44th Across Wales Walk
1 September 2007
An overcast and occasionally rainy day but generally fine for walking. .
This page provides reports and timing information for the 44th Across Wales Walk.
2007 Photo Gallery:
Ready for the off! (Ian Davis)
Dawn over CP1 (Richard Swift)
Approaching CP1 (Ian Davis)
Peak times at CP2 (Richard Swift)
Andy Field, James Kingham and Chris Cox at CP2
L - R First home Mark Lewis and joint second Martin McGreary and John Turner
Peter Stevenson and Stuart Lamb at the
(Peter's hard hat is in response to SL's explicit warnings regarding dangers along the route!)
It's not easy being a Checker! John Bastable at CP4 (Richard Swift)
To view a table of entrants and times in Excel format Left click here. To Save the file, right click here and follow the instructions.
After a night at Clun, the 107 entrants gathered at Anchor for the 0500 start of this year’s Across Wales Walk. A clear night gave way to a generally overcast day with light rain and drizzle. However, unlike last year when the event was suspended at CP3 due to high winds and heavy rain, conditions were generally favourable for walking. Nevertheless, mist on Plynlimon played its usual tricks, confounding some of the entrants and resulting in a relatively high retirement rate at CP4. Ultimately 88 entrants completed the course.
First home once again was Mark Lewis, this year in a staggering 8 hours. This ranks as one of the fastest completions of all time and is particularly noteworthy as Mark adhered to the “post 1996” cross-country route throughout rather than resorting to roads. Joint second home were Martin McGreary and John Turner some 55 minutes behind Mark.
Wyn George, David Hooper Tony Grimes and Mick Clayton attempted double crossings whilst Paul Courtney and John Newman attempted ‘consecutive’ double crossings interspersed with a night at Clun. Most completed the task but Tony and Mick retired at CP4 on their return leg. Mick Clayton deserves special mention as he timed-out at CP4 as a result of assisting a group of first time entrants who became lost on Plynlimon.
This year we also celebrated the achievements of Andrew Greenow, one of our regular participants who, over the last fifteen or more years, has just once made it as far as CP4, usually retiring at CP2 or CP3. Andrew’s record and distinctive approach to the event earned him adulation at the presentation ceremony for his unique contribution to the Across Wales Walk.
On a more serious note, unfortunately this year one entrant suffered significant injury. Clare Jones tripped whilst running on the road from Llanidloes to CP3 and broke her jaw in three places. She was evacuated by ambulance to Shrewsbury hospital; however we understand that Clare is making a good recovery. We send her all our best wishes.
Thanks go to West Birmingham Hostelling Group and the welcome band of walkers-turned-checkers who once again made the event possible. Incidentally, if you are a regular walker and fancy experiencing the event from the other side of the checkpoint then please let get in touch. Thanks also go to RAYNET who provided their usual superb communications between checkpoints.
A date for your diary: the forty-fifth Across Wales Walk will take place on 6th September 2008. See www.acrosswaleswalk.co.uk for details in early May. Early application is recommended as we were full by early-June this year!
Hello Stuart & Judith, What a great party you organise and then hide it by calling it the Across Wales Walk! Another good year for walkers and the marshals for ever cheerful and prepared to offer what ever help is needed. Thanks to everyone involved for keeping this walk as one of the best to be on. Best wishes, Clive
Hi Stuart, Thanks to yourself and your team for the usual great event, it’s an event I look forward to and it always lives up to expectation. Once again Thanks, Rob Young
Stuart, Thank you for a cracking day out on Saturday and even though I failed to finish I found the whole experience extremely enjoyable. In my youth I used to be a useful 10k runner and a fun runner in city Marathons. Three years ago I prolapsed a disk in the lower back and was unable to walk for about 6 weeks and was off work for 3 months. Although I would have liked to finish my personal goal was to get over Plynlimon, I have now set my bench mark and look forward to being able to have an attempt again next year when I intend to finish. Many thanks again, Elwyn Price
Hi Stuart, Just wanted to say thanks and congratulate you on another fantastic Across Wales Walk. After my first Across Wales last year I am now glad to say that I have Walked Across Wales and not had to catch a bus around a mountain.
Once again it was good to see some familiar faces and some new ones as well. With excellent weather and a great atmosphere it was a great day, although sitting here with sore feet colleagues are asking WHY. Well done Stuart fantastic event great organization second to none. Looking forward to the next one. Best Wishes, Pete Goodman
Stuart - sorry I had to rush off Sunday morning - had another walk to do and my lift was getting impatient. Many thanks for another brilliant event - having organised the 100 I know that it is much harder to organise than to walk - how you manage to do it every year I don't know but it is much appreciated. Janet Pitt Lewis
Stuart, thanks to you and your family and team for a wonderful event that was superbly organised. It was my fourth but my daughters first walk across Wales and she kept commenting on the organisation and the friendliness of the event and the walkers. Peter hit the nail on the head with his remarks about the "family" at the presentations. Once again thank you to you all. Graham Bayes
Stuart, Just a quick email to say thank you for such a superbly organised walk on Saturday. I felt that the whole organisation was flawless and everyone was so incredibly helpful and cheerful - a welcome experience at the checkpoints! Many thanks indeed and I hope to complete the walk again at some point in the future. Best wishes, Benedict.
Dear Stuart, Once again, many thanks for another great weekend. I’ve attached a few photos for the website. Could you send me a couple of stats on the day, number of entrants, completers etc. which I should have listened for at the presentation. I put an article in the local paper last year which raised a little awareness around here. Thanks again, Mark Lewis
Stuart, Many thanks to you, Judith, the rest of the family and team for (another) successful Cross Wales. No point in pouring on the superlatives - a great event, good company and superb organisation. Sincere thanks. Ian Davis
Thanks to you all for your appreciative comments, Stuart.
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