Having to take another break was a tough decision but it seems to have paid off.
After visiting Exeter City last Friday I thought I would make headway to Yeovil before the predicted bad weather on Sunday, that meant I pushed hard 11 miles to Ottery St Mary which in the end turned out to be a mistake.
A mile outside Ottery my left leg started to get shooting pains in the shin, that fact was made worse by my having to walk around the town trying to find accommodation, but there wasn’t any to be found. I was told by one Landlord the village green was public land so off I went to set up the tent there and once it was all up I settled down to relax and listen to the radio. I also checked my phone email and one had just come in from a Plymouth Trust Board member called John, his parents lived in Ottery and he had mailed to say I could stay there and to meet him in the Kings Arms at 9pm.
So, after some thought I packed up the tent and went to the Pub, well you would, wouldn’t you. After a few pints and a good nights sleep I woke to a very swollen left shin. Eventually I was persuaded to get it checked out, ending up in Honiton hospital, where I was seen quickly and the Doctor diagnosed Shin Splints straight away, the only cure rest and anti-inflammatory pills. It made more sense to jump on a train back to Pompey than sit in a B&B for 3 nights, keeping an eye on my money is crucial.
Back to Exeter and last week, them being a Fan owned club was of great interest to me being involved in the Pompey Trust so when I met Roger and Jay from the Trust I was full of questions about their experience. I could have spent hours there but sadly after about 90 mins of chat and a tour of the club they had to leave. I thank the Exeter Trust for their excellent hospitality.
So after my enforced lay up, I headed straight to Yeovil Town on Tuesday. Unfortunately and also out of character I was a couple of hours late, I missed my connection at Salisbury and also decided when I arrived in Yeovil to secure digs before I headed to the club so I missed the Media chap who had gone with the Yeovil players to a Go-Carting afternoon. Being a football player is a charmed life, even at League One level it seems!
I returned this morning and met Adrian who showed me around Yeovil Town and I hope to return next Tuesday because Pompey will be playing there and Yeovil have said they could do some promotion during the game to raise money. Fingers crossed I can make it.
I write this latest entry on the way to Swindon, I walked 12 miles and have had no reaction from the shin splints so I am keeping my fingers crossed the next few days walking will be the same, it is made much easier by the flatter land in Somerset compared to the tortuous hills of the previous 150 miles.
After Swindon its onto Bristol and South Wales and that will be Leg 1 done, 450 miles and 12 clubs. It has been an amazing experience so far I am determined for it to continue and raise more money for Prostate Cancer UK. If you see me at Yeovil, please say hello.