FEELING GREAT: Be prepared for moonlight walk

So this year’s Moonlight walk is just a few days away.

And it seems this event is growing bigger in its participation and coverage year upon year as hundreds of people look to support one of the often un-sung gems of health care, the hospice.

I guess it’s only when you need to pay a visit and spend time thinking about what it would be like if you were ever not lucky enough to be able to walk out of there on your own, are you able to appreciate what a vital asset it is to our town and why any and every bit of funding that it gets is vital.

I think many people aren’t aware that such a place isn’t a sure fire thing.

It isn’t always at the forefront of Government funding in the same way that say, the hospital or other health care services might be and why it relies heavily on the efforts of the hundred of people set to show up this weekend.

And if you are set to take part in the five-and-a-half mile event along the sea front this Saturday, there are a few things worth knowing and sharing with your walking partners to make it an even more enjoyable event.

Footwear is vital. Do not make the mistake of walking in sandals or even the trendy plimsole.

Cushion-less shoes that you might think look sporty are really a shin or Achilles problem in disguise.

You need cushioned trainers, something with a nice soft insole to absorb the shock when you walk so that it doesn’t make it to your hip or knees.

Blisters. If you’ve some how managed to avoid being active this summer, and it’s the first time in ages that you’re going to be out walking, blisters could be a problem, particularly if you’re thinking about buying a brand new set of walking shoes.

Wear trainers that are already worn in and treat yourself to a nice luxury soft pair of socks. That will make a difference.

If you know blisters are a problem, I’d recommend you look for a product called Compeeds or second skin.

It will almost instantly remove the pain or stop it happening altogether.

Keep yourself hydrated. If you’re wrapping up warm to protect your self from the late night sea breeze, don’t underestimate how dehydrated you will become.

You might not sweat, but if you’re wearing loads of small layers, then you will dehydrate yourself faster than you might be aware.

And when you’re done? Well, my medical head would normally tell you that after any physical activity, ice is the best option to reduce any unwanted next day aches and pains.

But I think I’ll be realistic, as any attempts to encourage you to do this might fall on deaf ears given the time you are likely to be finishing.

This time, maybe save the post walk ice for a nice glass of whiskey or G ’n’ T when you get back home.

Good luck.