Some people live in villages, towns and cities where interesting, exciting events are a regular occurrence, but sadly our local village rarely sees anything of note apart from excessive amounts of new houses being built and massive build ups of traffic. For two weekends in July we were privileged to be a ‘go through’ on two major sporting events at completely opposite ends of the sporting scale.
This was followed 2 weeks later by a ‘serious’ sporting event – the Ironman – a very extreme version of a triathlon involving a 2.4mile swim, 112 mile cycle ride and a 26.2 mile marathon. Standish was part of the cycle loop which saw each competitor complete the loop twice. An amazing achievement.
So on Saturday 1st July, we took a family, plus dog, trip out to Liverpool to take part in the first Royal British Legion Liverpool 10k Poppy Walk, as the Married with Grown Ups team, and walked to remember the short life of Uncle Percy.
Walkers set off at their own time and their own pace to journey round the city. Despite being familiar with the city due to the family connections we visited several places we had not even realised existed. The walk included the Cavern, St George’s Hall and cenotaph, both cathedrals, Liverpool One and Albert Dock and the waterfront.
For Navi, the almost 2 year old German Shepherd it was her first visit to a big city and there was a lot going on! She was very unsure of the Lamb bananas and took fright at a memorial to Liverpool’s VC winners which must have seemed very big and very scary! She encountered lot of crowds, a very big queue waiting to meet Brooklyn Beckham, marching bands, scary statues and very friendly people! She happily sniffed her way round the city stopping to kiss several people and even had her photo taken by The Royal British Legion photographer.
At the end of the 10k walk we returned to the Town Hall and were presented with some lovely poppy medals by veterans – presumably from the Falklands war. Refreshments and entertainment were available but we were unable to take part as Navi wasn’t allowed inside!
We enjoyed the walk very much – it was a very interesting and entertaining way to raise money for a very worthy cause supporting the armed forces and their families. We felt it was a very apt way to commemorate Percy and the sacrifice he gave for our country.
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