Helen's 24 mile challenge

By Helen French

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My target 24 miles

I'm Taking it On for Pancreatic Cancer UK during November 2021

This time last year I took it for granted that walking 24 miles in a day was an easy feat, and assumed I was pretty healthy. How wrong can a woman be? 

During June/July, I developed jaundice and was subsequently diagnosed with pancreatic cancer.  Because I was otherwise generally 'healthy', I was fortunate that surgery to remove the pancreas and the cancerous tumour could take place within days of the first scan. 

The symptoms of pancreatic cancer can be very vague and unspecific (indigestion, jaundice, weight loss, stomach/back pain) so the cancer isn't picked up in the majority of cases until it is far too late to have treatment. I count myself as beyond lucky to have had the diagnosis and surgery in this really short timeframe. Sadly, this isn't the case for the majority of pancreatic cancer sufferers.

Although survival rates for most cancers have improved enormously, for pancreatic cancer, this is not the case. In the UK, more than half of people diagnosed with pancreatic cancer die within THREE months and 24 people a day die from this cancer. Unlike other types of cancer, there is no screening in place.

To raise money for Pancreatic Cancer UK, and awareness of this terrible disease, I'm going to walk 24 miles over 24 days in November, Pancreatic Cancer Awareness month. An added challenge to walking 24 miles is having type 1 diabetes, but a stash of jelly babies and insulin will see me through. The walk routes and dates will be shared via this page.

Help Pancreatic Cancer UK to make the breakthroughs that people with pancreatic cancer so desperately need. My goal is to help others get an early diagnosis, even if this helps just one other person to get an early diagnosis and treatment it will be so worthwhile. 

Thank you in advance for any donation.

My donations have funded...

33 hours with a nurse on our Support Line


30 hours of early diagnosis research

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Walking routes and dates sorted!

Ok, so here's the dates, starting points and times of the main walks if anyone wants to join me and my two woofers.  Hopefully, there won't be any changes to these dates but do check back on this page (or with me) just in case.

I haven't included the precise routes (mainly cos they're in my memory and I can't remember specific landmarks etc (which could make for some interesting off-piste walks). Rough mileage has been included but will be tracking each walk on the Fitbit which will be far more accurate than my workings out. 

Sat 6 Nov. 09.30 meet at Coombe Gibbet, Inkpen, car park for a 6 mile walk which covers part of the historic Wayfayer's Walk.

Sun. 7 Nov. 10am meet at the church in Hannington, Hampshire for a 5 mile walk around the glorious Hampshire countryside and ending up at the Vyne public house for a pee, pie and pint. 

Sun. 14 Nov. 10am Barbury Castle, Wroughton, Wiltshire. The 4 mile walk includes the Iron Age hill fort, views over the beautiful Wiltshire countryside, the ridgeway and, if the weather is right, a view of the Cotswolds.  Bring your binoculars!

Sun. 21 Nov. 10am Cliddesden village school, Hampshire.  This 2.5 mile walk will be a yomp on public footpaths.  

Sat. 27 Nov. 10am rendezvous at the church in Burghclere, Hampshire for a 4 mile walk which includes the old railway track as well as the byways and highways around the village.

Cheers and hope some might be able/willing to join in. :-). I'll also be doing some shorter, local (to me) walks to reach the target of 24 miles in 24 days.

Love love 

H xx

A huge thank you!

November's pancreatic cancer awareness month is fast approaching, as is my 24 mile challenge. :-) The donations received so far have really helped with my motivation and training walks - thank you to all the lovely people who have so generously given money to this cause so far.

The original target of £250.00 has been met so have increased it to £500.00. The money donated so far will help fun either 8 hours of early diagnosis research or 9 hours with a nurse on the PCUK support line.

Love love

H xx

Thank you to my Supporters


Vignesh Saravanan Lakshmanan

Hi Helen, Wish for you good health and see you back soon. We support for your noble cause. Thank you.


M Galkina

Good Luck with the effort! Best wishes!


Christopher Norden


Scott Hawkins

Great work Helen. Well done!



Good luck


Tara Page

Good luck Helen! From Tara



Good luck Helen!


Jadesola Adekola

Good luck Helen! xx


Ben Holland

Thinking of you, keep moving forward xxx


Jason Walker

Good luck Helen and hope to see you soon


Tom Patten

Best wishes and good luck!


Neil Mainwaring

I hope the weather is on your side. Good luck Helen!


Robert Henderson

Good luck Helen


Paul Sjoberg

Glad you are on the mend Helen. Brilliant cause. Good on ya


Louise Almond

Make sure you have plenty of pockets full of Jelly Babies, Helen! Good on ya! Lou xxx


Rachael Reid


Tina Stephens

Good luck, Helen, all the very best, Tina xxx


Pippa Morris

You got this Helen ! Good Luck sending you love 💕


Sam Allen

Good luck with ck my lovely, sending lots of hugs xx



Go H! X


Mark And Lesley Malham

Go go Helen !!!


Hannah Smith

Go Helen! If you want company on any Monday walk, I'm there!


Deb & Mark

H - you never said anything about this on Tues. Fantastic effort! With you al the way! Proud of you 😘😘



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Lindsay Wallace

Go Smash it Helen 💪 wishing all the love xx


Caroline And Mick



Good luck H x


Keith Bruce

Lots of love Keith and Steph.xxx


Sarah Gandy

Good luck Helen , flo and diesel 🐾 Much love Derek and Sarah 💐xxxx


Jill And Andy Veitch

Good Luck H. You can do it xx


Jenny Page

Good luck Helen x


Mandi Davis

Good luck with the walking I hope that the weather is good 😉


Simon Tyrrell


Tom & Jane French

Good luck Helen! Love Tom & Jane French 💕


Maz Cook

Good luck Helen!


David Stock

You’ll smash this with the dogs. Well done for going for it.


Hilary Hillier

Good luck Helen, hope all goes well


Tara Lewis


Peter, Suzie & The Girls

If anyone can do this it's you! Lots of love H xx



Good luck H! You can do it x


Holly Fedrick

Go on Helen ♥️ Xx


Jane-marie Stock



Kym Slade

Go girl xx