Saturday 4th August, I completed a 26mile hike at the Wye Valley in aid of Macmillan cancer research. I completed the hike in just under 12 hours, there are a surprising number of hills in the Wye Valley and the course planners ensured they used as many as possible, including one steep hill just at the very end.
Many thanks to everyone that sponsored me, I have managed to raise £508.
Mrs G did not complete the hike with me, she got the glory of crossing the line with me and having her photo taken, approximately 26 steps!
I began the hike by myself, however within a few minutes I had made friends with Danielle, Kate and Mandi (who lives in Worcester too!). Here we are crossing the finish line together.
FLAG is a local charity promoting flood awareness and action in Severnstoke, Worcester - it seemed a little ironic to be raising money for flood awareness given the current weather we are experiencing, however Severnstoke is prone to flooding and on a summers evening I enjoy riding my pony to the local pub the Rose and Crown.
At the evening I was offering free spine checks - these are also available in clinic check out the free spine check page on my website, there is a button below to help you find it.
Norman (the skeleton) was also in attendance his job for the evening was to hand out business cards. It was a fabulous evening with make up advice, spray tans, gel nails and a lady selling tie dye bags - after taking off hall hire costs £75 was raised for the charity.
What a beautiful day to be outside at three counties showground, Malvern. My 11 year old nephew came along to help out for the day (and eat ice creams!). Costello Animal Backs had a trade stand placed next to the show secretary in perfect view of the main ring and all the dogs competing within the various breed sections. As a bonus a Hungarian Visla I have treated in the past was competing and she won her class and her breed section - congratulations to her and all the other dogs taking part.
Costello chiropractic clinic were lucky enough to be invited along to host a stand at deaf directs wellness event being held at Worcester guild hall. It was a fantastic day, meeting lots of new people and telling everyone about the benefits of chiropractic whilst they entered our competition to win an intial consultation and treatment session.
The Mayor of Worcester also popped in for a visit to learn about Chiropractic, he was very interested in finding out the difference between chiropractic and physiotherapy having suffered with a bad back himself.
My mini skeleton was in charge of the guess how many bones are in the foot competition
The guide from the guild hall took me on a tour, to see the old cells, the courtroom and the balcony the elections are announced from.
Norman and the mini skeleton were pros today, helping everyone visualise just how complex and perfectly designed the human body is. Here they are ready to go home.
Meet Wolfie, superstar eventing horse. He competes at 3* eventing, he loves cross country and hates dressage, however can perform a nice test when required. Wolfie belongs to Georgie Ormandy, one of the riders sponsored by Costello Animal Backs.
Earlier this year Wolfie came in from the field a little lame, his X-rays were clear and he went on box rest, however he still wasn't sound so another set of X-rays were performed this time they showed up a slab fracture in his hock.
A slab fracture is as the name suggests, whereby the break in the weight bearing bone splits vertically resembling a slab. These fractures occur in the carpal bones (knee) or the tarsal bones (hock). These slabs can be reattached or removed with surgery, or if they are small and not too displaced left to heal by themselves.
Unfortunately this means the end of Wolfies high flying eventing career. Since he was diagnosed with his injury Wolfie has been receiving regular treatment sessions to ensure the rest of his body stays as well aligned as possible. The soreness in the hock lead to him placing additional weight on the other hind limb and the diagonally opposite front limb, this compensation over time was going to lead to additional soreness in the other limbs and through his back as they took the extra strain. The treatment sessions aimed to reduce the soreness and tension caused through compensation and give him the best chance possible of healing well and coming back to a ridden career once healed.
Meet Katherine & Nora
Katherine and Nora have established a fantastic trusting partnership together, they are regularly out and about competing in showjumping, working hunter and are about to make their debut in the dressage world. Nora has never had a specific problem, weakness or soreness, instead Katherine has her back treated every few months, usually when Nora 'doesn't quite feel right'. This program has suited Nora and ensures she remains comfortable whilst being ridden and can perform with ease everything that is asked of her.