What a fantastic event this is. A record number of participants for many years. We had Air cadets and civilian walkers plus members of HMS armed forces who were unable to get to RAF Cosford to qualify for this year’s Nijmegen.
The sun shone brightly on day one so walkers stepped out at a brisk pace. Before rest stop one Dave Ruddle had taken the wrong route on 3 occasions and by the end of the day made it 5 by missing rest stop 2 altogether. We had bacon butties, mugs of steaming hot tea / coffee along with Mars / snicker bars for sale. What more incentives do you need?
On day two the sky was overcast and the air was muggy. Walkers found the going hard; arriving at rest point one 45 minutes overdue, still there is always bacon butties on hand to lift spirits.
The highlight for me was at the end. The cadet civilian team marching in to applause from a guard of honour and they were singing and marching in step. A lovely sight to behold.
The students and cadets were a great credit and the adults were just brilliant.
A big thank you to Jeff “Grumpy bear” Elliman (chef) for providing the bacon butties, Kevin Mitchum (First aid), Dave Holyday and Angie Cracknell (support) and Lesley Chapman. Without your sterling efforts the walk would not have gone as well as it did. Thank you guys