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Kieron Doyle Gains Pounds But Loses Weight

Kieron Doyle

Kieron has recently completed an impressive 180km trek through the Corsican mountains to raise money in memory of Hannah

The money raised was donated to the Meningitis Research Foundation.
Here is Kieron's account of his "exquisite torture"

"I just wanted to say a big thank you to all those who sponsored me on my trek on the GR20 - the long distance footpath through the Corsican mountains. I can tell you that I did finish it in 11 days and I left about a stone in weight (7 kilos) in blood, sweat and tears dispersed along the trail. 

The route itself runs about 180km going from sea level to just over 7,200 ft at its highest point and most of the time runs between 4,500 and 5,500 feet. It's a remarkable trail in that it starts and ends in small villages and in between it only passes through one other small town.

Along the way there are low grade hostels (refuges) where you can camp and they have very basic facilities - a loo, a shower (nearly always straight from a mountain stream and freezing). 

 

The trail is broken into 15 stages each averaging around 7 to 8 hours per day. We, (myself and my mate, Kevin), were time constrained to a maximum of 12 days, so that meant doubling up some of the stages. Our longest day was a mammoth 14 hours - my feet have yet to forgive me for that - after which we barely enough energy to pitch the tent. Most days we were up at 4.30am for a 5.00am start at first light. The temperature rose quickly and by 9.30 am most days it was getting towards 30C, so it was important to get as much walking done as possible in the cooler hours. 

On the north side of the island, the trail is very physical - officially classified as either steep or very steep though unofficially we had our own terms for them. Above the tree line, its all jagged rock and snow and has a savage beauty all of its own, as enormous gorges are revealed as you move from one range to the next. On the southern side the landscape is very different, taking in ridge walks and pine and beech forest and open heathland - not dissimilar to the
lake district. 

I have to say that I really enjoyed it and would recommend it to anybody looking for something a bit different to do on their hols. Also, I can confirm that it is possible to consume 4,000 calories a day and lose weight".

Thanks again.

You can view photos of the trek here >>