In a bid to raise awareness and funds for The Cure Parkinson’s Trust (CPT), 17 year old Clara Reid (pictured above) recently took on the famous Hadrian’s Wall walk. Here Clara shares her fantastic fundraising story:

“Hello I’m Clara; I’m 17 and I've just finished my Scottish Higher exams. On 30th May I set off from the Segedunum Roman Fort in Newcastle to walk the 84 miles to Bowness-on-Solway along the Hadrian's Wall Path. A little over 5 days later I arrived, still smiling but with a lot of blisters! The weather was kind - mainly overcast with the threat of rain never far away. We had a couple of showers but equally avoided sunburn.  

The terrain was varied and interesting and it was fascinating meeting other walkers along the way; some doing the whole wall, others out for a dog walk. The highlights for me would have to be Sycamore Gap and the sign post at Port Carlisle that we could personalise with our own wording: ‘Cure Parkinson’s’ and ‘Fife 157 miles’.

I felt a huge sense of achievement each day in exceeding our target distance so we had less than 8 miles to walk on the 6th morning, finishing at 11am. I had no fundraising expectations so I'm delighted to raise over £2,000 for CPT. The support and encouragement from CPT, family and friends was much appreciated and helped me hugely.

I loved every minute and would like to thank Luci and Eleanor (pictured above) for walking different stages with me. Thanks also to the McGowan and North Lewis families for accommodating and feeding us. I'd do it all again in a heartbeat!"

A massive congratulations to Clara for competing this brilliant walking challenge, thank you so much for your support and incredible fundraising efforts.

To read more of Clara’s story or to support her fundraising please visit her fundraising page.

If you feel inspired by Clara’s story take a look at the fantastic trekking challenges we have on offer or contact Julia to discuss ideas.