Longest Day – Meet WWTW supporter Glen Pilkington
Earlier this month, long time WWTW supporter, Glen, took on his own Longest Day challenge in the Lake District to show his support to those who served.
1. Can you please introduce yourself and tell us a bit about your background?
My name is Glen Pilkington and I am an HR Director based in Oxfordshire and working in London. I originally come from the North West and basically grew up spending all my time in the Lake District fells.
2. What inspired you to support Walking With The Wounded and take on the Longest Day Challenge?
I first started supporting WWTW from the very first Cumbrian Challenge and have been involved every year apart from one since then.
Working in HR, I could see a clear connection between my work and what the charity aims to do regarding employment opportunities and mental health support. Speaking to the beneficiaries, it is clear how valuable the charity’s support is and this made it an easy decision for me to align my activities with the charity.
It also meant that I could combine my passion for the outdoors and the fells with my support for the charity. The Longest Day was just another extension of my support and also gave me a personal challenge too. At the end of 2020, I was hospitalised with Covid and have faced a number of health issues relating to this ever since. The Longest Day meant I could challenge myself whilst also supporting the charity.
3. Can you tell us more about your challenge? Did you have anyone joining you?
I undertook my challenge in early June and this was a solo trip to cover 40 miles of walking in the Lake District through valleys and over fells. It was an optimistic challenge and I overrated my fitness levels after Covid so the Longest Day turned into a 2-day adventure.
4. How did your training for your Longest Day Challenge?
Mainly just walking but since Covid, it has been hard regaining my fitness levels so I could have done with some more training, to be honest!
5. How can people support your challenge?
My challenge is now complete, but people can still support me via this link.