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  • Writer's pictureEliza Bartlett

Day 125: Birmingham Distance: 3300km

Updated: Aug 6, 2019

After making it to Chelmsford last week to watch the Aussie Girls win the ashes in one of the most dominant T20 matches I’ve seen, I have now made it to Birmingham ahead of the 1st Men’s Ashes Test!!

It wasn’t an easy journey with the days prior to arriving being very very wet and cold, as well as difficult/busy roads with minimal footpaths. With plenty of motivation to get here, it helped me push my way through the conditions and I made it!

It was a late scramble for tickets, but with the help of friend Adam Collins day 1, I was able to get a great seat and arrive before ball 1! (If you love cricket, jump on board his podcast - The Final Word. It has certainly kept me entertained through many, many hours of walking)

Day 2 will be one to remember, after running into the amazing Cate Ryan at the ground on day 1, she managed to find a hospitality ticket for me (thanks to the umps)!

It has also been great to have some friends and familiar faces over here watching the cricket, giving me a chance to enjoy myself, have a few drinks and relax a bit!

I will be catching up with JDRF here in Birmingham before I leave. I have loved chatting with and meeting many members of the JDRF UK Team and thank them for all their ongoing support over here!

As much as I have loved this break, I will have to head off walking again after the cricket finishes. Unfortunately the forecast looks like there will be a lot more rain over the next week! I’ve realised I think I will definitely walk well over 4000km, with just under 1000km to go and 3300km already travelled.

My next step is to travel up to Leeds, where there is more cricket (third test), via some of the Peak District and a few big hikes! Bring on the challenges, cricket and the amazing memories and people I will meet along the way!

Fundraising tally: $45,506.61 😊💕

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