(56 miles in the glorious Peak District!)
|In bright sunshine Anne Allen, a fundraiser for Christie Hospital,
sent 218 walkers and runners on their way out of Devonshire Park. The
afternoon was, if anything, a little too hot as they followed the route
through checkpoints at Bow Stones, Chinley Churn, Edale Cross, Edale,
Castleton, Peak Forest, Millers Dale, Chelmorton, Earl Sterndale, Brand
Top, Cumberland Cottage, Walker Barn and Whitely Green before returning to
This was the fifth year on the new route and although more people are now familiar with it, it doesn't get any easier. This year 80 entrants had to retire at various stages. Three were determined to reach Hazel Grove even though it was after twelve o'clock and the later checkpoints closed. Although the event had officially ended they will get certificates for their efforts, which will enable them to achieve their sponsorship targets.
|For the second year running Tony Okell, all the way from the
Isle of Man, was first home, also for the second time Davina Harrison from
Ashbourne was the first lady and she took 3 minutes off her own record.
The fastest scout was Andrew Sidgwick who took 101 minutes off the
previous record. |
Entries were up this year mainly due to a number of sponsored walkers. One group were walking on behalf of the Booth Centre, a registered charity providing help for the homeless. Kev the organiser told us the experience had been a huge success and they had raised over £200 for Pendlebury Hall Childrens Hospital.
A group led by Anne Allen were walking under the banner "LiVling for Christie" (LVI, 56, geddit?). Anne and her husband wanted to thank the Christie Hospital who are treating their daughter Ann Marie who is suffering from leukaemia. Thirty-two started out and although many found the route a bit too tough, eleven did finish successfully, including Catherine Wells of Poynton who, although over the 24 hours, was determined to finish. In total, an amazing £10,000 in sponsorship was collected for the Hospital.
We also know of at least two other groups walking on behalf of Cancer Research. Please forgive us if we haven't mentioned your charity but well done everyone!
It was very pleasing that several people thanked us for organising such a successful event, however behind the scenes we had the usual little mishaps and panics, such as not being able to find the security code to let us into the Edale checkpoint and then finding we didn't need it anyway, running out of water at Chinley drinks point, forgetting to order the milk and not getting the jam to Earl Sterndale until most people had gone through -never mind it all worked out in the end!
Next year is our 30th and will therefore be a special occasion, it will also be the last in charge for the organising team who will take the opportunity to hand over the reins.
John Corfield, John Feist and Peter Wood - Hike Organisers.