Harris Academy Greenwich 2017

Nana Mills-Robertson, Florentina Osuji, Karen Ofori-Boateng

Walking Hadrian's Wall

“Whenever anyone asks me how the Mark Evison challenge was the only words which come to my mind are ‘It was an experience.’ I don’t regret going on the experience but I won’t say I’m going to do it anytime soon unless a spa treatment is included after. On a serious note I think the challenge is very valuable to young people since I think a key thing it teaches you is independence. I look back on it and I can’t believe we were given the opportunity the three of us to travel out of London for five days and walk 70 something miles WITH NO ADULT SUPERVISION. We really are a testimony. And I encourage many more youth to get involved in the challenge. It pushed me not only mentally but physically- the fact we couldn’t stop walking until we reached our destination required a lot of resistance. We weren’t in London so we couldn’t just hop on the bus or take a train. This experience has made me proud and massively boosted my self-belief because if you had told me 3 years ago I would be doing a 70 something mile walk I would have laughed in your face. Physically it challenged me and the girls because although we all said we loved walking we’ve been walking on the flat streets of London and not the steep hills of Carlisle. I can never forget the first day, hitting our beds,after walking 24 miles -words cannot describe our pain. I want to thank the Mark Evison charity for allowing us to have this experience since it’s one I will carry with me through my lifetime”
-Nana Mills-Robertson

“What I enjoyed about the Hadrian’s wall challenge was working together as a group with my team and supporting each other to give our all even when we didn’t want to.What I disliked ,was the pain I was in after we had finished walking the first day it was horrible.However, what I have learnt from this experience is that I can do anything once I put my mind to it and challenge my self beyond what I believed I could actually accomplish and for that I’m grateful that I was a part of this experience”
-Florentina Osuji

“Our Hadrian’s wall challenge, was an experience I’ll never forget. Not only did I learn a whole new range of skills, such as first aid and map reading but I also got see how strong I can be physically and emotionally(as not only could I walk 6+ hours a day with 65l on my back but how resilient and strong-willed I can be when I put my mind to it). Overall, despite falling in mud and walking up steep hills, it was truly a fun and interesting experience that I am truly grateful Mark Evison allowed us to have”
-Karen Ofori-Boateng

Kind regards,
Karen Ofori-Boateng