Virteffic ‘walkers’ complete the Island Walk

Another walking challenge completed by the Virteffic walkers… 

Saturday, 17 June 2023, saw four members of the Virteffic team take on the TMF Island Walk as a relay team. 

The 48 miles of the Island Walk was split into four legs; 

  • Leg 1 – Elizabeth Harbour to St Catherines, 10.9 miles;
  • Leg 2 – St Catherines to  Les Fontaines, 10.9 miles;
  • Leg 3 – Les Fontaines to Le Braye, 13 miles; and
  • Leg 4 – Les Fontaines to the finish at the waterfront, 13.3 miles.

Alarm set for 2 am, after a few hours of sleep, I eagerly set off to Elizabeth Harbour in time for the 3 am start. I underestimated how much sleep I would need! The atmosphere at the start was electric! Surrounded by hundreds of keen walkers ready for the off, we set off at 3 am, heading out east of the island, chasing the sunrise. What a beautiful sunrise it was. Reaching St Catherines in three hours and 20 minutes, I was ready for a cuppa and a bacon roll! 

Handing over to Cath, who kindly ‘stepped’ in following an injury of one of our regular walkers. I saw Cath off and headed home for a nap!  

By the time I had woken from my nap, I had learned that Cath had merrily marched through the 10.9 miles from St Catherines to Les Fontaines and had handed over to Emma for leg 3!  

It was 10.50 am and the sun was becoming stronger and warmer. Emma, AKA the ‘selfie queen’ kept us updated with many selfies through possibly the most challenging leg of the walk (would you agree ladies?) due to the rugged cliff paths, steps and hills.  With Emma having the longest legs, she smashed leg 3, meeting Tess and me at Le Braye with a smile. 

Off went a very excited Tess from Le Braye for the final leg to the finish line. Tess was refreshed and well-fuelled having just returned from her holiday in Sweden. Crossing the finish line at 7.10 pm, Tess had finished and the Virteffic walkers had completed the Island Walk relay in 15 hours and 56 minutes. What do you say, ladies, a time to beat for next year?!?! 

A big thank you to all the supporters along the way, the checkpoints, aid stations and baggage drops. The aid stations were extremely well stocked with drinks and snacks to keep us going, and thank you again!  

I am very proud of our Virteffic walkers.  I think they will agree, and judging by the beaming smiles that each of them had during the walk, walking is a good and easy way to get that feel-good factor. Coupled with living on beautiful Jersey, a dose of nature certainly is a mood booster. The Virteffic wellbeing theme of the month has been walking, and we encourage everyone to get out for a walk, In just twenty minutes, you will most definitely feel the benefits.  

Sports, Social & Wellbeing (SSW) Committee

At Virteffic, the wellbeing of our staff is a top priority. Virteffic was set up to offer team members more flexible working hours and a better life-work balance.

Since we started to recruit and Virteffic grew into a team of more than just Tess, the focus has always been to look after and appreciate the team members. Our sports, social and well-being committee was set up early to help with this.

Working flexibly allows our team members to make time for their wellbeing and mindfulness on their schedule, and we have a monthly wellbeing topic focus to make sure we always keep it forefront in our minds.

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