Convention volunteer James Adams is preparing to tackle the famous Santiago de Compostela walking challenge in April to raise cash for the Derwent Project.

The gruelling 800km walk starts in Saint Jean Pied, in France, and will end in Santiago, in Spain. James expects the challenge to take more than one month, but he is delighted to be joined by fellow Convention volunteer Ray Smith for around five days of the journey.

James said: “My training is going really well. At the time of writing I am averaging 70/80 miles per week. I am walking every day so as to acclimatise my body to the constant pounding on my knees whilst carrying a Rucsac.”

Some of the places James is set to pass through on the route include: Roncesvalles, Pamplona, Estella, Logronno, Castilla Y Leon, Burgos, Leon, Astorga, Ponferrada, Arca and finally in our destination of santiago de Compostela. The highest pint of the walk will be on day 23 on the Monte Irago (which is 1,530m above sea level).

James said: “It goes without saying that I am really looking forward to the challenge. Now that everything is booked and paid for it makes it seem more real. First and foremost, it is a Pilgrimage and as such I want to commune with God and to find out what He has in store for me on the next stage of my life. Second, I hope and pray that people will respond in a positive way to raise funds for the Derwent Project.”

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