Date Posted... Feb 11th 2022




Kerstin’s Pilgrim Challenge

2 days, 66 miles, fundraising for ‘The Wave Project.’

‘I really enjoyed the camaraderie and friendliness along the way. I liked having a chat with others…and it was great to know that all the hard training had paid off.’

Congratulations to Kerstin Palmer, who successfully completed the ‘Pilgrim Challenge’ last weekend.

The course route follows a substantial section of the North Downs Way, with fantastic views from its high ridges, mixed with trail running through ancient woodlands in its lower sections.

This formidable trail running event is a 2-day event. The course is 66 miles, with its entrants completing 33 miles each day.

This year, Kerstin was one of around 160 runners taking on the challenge. She came 3rd in her age category, and she was the 61st finisher in the event. Not too bad for her first time!

As there was no mass start, Kerstin was given a rolling start time each day, and her progress during the day was tracked by a timing chip. She had to swipe it through four different checkpoints during the day.

It sounds like Saturday was a brilliant running day – all 6½ hours of it – with sunshine and fabulous views. However, Sunday was tricky – there were strong headwinds in the top sections and the woodland trails had turned slippery overnight.

Kerstin is fundraising for ‘The Wave Project,’ a local charity that supports mental well-being in young people.

As her fundraising has already passed her original target of £500, she is now aiming for £1,000.

If you would like to donate to her charity, please use the following link: