Michael Bates is walking 625 miles (1000km) around the UK to raise money for victims of terrorist attacks in the UK and their families

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Day 1: The Heart of the Matter

Posted on July 22, 2017

  “Darkness cannot drive out darkness: only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate: only love can do that.” ― Martin Luther King Jr., A Testament of Hope: The Essential Writings and Speeches Day 1: 11.3 miles walked. £200 raised for UK Solidarity Fund It was an early start–the alarm went at 6AM […]



Day -1: UK Solidarity Walk 2017–‘Ready Set……..’

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  “Peace cannot be kept by force; it can only be achieved by understanding.” ― Albert Einstein On long walks you don’t have control. There are too many variables. Things happen to change your plans often for the better. Three things you can control are when you start, where you start and for what cause […]



Tchau Rio & Thank you

Posted on August 12, 2016

Total distance:3025.88kms/1879.99miles Total fund:262,312.44 gbp I have written these blog posts from some amazing places over the past five months as Xuelin and I have made our way from Buenos Aires to Rio, but I have a confession–this is my favourite–home. Well to be accurate just around the corner from home in Starbucks, Villiers Street, Westminster, London. I […]



Day 119 (2 August): Up for a challenge? ‘Try’ selling Rugby in Brazil.

Posted on August 3, 2016

In Belo Horizonte we had the pleasure of staying at the same hotel as Martin Dowle, Director of the British Council in Brasil.  The British Council is a charity which works closely with the British Foreign Office to promote knowledge of the English language and British culture around the world. It was established in the […]



Day 117 (31 July): Unexpected Opportunities

Posted on August 1, 2016

Total distance:3025.88 kms/1879.99 miles Total fund:262,312.44 gbp The meeting with Thomas Bach, president of the International Olympic Committee had been a huge encouragement to both Xuelin and I. We were grateful just for the opportunity but later in the day I received an unexpected SMS message saying that one of the slots for the torch relay, No […]



Day 116 (30 July): Cristo Redentor–Nunc Dimittis

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Total distance:3025.88 kms/1879.99 miles Total fund:262,312.44 gbp I paused on yesterday’s blog at the point where I set off for the top of Corcovado and the Statue of the Christ. Our route was to take us through the Tijuca Forest National Park and we were accompanied by four park ranger volunteers who all looked ridiculously fit. […]



Day 115 (29 July): Last Day of the Walk. First Day of the Truce?

Posted on July 31, 2016

Today’s Distance : 6.10 km / 3.80 miles Total Distance:3025.88 km / 1879.99 miles Today’s Donations:£ 245.00+ ¥ 1127.00 Total Donations:£ 262,312.44 Our final day was the greatest logistical challenge of the entire walk. I had completed a longer than expected stretch of the walk from the Maracanã to Parque Lage where the finishing ceremony would take place the evening […]



Day 114 (28 July): The Last Day–That Might Have Been

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Today’s Distance : 19.60km / 12.20miles Total Distance:3019.78 km / 1876.19 miles Today’s Donations:£ 100.00+ ¥ 780.00 Total Donations:£ 52,904.46+ ¥ 184,867.34 The final day and the walk in from Nova Iguaçu was something that Xuelin and I spent a lot of time considering the evening before. We had received strong recommendations to use either the BR116 or the BR101 to go into […]



Day 113 (27 July): Video Diary–Arriving into Rio

Posted on July 28, 2016

Daily distance:39.90 kms/24.80 miles Total distance:3000.18 kms/1863.99 miles Daily fund:0.00 gbp+5886.66 cny Total fund:52,804.46 gbp+183,082.34 cny https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ekkMHgSa2hg Editor: Binwei



Day 112 (26 July): Preparing for Rio

Posted on July 26, 2016

Total distance:2960.28 kms/1839.19 miles Daily fund:200.00 gbp+1400.00 cny Totral fund:52,804.46 gbp+177,195.68 cny I am to be found in the breakfast area of our hotel in Nova Iguaçu. It is the only place I get a strong enough Wi-Fi signal to open the blog. It is hot and humid. I am tired and want to go […]



Day 110 (24 July): The ‘high road’ or the ‘low road’?

Posted on July 25, 2016

Today’s Distance : 37.20 km / 23.10 miles Total Distance:2931.38 km / 1821.19 miles Today’s Donations:£ 50.00+ ¥ 30.00 Total Donations:£ 52,504.46+ ¥ 175,565.68 We had arrived into Pirai when it was dark so didn’t really get to appreciate the beauty of our surroundings until the morning. We were staying at Casa do Manequinho a small hotel right in the centre. We opened […]



Day 109 (23 July): Our own ‘Torch relay’ from Hangzhou to Brazil

Posted on July 24, 2016

Daily distance:40.30 km/25.10 mi Total distance:2894.18 km/1798.09 mi Daily fund:0.00 gbp+1,227.15 cny Total fund:52,454.46 gbp+175,535.68 cny After a rest day and another peperoni pizza at Sabor & Lenha in Barra Mansa it is time to hit the road again. It is a long stretch down to Pirai so an early start also. The road was […]