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Caroline’s 630 mile South West Coast Path Challenge

Caroline Rutley-Frayne from Tiverton discovered her love for walking only after she lost her leg in a life changing motor-bike accident in 2008. Now almost 10 years on, she’s signed up to the Challenge this October pledging 7.5 miles that will mark the completion of her incredible 630-mile journey walking the South West Coast Path.

“When you can’t walk, it’s all you want to do,” says Caroline. It was difficult to adjust to having a prosthetic, but Caroline was determined to not let it stand in her way. In 2015 she travelled to Australia for osseointegration surgery that involves inserting an implant (accepted by the body as part of the bone) that allows artificial limbs to be permanently attached much like a joint and fitting. Her doctor promised that within in the year she’d be able to walk 10k in one go. “When he said that, I didn’t believe I would ever be able to do that,” said Caroline.

After joining a 10k charity canal walk and completing it in just 2 hours, Caroline had hope that she’d be able to challenge herself with something much bigger. It was around this time that a friend spoke to her of his grand plans to complete the entire 630 miles of the South West Coast Path and after a few walks together on the section between Exmouth and Budleigh Salterton, Caroline was hooked and set herself the challenge of walking the whole Path.

Starting in January of this year, Caroline called on friends and family to join her on Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays to complete on average 30 miles each week to reach her goal of completing the Path in October.  “The website was great for planning my challenge,” said Caroline. “I used the site to work out which parts were the easiest sections and completed these at the beginning, building up to the more difficult sections.” Caroline will be completing her Challenge on 28th October walking from Swanage to South Haven Point.

If you love the Coast Path and have been inspired by Caroline’s story please join the South West Coast Path Challenge and help us beat last year’s record of the number of times the 630 miles route is walked collectively. Registration costs just £10.00 and you can join one of our organised events or set your own distance Challenge just like Caroline. Click the link below to get involved. southwestcoastpath.org.uk/challenge


Published on: Sept. 8, 2017