As we come up to a year since our 24-hour mountain challenge that ten of us completed for Cardiac Risk in the Young (CRY), this is one of the first times I have had the opportunity to think back to it. It doesn’t feel like a year ago we completed our last training session, absolutely drenched through, after completing Snowden in stormy, freezing conditions. Following that final training session, I knew we were all very apprehensive about what we had agreed to, but on we went and completed the challenge, doing it with great pride.
I knew the challenge would be emotional, owing to what James meant to myself and the group, which I will get on to shortly. However, I didn’t know how proud and emotional I would feel as we stood at the bottom of Sugar Loaf, our fourth and final mountain on the edge of the Brecon Beacons. We were accompanied by football club members, along with many of James’ friends and family. The ten who completed the challenge were obviously spent, but you could see the immense pride we all felt in completing this challenge for James.
It is over 2 years now since James’ sudden passing. It still doesn’t feel completely real and whenever I think of it, it fills me with sadness. However, despite this, I and all that were close to James remember the good times and what a great person he was. His unique laugh, kindness, honesty and loyalty just some of the qualities you could attach to James, qualities that I know he will always be remembered for.
I am very glad we will be arranging another walk in memory of James at the end of this month (details of this to follow). Another great occasion to remember a very well missed guy. I am sure the walk will be very popular, largely owing to how popular James himself was. I also know the walk will bring up familiar emotions from a year previously, as we reminisce the amazing memories we have of James.
Keep an eye out this week for details of the walk which we will be publishing very shortly!