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FEATURE SPOTLIGHT: Charity Walk

ST: What kind of training are you putting in to guarantee you are fit enough? I&R: We have been trying to strike a balance between long-distance training and more intensive exercise routines. Concentrating on distance, we have walked to St. Andrew’s (after sleeping for two hours under a picnic table, over 50 miles from Edinburgh) and have hiked around Loch Lomond and other areas surrounding Edinburgh. Another (quite bizarre) exercise we have taken to is walking up and down the stairs of various university buildings with back-packs full of food, textbooks, pots, pans and anything else we can find that can weigh us down whilst doing push-ups, pull-ups and sit-ups in between flights of stairs. ST: Do you think you’ll need a vacation from each other after spending over three weeks together without a break?

“It’s become the norm to jet across the world for holidays when the best adventures are always the ones right in front of your doorstep.” dren. When you think about how fortunate we are to have grown up in such stable, peaceful times, it really hits you. It is a cause that everyone can feel strongly about as it is simply unnaceptable that children are involved in conflict that they can neither control nor comprehend. ST: Do you think it will be liberating to be without modern communications tech for the whole time? I&R: It’ll be amazing to get away from all the noise and clutter involved with

HIKING FROM HADRIAN’S WALL TO HOLBORN Walking from lectures to the local is usually as far as students will venture, so what drove two second years to hike all the way from Edinburgh to London?

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riendships are forged over mutual interests. Sometimes music, sometimes sport. So when Edinburgh University student Ian Parks decided to walk to the airport to catch a plane home to the US, he was joined on the four hour walk by Robin Lewis. Needless to say, a friendship was born. So when the two decided to raise money for charity, they set aside three weeks for a gruelling 450 mile hike from Edinburgh to London. They explain to Jonathan Williams what drove them to do so.

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Student Times: What made you decide to walk from Edinburgh to London? Ian and Robin: We both loved the idea of leaving home and just walking – no planes, no buses and none of the complications that come with modern day travel. It’s become the norm to jet across the world for holidays when the best adventures are always the ones right in front of your doorstep. 
 ST: How did your families react? I&R: At first they just shrugged us off but when they realised how serious we were about the walk and how important the cause is, they became incredibly supportive.

I&R: We’ve spent a lot of time together training and fundraising for the project, and so far we haven’t had any problems. Walking on two hours sleep and little food to St. Andrew’s, we were grumpy, knackered and generally rather gloomy but we kept team morale high with renditions of “Country Road” by John Denver and keeping each other’s minds off the pain. In terms of a holiday, there’ll be no let-up as we have exams less than two weeks after we finish! ST: Why did you choose War Child? I&R: After coming up with the idea of walking to London, we looked into many different charities and were immediately drawn to War Child. The charity provides numerous statistics that are mindblowing – for instance, 66% of casualties in conflict are chil-

being a student. Having some time to think to ourselves, turning our phones off and neglecting Facebook will be refreshing, to say the least. It’s a very liberating thing to only have the most basic problems (food, water and shelter) to worry about and to be able to forget about everything else. ST: Have friends agreed to rally you as you approach London? I&R: Hopefully, our friends will give us a small reception when we arrive at Big Ben, as a lot of our friends from up here live down south. To donate money towards Ian and Robin’s goal, go to www.justgiving.com/ lewisparkscharityexpedition and for more information on War Child, go to WarChild.org.uk.

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