46th Across Wales Walk

5 September 2009

The Across Wales Walk

46th Across Wales Walk in summary:

Moonlit start, clouding over with blustery westerly wind but cleared later in the day to give some views from Plynlimon. Quite wet underfoot.

  • 109 starters, 97 finishers.
  • 3 successful double crossings by Tony Walton, David Hooper and Noel Gould
  • Fastest time 8 hours 36 minutes by Mark Lewis.

This page provides reports and timing information for the 46th Across Wales Walk.

  1. Photographs of this year's event
  2. Entrants and completion times
  3. The 46th Across Wales Walk: an Organiser's perspective
  4. The 46th Across Wales Walk: entrants' feedback
  5. The 46th Across Wales Walk: Rachel and Richard Dearden's Blog

2009 Photo Gallery:

S4C's Lowri Morgan being filmed at the Start (Ian Davis)

Early Morning Skyline (Ian Davis)

Cwmbyr, between CP1 and 2 (Ian Davis)

Richard Rosser and Julian Beck check in Bill Lancashire and Ian Davis at CP2

Rob Young and Nick Hall leave CP2. Great to see Nick back after serious illness

Traverse of Nant Gwestyn (Ian Davis)

Plynlimon Massif (Ian Davis)

Leader Mark Lewis arrives at CP4 (Richard Swift)

Chris Pritchett at CP4 (Richard Swift)

Checkers and RAYNET at CP4 (Richard Swift)

CP4  (Richard Swift)

More filming of Lowri Morgan for S4C and Mike Pinner at CP4.

Descending to Lawr-y-Cwm-Bach (Ian Davis)

Judith Lamb at CP5

Mark Lewis at CP5

Luxurious Checkpoint at CP5

First home Mark Lewis passes Llangorwen (Mark Lewis)

Second Home Paul Courtney and Chris Pritchett (Mark Lewis)

All assembled for the Presentation Ceremony

Stuart Lamb describes the preceding day's event

Doubler Tony Walton receives his certificate from Sarah Lamb

Doubler David Hooper (68) receives his certificate from Sarah Lamb

Doubler Noel Gould (74!) receives his certificate from Sarah Lamb

Lowri Morgan describes her AWW and forthcoming Jungle Marathon

Stuart Lamb presents Lowri with an AWW badge for her rucksack.

"When you reach your lowest ebb in the Jungle, when you can't go on, when you've got leeches up your trouser legs - in AWW terms when you have a 'Bow Street' moment (*) - look at this badge and feel the support of all of us here today...."

Clive Lungmuss wraps things up in his own inimitable way

 * With apologies to the people of Bow Street, this village is but two miles from the finish, but it is renowned in the Across Wales Walk for potentially being the low point of the walk, particularly of a double crossing. The first female double crosser, Susan Denham-Smith described Bow Street as the point where time stands still and from where distances double.

46th ACROSS WALES WALK: entrants and completion times

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46th ACROSS WALES WALK: an Organiser's view by Stuart Lamb

After a night at Clun, 109 entrants gathered at Anchor for the 05:00 start of this year’s Across Wales Walk. For once all assembled were bathed in glorious moonlight which offered the prospect of better weather after a run of poor years. However by 07:30 a thick blanket of cloud loomed from the west and conditions deteriorated to the usual AWW ‘mixed bag’ of weather with the one ever-present feature being the gusty wind in the walkers’ faces. Underfoot the ground was predictably wet after yet another “non-BBQ summer” but it was still judged to be an improvement over 2008: could it ever be that bad again? Later in the day the cloud gradually broke and some entrants crossing Plynlimon were treated to a view from the summit: the first time in five years! Nevertheless, Plynlimon still threw-up the usual challenges of navigation and tussocky, unforgiving terrain which resulted in a relatively high retirement rate at CP4.

 Ultimately 97 entrants completed the event. First home once again was Mark Lewis, this year in a blistering 8 hours 36 minutes. Joint second home were Chris Pritchett and Paul Courtney some 30 minutes behind Mark. David Hooper, Noel Gould, Aaron Scrivener, and Tony & Angela Walton attempted continuous double crossings. Unfortunately Aaron and Angela retired on outward and return legs respectively, but the remaining three battled-on to completion. David and Noel need special mention being last men home at 10:35pm particularly as they represent our more senior entrants aged 68 and 74 respectively!

 On the following Sunday entrants enjoyed the presentation ceremony at Aberystwyth University before returning to Clun. Overall it was another successful event and thanks go to West Birmingham Hostelling Group and the welcome band of walkers-turned-checkers who once again made the event possible. Thanks also go to RAYNET who provided their usual superb communications between checkpoints.

 A date for your diary: the forty-seventh Across Wales Walk will take place on 4 September 2010. See www.acrosswaleswalk.co.uk for details in early May. Early application is recommended as the event is normally full within the month.

Stuart Lamb

46th ACROSS WALES WALK: Feedback from those who took part

Just a quick email to thank you and your helpers for making the whole event so enjoyable. As a first timer I wasn't sure what to expect, but everything seemed to go like clockwork which made for a great day. Would love to say I enjoyed it all, but trudging up Plynlimon those were definitely not my thoughts - not helped by the rain and wind on the top so I couldn't see a thing when I finally made it. Trouble is now I might have to return just to see the view! Thanks again for all your efforts. Gavin Rennie

Thanks for the superb weekend, as usual the same excellent organisation and friendly banter, it really is one to look forward to each year, I don’t think there is an event that can better it. It was great to have Nick Hall back again. I think he thought he would never be able to do it again and he was elated with the way he coped. We even had a bit of decent weather. Thanks again,  Rob Young

 I just wanted to thank you and everyone involved for making the week-end so enjoyable. I always feel it is a privilege to participate in the Across Wales Walk and it is by far the highlight of my walking calendar. This year was special in that, for the first time in six years, I was rewarded with a clear view from the summit of Plynlimon. I had never realised that you can see the dam at Nant-y-moch and CP4 from there! It also makes the initial descent so much easier when you can see the desired path below I look forward to see you again next year, (or maybe sooner at the Cotswold Challenge again?); maybe my ambition of a double crossing may become a reality. Thanks once again, Rob Richardson

Thank you Stuart for a great week end it was hard but good hope to get a team of nurses for next year thank you for a unforgettable week end  Val Ward

Thanks, as ever, to you, Judith and the team for another superb AWW. Thanks again, Ian Davis

Stuart and Everyone who helped organise The 46th Across Wales Walk, Just a quick email to thank everyone involved in the 46th Across Wales Walk, it was fantastic, at last I have found a walk in the UK to rival my alpine adventures ! It had beautiful scenery, challenging terrain and a few unexpected false summits. FANTASTIC. Kind Regards, Vicki Burkitt

Stuart, Thank you for the warm welcome I received over the weekend and for your support and encouragement in enabling me to complete the AWW. It certainly provided me with my last training opportunity before leaving for the Amazon Jungle and was a fantastic experience. Best regards, Lowri

Stuart, Many thanks for such a well-organised event. Steve

Dear Stuart, Thank you and your team for another fantastic weekend. I agree with Lowri Morgan, I always feel humbled by the event, its participants and organisers. I forgot to say that you had done very good job of the tree at Broneirion! See you next year. Mark Lewis

Cannot express the gratitude owed to you and your helpers for an unforgettable weekend. For the three of us (Andrew Lucas and Paul Evans too) this was a new experience and we were humbled by the efforts of those around us. We regard ourselves as being fairly fit, clean living, non-smoking blokes but how the h*^! do you double, run or get under our target of 15 hours, to say nothing of 69 yr old women finishing right behind...  THANK YOU once again.  Barry.

 Stuart, Thanks again. That was my first "AWW".  I thought the "conference" type event on Sunday was surprisingly good (!).  Steve

 Hi Stuart, Thanks for organising yet another brilliant weekend. I am sorry we kept you waiting around at the finish.  David Hooper

Thanks to you all for your appreciative comments, Stuart.

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