Spinnaker Tower and a fancy yacht behind them in the distance in Portsmouth.

Aspire teacher, Kerry Hunter, with her mum on their daily walk. This selfie was taken at Gosport ferry with the Spinnaker Tower and a fancy yacht behind them in the distance in Portsmouth.

Photo 2 shows RNC’s Braille Transcriber, Marika Kovacs, pictured with some poppies in a field.

Marika Kovacs pictured with some poppies in a field

Photo 3 shows Marika on a swing which she and Angie discovered during their walk. The swing was hanging from an old oak tree and, of course, they had to try it out.

Marika on a swing which was hanging from an old oak tree

Day 17, 18 and 19 – 19-21 June 2020

From Berlin to Hereford

Weekend Total: 695.36 km
(includes the gift of 365.82 km from our French friends)
Total to date: 695.36 km
Kilometres left to cover: 568.64

After our short visit to Berlin, the weekend saw us set off again for the journey back home to Hereford. We briefly stopped in Osnabrück. This brought back memories for our resident mathematician, Albert, who mentioned he had spent some of his teenage years here, as his father had several postings in Germany.

Our weekend’s efforts saw us arrive on the southern edge of the Flemish city of Antwerp in Belgium (15 km south of the Dutch border). Welkom! Antwerp is on the River Scheldt, linked to the North Sea and the Port of Antwerp is one of the biggest in the world. The city is also known for its diamond industry.

Our walker of the weekend was student, Lucy Platts, who took gold with walks totalling a fantastic 40.5 km.

Student, Chris Wilkins, took two titles at the weekend. Firstly, the yellow jersey for tandem cycling an amazing 82 km. Along with a gold medal for runs covering a total of 80 km. What an achievement.

Our family weekend winners are the Cook family who combined walks, runs and bike rides to cover an awesome 62 km.

Kerry Hunter took this fabulous photo near the Gosport ferry, overlooking Gunwharf Quays and the Spinnaker Tower, with a rather plush looking yacht moored in front of the Tower.

Taken near the Gosport ferry, overlooking Gunwharf Quays and the Spinnaker Tower, with a rather plush looking yacht moored in front of the Tower

Kerry took this second photo at Hill Head. It was a super windy day with lots of kite surfers and windsurfers taking full advantage.


Day 16 – 18 June 2020

Thanks to our friends from Cité Scolaire Rene Pellet

Given our achievement at arriving in Berlin so quickly we decided to take a break from our activity and spend some time in Berlin.

To our great surprise our friends from Cité Scolaire Rene Pellet (CSRP) in Lyon, got in touch to tell us, since 24 May, they had been joining in our challenge and had travelled a magnificent 365.82 km which they were gifting to Team RNC to help us along the way from Berlin to Hereford. It was a wonderful gesture and we are very grateful, thank you.

Team CSRP participants were:

Ilyesse, Inès, Fatou, Yanis, Maishou, Thomas and his family, Hervé, Magali, Annette and Virginie and her children

The best contribution came from Thomas and his family (4 people in total) with 242.36 km of hiking in the department of Isère. Amazing!

As we know, RNC students were due to travel to Lyon this year as part of the Erasmus research project into wellbeing for people with visual impairments. Unfortunately, the pandemic meant we had to postpone our plans and we opted to do our virtual tour instead.

If RNC had visited Lyon as usual, Cité Scolaire Rene Pellet would have put on two trips for our students:

Villeurbanne – Perugias (Department of Ain, 34.5 km)

Villeurbanne – Aix les Bains (Department of Savoy, 105.9 km)

Team CSRP chose to continue to these destinations virtually through walking, cycling and running.

Below, you can download a pdf, written in French, giving details, photos and films of Team CSRP’s adventures along with a rough English translation.


Day 15 – 17 June 2020

Willkommen in Berlin

Day 15 Total: 206.8 km
Total to date: 2135.66 km
Kilometres left to cover: 0 (we did overshoot by 4.66 km)

Our epic European tour hits another milestone as we have now arrived in Berlin. Congratulations everyone for your contributions. It’s taken just 15 days to get from Madrid to Berlin.

So who helped us along? Today’s big hitters:

Student, Chris Colbert, who came in strong late last night, after a busy day of weightlifting, with a 12.3 km walk.

Student Chris Wilkins, clocked up serious runs totalling 57 km in the last few days, so he takes gold as we arrive in Berlin.

Annie Cook and her family pick up the baton from the Lynch family to take today’s family crown. Annie’s clan managed to cover 52 km through a series of walks, runs and bike rides.

This is a huge team effort so no matter how large or small your contribution it all helps Team RNC on its way, so a huge cheer for everyone!

RNC Teacher, Kerry Hunter, who is currently with her mum down in Hampshire, has sent a picture and film from today’s walk.

The photo below shows a coastal scene. A grey sky and a calm sea. A boat is moored to the left of the picture with a paddle boarder to the right. A shingle beach can be seen in the foreground.

A coastal scene with grey sky and a calm sea. A boat is moored to the left of the picture with a paddle boarder to the right. A shingle beach can be seen in the foreground.

In this film, Kerry and her mum, very briefly, spot a seal in the bay during their walk along the coastline.

We have “virtually” arrived this evening at Berlin’s Brandenburg Gate, one of Germany’s best known landmarks, pictured below. We’ll rest here for the night, take in some sights before the long march back home to Hereford begins.

Credit: Photo by Elijah G on Unsplash

Day 14 – 16 June 2020

Day 14 Total: 116.9 km
Total to date: 1928.86 km
Kilometres left to cover: 202.15

Today, the individual walking title is awarded to RNC’s Braille Transcriber, Marika Kovacs. Marika and her guide, Angie, went out for their regular amble, taking in the sights and sounds of the Herefordshire countryside, covering 6.9 km each.

Below is a short video of a duck and her ducklings that Angie filmed whilst out on their walk.

Today’s individual running gold medal goes to RNC Sports Teacher, Anna Robertson, who ran an impressive 22.4 km.

For the second day in a row, the family crown goes to the Lynch family who covered 14.6 km with a combination of walks and runs.

This fantastic team effort has put us at the village of Beyernaumburg and with just 202 km to go… can we get to Berlin by Friday?


Day 13 – 15 June 2020

Day 13 Total: 263.9 km
Total to date: 1811.96 km
Kilometres left to cover: 319.04

In a late result from the weekend, we have a cumulative total from student, Chris Wilkins, who completed a collection of gold winning runs over Saturday and Sunday, covering a distance of 83.2 km. Well done, Chris.

Today’s individual walking crown goes to Braille Teacher, Elaine Vonberg, who clocked up a nifty 15 km.

Today’s family award goes to the Lynch family who, through a combination of walks and bike rides, covered 45.8 km. Who can beat them?

Team RNC are well into Germany now and just outside a town called Waldkappel. The town is known as the city on the forest and is a ski resort.


Days 10, 11 and 12 – 12-14 June 2020

3 Day Total: 267.9 km
Total to date: 1548.06 km
Kilometres left to cover: 582.94

The weekend’s individual walking title goes to Victoria Hamilton who stepped out for an impressive 23 km.

However, Annie Cook along with her family, are absolute machines pulling out an incredible 136 km which they walked, ran and cycled. Wow!

This magnificent team effort has meant that we have now crossed the French/German border and arrived in the small German town of Kirn.

Kirn’s foremost landmark, the Kyrburg, stands above the town and is a hill castle now in ruin. Since 1988, it has been owned by the town of Kirn. The ruin offers a dramatic backdrop for cultural events and many operas, plays, concerts and celebrations have been staged here.

An ariel photograph of the ruins of the Kyrburg overlooking the hilly landscape and town of Kirn

Day 9 – 11 June 2020

Day 9 Total: 333.1 km
Total to date: 1280.16 km
Kilometres left to cover: 850.84

Another amazing day with a phenomenal 333 km covered, which puts Team RNC well past half way. Whoop! Whoop!

Tonight we arrived in the French town of Chaumont which is twinned with the English town of Ashton-under-Lyne. Chaumont was bombed in 1940 and 1944 during World War II.

Today’s fittest family title belongs to Annie Cook who covered an amazing 50 km through walking, running and cycling.

Our individual walking title goes to Victoria Hamilton who stepped out for a massive 12 km.

Student, Chris Wilkins, submitted a ‘revolutionary’ week’s worth of cycling and covered a magnificent 198.4 km.

Finally, today’s individual running title goes to Tom Bendall who grabbed a cheeky little 5 km during his lunch break.

Fantastic work Team RNC. We are just 200 km shy of the French/German border. We can do this!


Day 8 – 10 June 2020

Day 8 Total: 76.32 km
Total to date: 947.06 km
Kilometres left to cover: 1183.9

We are delighted that student, Brandon Naylor, has joined Team RNC at this point and has pulled a fabulous 24 km bike ride out of the bag.

This now puts us at Le Breuil du Chêne on route D9518.

Whilst out on a walk with her mum today, Kerry Hunter also did some sound recordings. So if you’re missing the seaside have a listen to these:

Crunching of the pebbles on the beach
The sound of the waves
A selfie of Kerry Hunter and her mum during a very blustery walk along the coast in Hampshire
A selfie of Kerry Hunter and her mum during a very blustery walk along the Hampshire coastline

Day 7 – 9 June 2020

Day 7 Total: 84.28 km
Total to date: 870.74 km
Kilometres left to cover: 1260.3

Our individual walking award for Day 7 goes to student, Chris Colbert, who strided out for an awesome 7.88 km.

The family walking award goes to student, Luc Platts, along with his family who covered 12 km.

In the combined walk/run event, RNC Teacher, Annie Cook and her family pulled out a massive 27 km in one day.

It was a tie for the running award with staff members Nicky Lunt and Victoria Hamilton both contributing 8 km each.

After one week into the challenge we have covered 870km with 1260km to go. This is very impressive and it’s likely Team RNC will reach Berlin by the end of next week.

But for now we are well into France and are strolling through the village of La Roche.

Staff member, Kerry Hunter is currently in lockdown in Gosport in Hampshire. Kerry takes a walk out regularly with her mum and has sent these beautiful coastal pictures to us. Thanks, Kerry.

A coastal scene with a shingle beach, the sea is very still and the clouds are very dark and low in the sky.
A coastal scene at sunset. A silhouetted figure pushes a bike in the distance alongside the very calm sea.
A coastal scene with a pale gold shingle beach in the foreground and a very dark sky and sea. Across the bay you can see another section of land.

Day 6 – 8 June 2020

Day 6 Total: 364.45 km
Total to date: 786.46 km
Kilometres left to cover: 1344.5

Team RNC is really cooking on gas now. Some real big hitting kilometre totals are coming through. Day 6 stand out performances came from:

Sophie Corness, RNC’s Student Recruitment and Marketing Manager, with a 16 km walk

Nicky Lunt from Registry with an outstanding 22.5 km walk/run

Student, Chris Wilkins, who supplied a week’s worth of cycling which covered an amazing 163.2 kms.

So despite the gruelling climb we are now well into France in the village of Négrondes on the N21.


Days 4 and 5 – 6 and 7 June 2020

Here are the weekend’s cumulative totals:

Days 4 and 5 Total: 235.75 km
Total to date: 422.01 km
Kilometres left to cover: 1709

We had some really big totals from the weekend and three families came out on top with a mixture of walks, runs and cycles:

Gold goes to the Cook Family with 106 km

Silver to the Lynch Family with 66.25 km

Bronze to the Platt Family with 58 km

Keep it up everyone. Magnificent effort.

Albert the Statto (our resident statistician), tells me that we are just 5 km short of the Spanish/French border, which means we are half way up a very steep mountain climb in The Pyrenees. Cycling is going to be a bit tough!


Day 3 – Friday 5 June 2020

Day 3 Total: 88.88 km
Total to date: 155.26 km
Kilometres left to cover: 1975.7

Today we start proceedings with a very special message from Amar Latif. Amar is a blind entrepreneur and founder of Traveleyes, the world’s first commercial tour operator providing independent travel for people who are blind or partially sighted. Amar commented:

‘I just want to say a massive well done to everyone who is taking part in this. It’s an incredible effort, and everyone involved deserves to be so proud of themselves.’

The picture below shows Amar Latif. Also, look out for him this summer on BBC One’s Masterchef as he will be taking part as their first ever blind chef. Go Amar!

The kilometres are now clocking up on our epic journey. Today’s standout totals:

Student, Luc and family walking 15 km.

Victoria Hamilton running 10 km.

Liz Quick with her son cycling 32.18 km.

A fantastic effort by all.

The pictures below shows RNC’s Braille Transcriber, Marika Kovacs, taking in some of the textures and sounds during her walk on a very windy hill over Holmer in Hereford.

Marika standing on a footpath which leads through a field of Barley
Marika kneels down in the field to feel the texture of the Barley crop

Day 2 – Thursday 4 June 2020

Day 2 Total: 32.6 km
Total to date: 40.6 km
Kilometres left to cover: 2090.4

The walks, runs and cycles are starting to build up and today’s big hitters are:

Kerry Pickering from the ILS Department with a fantastic 9 km walk.

Nicola Lunt from Registry who ran for 7 km.

Liz Quick and her son got on their bikes and cycled for 6.4 km.

Well done, Team.


Day 1 – Wednesday 3 June 2020

Day 1 Total: 8 km
Total to date: 8 km
Kilometres left to cover: 2123

It was a pretty slow start from Madrid on the first day. Everyone was enjoying a final siesta. Only students’ Abdul who completed a 2km run and Luc, with his family, completed a 6km walk.

We will soon get going and the kilometres will fly by. Here’s the route from Madrid to Berlin plotted on a map:

A route map from Madrid to Berlin

Final Day – Bienvenidos a madrid

We did it!

Just look at this for a welcome from our friends in Madrid…

The picture shows two of our female Spanish friends holding up a sign saying Bienvenidos a madrid RNC

What an outstanding effort from everyone on the final day.

Albert Pitcher, our resident Statto, confirmed Team RNC’s arrival at 20:39 this evening and also passed on today’s family and individual totals.

Day 11’s family crown goes to the Lynch family who stepped out for an astounding 25.5 km.

The individual walking title, goes to student, Chris Colbert, who clocked up 9.44 km. Well done, Chris.

Today’s athletics Gold goes to S Pitcher, with an awesome 15 km run.

Finally a special mention to Nicky Lunt from Registry, whose 6 km run got us over the finish line at 19:45 this evening.

So that’s it. Our mission is complete. From Hereford to Lyon and from Lyon to Madrid. Well done everyone and now it’s time to Fiesta.


Half way through final day and reports are coming in that Team RNC have arrived at Castejón de Henares, which is situated North East of Madrid.

At the town’s entrance there is an old sun-dried brick and masonry building, popularly known as The House of El Cid. There are various legends associated with this house – one, that El Cid hid a treasure in the house’s foundations.

However, we cannot stop to explore as we must push on to Madrid.

109 km to go… can we make it before midnight?


Day 10 – Thursday 21 May 2020

End of Day 10 and with one more day to go we have made it to the Spanish town of Aldealpozo.

Today’s cumulative Team stats are:

Day 10 Total: 203.8 km
Total to date: 872.26 km
Kilometres left to cover: 226.74

During our virtual stopover in Aldealpozo, we visited the most significant landmark, the Aldealpozo Tower. This Berber Tower is part of the Church of San Juan Bautista and is 18 metres tall.

Following our tour, we were excited to find out today, that Team RNC’s news had been shouted from ‘The Rooftop’ – an online news platform that is the home of good news. You can read the story here.

Day 10’s top Kilometre crunchers were as follows:

Liz Quick from RNC’s HR Department, takes today’s walking crown. Liz submitted a week’s worth of walks today. A magnificent 111 km in total, averaging out at 15.9 km per day. Well done Liz. But, if that wasn’t enough, Liz also takes the Yellow Jersey from Albert, as she also completed a 32 km cycle road. Wow! ‘Quick’ by name, and ‘Quick’ by nature.

Our gold medallist in athletics today is Nicky Lunt from RNC’s Registry. Nicky pulled an impressive 11km run out of the bag. Congratulations, Nicky.

Final day tomorrow and we’ve got to clock up a massive 226.74 km to complete our challenge. Can we do it? Yes, we can!


Day 9 – Wednesday 20 May 2020

End of Day 9 and Team RNC has crossed the border into Spain by 1km.

Day 9 total: 110.82 km
Total to date: 668.46 km
Kilometres left to cover: 430.54

As expected the Pyrenees mountains slowed us up a bit yesterday but the Team is still progressing well and looks to be on track for arrival in Madrid by Friday whoop! whoop!

Today we finished near to a town called Luzaide/Valcarlos. A distinguishing feature of the town is its association with the Way of St James, which crosses the Pyrenees through a narrow, steep valley. The border location of Luzaide/Valcarlos, together with its woods and rivers, has moulded it not only physically but also socially and culturally with its neighbours.

Now on to the Day 9 champions. Drum roll please…

The Cook family take the family crown again with an awesome 52.4 km.

Tom Bendall, from RNC’s Marketing Team takes Day 9 Gold for his 5 km run and today’s individual walking title goes to RNC Teacher, Libby Hudson with a kilometre total of 10.

Just two days left to go now. Will we make it to Madrid by Friday? Only you can decide.


Day 8 – Tuesday 19 May 2020

The ‘March to Madrid’ continues and the Team RNC stats are as follows:

Day 8 Total: 158.58 km
Total to date: 557 km
Kilometres left to cover: 541

Team RNC is currently 37 km North of Pau, an ancient royal city at the foot of the Pyrenees. It’s a city of Art and History but is also a very green city with more than 750 acres of green space and is also surrounded by quality vineyards. Perhaps we can have a virtual wine tasting en route?

Day 8’s family crown goes to the Cook family who ran, walked, cycled and cartwheeled their way to an outstanding 50.1 km.

For the second day running, Residential Manager, Victoria Hamilton, took running Gold clocking up 10.7 km with Nicola Lunt hot on her heels with a run of 9.5 km.

In the cycling stakes, Albert hands over the Yellow Jersey to student, Chris Wilkins, who rode a whopping 81.11 km.

Day 8’s top individual walker award goes to Director of Learning and Curriculum, Nicola Smith, who stepped out for an incredible 21 km.

An awesome effort from everyone and if we carry on like this getting to Madrid by Friday could be a reality.

Here’s today’s rogues gallery:

Picture 1 shows Sophie Corness, Marketing and Student Recruitment Manager, with her very handsome Irish Woolfhound, Seamus.

Sophie Corness, Marketing and Student Recruitment Manager, with her very handsome Irish Woolfhound, Seamus

Picture 2 shows Braille Transcriber, Marika Kovacs, enjoying the smell of some beautifully scented Lilac.

Marika Kovacs, enjoying the smell of some beautifully scented Lilac

Picture 3 shows a pair of graceful swans that were seen during Angie and Marika’s walk.

A pair of beautiful swans that were seen during Angie and Marika's walk

Day 7 – Monday 18 May 2020

Following a virtual celebration with our friends in Lyon. We are now marching on to Madrid. Will we make the 1006 km by the end of term on Friday?

Here’s a map showing a route from Lyon to Madrid.

A map showing a route from Lyon to Madrid

Team RNC goes from strength to strength and on Day 7 totalled an astonishing 320.34 km leaving 685.66 km to go.

RNC Sports Teacher, Aaron Ford and his family take Day 7’s family crown with a 42 km walk.

Residential Manager, Victoria Hamilton, takes Day 7 Gold for an astounding 38 km run and Mathematics Teacher, Albert Pitcher, takes the Yellow Jersey for a 15 km bike ride.

Our top individual walker with 16 km, is Sophie Corness, RNC’s new Marketing and Student Recruitment Manager. Sophie is pictured below with Morag, her beautiful Deerhound.

Sophie is pictured with Morag, her beautiful Deerhound.

Don’t forget to keep sending in photos of your activities. Here’s a great selfie of Lukasz (left) and Neil (right) after walking/running 8.09 km. Well done both.

A selfie of Lukasz (left) and Neil (right)

Keep totting up the Ks and sending in your photos. Even though we can’t all get together in person, it’s really nice to see your happy smiling faces which is helping to keep the RNC spirit alive.


Day 6 – Sunday 17 May 2020 – We Did It!

At 15:45 on Sunday, Team RNC made it, ahead of schedule to, Cité Scolaire Rene Pellet in Lyon.

We were greeted with this wonderful recorded message from Herve Bourgey from the school – click below to listen:

A message in French from Annette Malfrait, also reads:

‘Nous n’avons pas encore additionné nos kilomètres ! 

Je propose de voir, avec les kilomètres parcourus par la french team, si nous pouvons aller à Perouges et à Aix les Bains depuis villeurbanne puisqu’il s’agissait de deux endroits où nous voulions vous emmener en mars. Quel est votre avis?’ 

In total, Team RNC has clocked a magnificent 1066 km in just 6 days. What a phenomenal achievement and well done and congratulations to everyone that took part in the challenge.

An extraordinary effort was logged today, as student, Chris Wilkins submitted his week’s running tally of 242 km. Fireworks definitely needed for this performance.

The Day 6 walk also saw our Executive Principal, Lucy, and her husband take in this wonderful view of Woolhope as they clocked up a leisurely 10 km between them.

A wonderful view of the Herefordshire countryside at Woolhope

Marika is also pictured here halfway through a 9.8 km walk in Holmer, Hereford.

Marika pictured with the green Herefordshire landscape behind her and a cloudy sky above

We’ve made it with 5 days to go – an exceptional achievement by everyone that took part. So rather than stop there we thought we would continue our adventure and carry on our route through France to a Spanish location, yet to be determined. Watch this space…


Day 5 – Saturday 16 May 2020

The Team RNC stats are as follows:

Day 5 Total: 158.58 km
Total to date: 776.26 km
Kilometres left to cover: 289.74

Team RNC has now reached the northern edge of Troyes located on the River Seine, approximately 150km south-east of Paris. The town has been in existence since Roman times. In the Middle Ages it was an important trading town and gave its name to the Troy Weight, primarily used in the precious metals industry. In modern times, Troyes is twinned with the English town of Chesterfield. It is also home to the popular clothing brand, La Coste.

RNC staff members Marika and Angie took the individual walking crown for Day 5, each clocking up 10.4 km. Two family groups are also putting in incredible performances – firstly student, Luc Platts and his family who walked 42.5 km and the Cook family who ran, walked and cycled their way to 38 km. A great effort by everyone.

Don’t forget to share some pictures of yourselves clocking up the ‘Ks’ and if anyone would like to support Team RNC’s virtual trip to Lyon, please click the donate button above.

The picture below shows some of the surviving half-timbered houses, from the 16th century, in Troyes old town.

Some of the surviving half-timbered houses, from the 16th century, in Troyes old town

Day 4 – Friday 15 May 2020

The Team RNC stats are as follows:

Day 4 Total: 225.04 km
Total to date: 607.68 km
Kilometres left to cover: 458.32 km

Bienvenue en France. Team RNC has crossed into France and is nearing the village of Arcy-Sainte-Restitue which is approximately 100km East-North-East of Paris. According to Wikipedia, Arcy-Sainte-Restitue is named, unsurprisingly, after Saint Restitue whose remains were laid in the village chapel. However, in 863, King Louis II of France ordered that the holy relics be moved to escape the ravages of the Vikings. The remains of Saint Restitue were thoroughly dispersed.

Day 4 saw some really impressive targets. Top of the day’s leader board was student, Meme, with a magnificent 30 km walk, followed by student, Kali, clocking up 27 km. Student Luc, along with his family, also walked and cycled their way to an incredible 32 km.

Good work everyone. Don’t forget to share some pictures of you clocking up your ‘Ks’.

Here’s some footage of a Robin, or rouge-gorge in French, in full song during Marika and Angie’s Day 4 walk – enjoy!


Day 3 – Thursday 14 May 2020

The Team RNC stats are as follows:

Day 3 Total: 224.27 km
Total to date: 382.64 km
Kilometres left to cover: 683.36

We rather unfortunately, finished yesterday’s journey slap bang in the middle of the world’s busiest shipping area, The English Channel! The French name for the Channel is La Manche and has been used since the 17th Century. The name is said to refer to the Channel’s ‘sleeve’ shape.

Yesterday’s big hitters were the Cook Family who walked and cycled an incredible 48 km and the Quick Family who also totted up a magnificent 37 km.

High Fives to students’ Kelsey, Sonal, Luc and Abdul who are also clocking up the walking and running miles. 

Don’t forget to send your pictures in and we can give you a shout out. Here are some photos from Day 3:

Picture 1 shows Tom Bendall, from our Marketing Team. He took time out from his 5k run to take a selfie with a lovely black and white cow.

Tom takes time out from is 5 km run to take a selfie with a black and white cow

Picture 2 is a selfie of Angie (RNC Comms Manager) and Marika (RNC Braille Transcriber). As Angie is guiding Marika, social distancing is quite difficult, hence the masks, regular hand sanitising and taking temperatures daily to ensure they are safe.

A selfie in the countryside for Angie and Marika. Both wearing black face masks.

Picture 3 shows RNC teacher, Annie, with her dog, Meggie, after a 5km run.

RNC teacher, Annie with her dog, Meggie, after a 5km run

Day 3 is yet to be completed but we thought it was worth noting that today’s virtual walk has, so far, taken us through the city of London.

As one of the most diverse cities in the world, London houses over 9 million residents, who collectively speak over 300 languages, including Bengali, Gujarati, Punjabi, Cantonese, Mandarin, Hokkien, Spanish, Portugese, Italian, French and, of course, English.

The virtual tour now sees us arrive at Dover, take a quick look at its famous white chalk cliffs and pop into the Castle if there’s time, before we board the ferry for a trip across The English Channel or La Manche. All aboard. Next stop France 🇫🇷

Good going everyone.


Day Two – Wednesday 13 May 2020

A few more people joined the challenge and the Team RNC stats are as follows:

Day 2 Total: 99.67 km
Total to date: 158.37 km
Kilometres left to cover: 907.63

In terms of where we are, on the road to Lyon, we are just outside London.

A special shout out to the Lynch family who covered an incredible 29.75 km on Day 2.

Also taking part is RNC’s Braille Transcriber, Marika Kovacs. Marika covered 7.5 km yesterday and this picture shows her stopping to have a listen to some of the birdsong en route. Marika is standing on a bridge which crosses over a local tree lined brook.

Marika is standing on a bridge which crosses over a local tree lined brook

Day One – Tuesday 12 May 2020

The Challenge started part way through the day so we were off to a slow but steady start with a total of 58.7 km under Team RNC’s belt. Just 1007.3 kms to go.

One of the Challenge participants is Catherine McLean, a volunteer at RNC on the Erasmus project. Catherine has accompanied two groups on trips to Lyon and says:

‘Walking there this time will be a novelty. Bon courage à tous.’

The picture below shows Catherine seated outdoors, facing camera with giant, silver balloon numbers, 7 and 0, behind her

Catherine seated outdoors, facing camera with giant, silver balloon numbers, 7 and 0, behind her

 

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