Doctor to take on Isle of Wight challenge for August bank holiday

Sian Whyte
Sian Whyte

Like many people, GP Sian Whyte will be heading to the Isle of Wight for the August bank holiday.

But a relaxing beach break is not what’s on Dr Whyte’s prescription pad.

Instead, the 41-year-old Buckingham resident will be testing her endurance to the limit when she attempts the Isle of Wight Challenge in aid of Willen Hospice.

The longest of four ultramarathon treks organised by Action Challenge, the course is 106km (65 miles) long around the Isle of Wight Coastal path.

Setting off from West Cowes at 10am on Saturday, August 23, Dr Whyte aims to finish the course about 26 hours later, on the Sunday morning.

She will be cheered on by her husband Warren, a Buckingham town and county councillor, as well as the couple’s godchildren and friends who are planning an Isle of Wight visit to coincide with the challenge.

The Isle of Wight Challenge is a virtually non-stop walk, with short breaks every 25km for hot food and medical attention.

Dr Whyte, who works at the Milton Keynes Village Practice, in Middleton, said: “I am feeling a little nervous because it is such a long way and I know people are going to be sponsoring me and I really do want to do my best for Willen.

“Willen Hospice is such an amazing place and has helped friends and many of my patients in the past.

“I have set myself a target of £1,000 but would love to smash that.”

Dr Whyte has been training locally for the past few months and completed a 51km overnight trek along the Grand Union Canal, from Watford to Bletchley, last month.

“It was quite an eye-opener, so I just hope I’ve got it in me to do 106km,” she said.

“I’ve been struggling with quite bad blisters on my longer walks, so I’m trying not to think what my poor feet will be like after 106km.”

Dr Whyte, who is a member of Buckingham WI, is launching her fundraising attempt with a coffee morning at the Old Gaol from 10am to noon on Saturday August 2, with cakes kindly donated by WI members.

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