47th Across Wales Walk
4 September 2010
Relatively dry start and beautiful dawn and morning. Wetter and cloudy in early afternoon whilst most were on Plynlimon, but cleared-up towards the end of the day.
This page provides reports and timing information for the 47th Across Wales Walk.
2010 Photo Gallery:
Breakfast service at Clun Memorial Hall
Preparing to leave Clun
Nearly ready for the off
Dawn over Kerry Hill
Early hours at CP1
Towards Mochdre Brook
Descent to Llandinam
Bob Bills leads uphill from Broneirion and Llandinam
Peter Hatcher at CP2
Bob Gilks and Richard Rosser at CP2
Erica Terblanche and Sarah Lamb at CP2
Phil Stevens and Sarah Lamb at CP2
Judith Lamb prepares checkers' breakfast of bacon butties at CP2
Double crosser Bill Lancashire at CP2
Chris Pritchett checks in at CP2..
...and receives Jaffa cakes from Sarah Lamb
Uncharacteristically fine weather at checkpoint 3
Rob Young and Bob Bills on the summit of Plynlimon
Nick Hall surveys the Plynlimon massif
Bob Attwood on the Craig-y-Pistyll scree
First man home, Any Robinson, approaches checkpoint 4
Walkers approach Checkpoint 4 under moist conditions!
Approaching Checkpoint 5
Inside Checkpoint 5 at Bont Goch
Ten minutes to go before the presentation ceremony
Bob Bills presents Organiser Stuart Lamb with a Welsh Love Spoon crafted by Bob from a single piece of timber.
Alan Wright receives the Wooden Spoon on behalf of Europcar Central Reservations
Thanks to the following for allowing their photographs to be reproduced on this website:
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After a night at Clun, 115 entrants gathered at Anchor for the 05:00 start of this year’s Across Wales Walk.
After the inevitable morning dew, the sun rose to burn off the low mist in the Severn Valley revealing the delightful scenery of this infrequently-walked area of mid-Wales. Checkpoint 2 was a delight (for the marshals anyway!) with wonderfully clear visibility, warm temperatures and, a very rare occurrence: no wind. The entrants however were by now carrying the telltale signs of having crossed the 14 miles from Anchor including the muddy climb from the infamous Mochdre Brook.
Later in the day the cloud thickened and rain fell to spoil the panoramic view from the summit of Plynlimon for many. The increasing wind also chilled both checkers and entrants as it whipped off Nant-y-Moch reservoir at Checkpoint 4. However by late afternoon conditions had once again improved and many entrants were treated to delightful light conditions in the gloriously remote Leri Valley approaching Checkpoint 5. Ultimately with just four entrants retiring along the route, 111 entrants completed the event: the highest completion rate ever experienced. First home was Andy Robinson in a blistering 8 hours 30 minutes. Joint second home were Steve Hooper and Martin McGreary some 26 minutes behind Andy.
This year Ruth Burton, Aaron Scrivener, Janet Pitt-Lewis, Bill Lancashire, Chris Pritchett and Tony & Angela Walton attempted continuous double crossings. Unfortunately Aaron and Ruth retired at checkpoint 1 on their return leg, but the remaining five battled-on to completion. After forty-seven years there are very few ‘firsts’ left to be achieved on the Across Wales Walk. However this year Chris Pritchett became the first entrant to complete a double crossing in under 24 hours: a fantastic achievement!
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 3 September 2011. See www.acrosswaleswalk.co.uk for details in early May. Early application is recommended as demand for places is normally very high, the event typically being full within five days.
Once again - brilliant organisation - the path clearance was much appreciated. When do entries open next year? Janet Pitt Lewis
A big thank you for organising such a wonderful event. It was my first crossing and I thoroughly enjoyed it. It was a great weekend from start to finish. Thanks again to yourself and everyone involved in the organisation and on the day. Cheers, Guy Evans
Just a wee note to thank you and everyone involved on the Walk. Although I am knackered, very enjoyable route and good company throughout the day made it all worthwhile. Mike Lamb
Thanks for organising a fantastic Across Wales Walk event. Greatly enjoyed. As this is towards the lower end of the distances I race, I need to do the double crossing next year. John C Sreeves
Many, many thanks to you and your family for organising the event again this year. How you manage to get everything to run so smoothly year after year amazes me, but since I'm thinking of organising one myself next year I'd better start learning how. Didn't we have a good day on Saturday? The weather was absolutely perfect for running, especially for the three of us who got to the finish before the shower. I just love the scenery in Shropshire and mid Wales, and the AWW is the highlight of the running year for me personally. Apart from the last 7 miles of course. Andy Robinson
Thank you *very* much for all the work you, your family and your many helpers put into the Across Wales Walk, which we attempted for the first time this year (and completed - eventually). Having done lots of walking events of different kinds, this was one of the most satisfying and memorable walking weekends we've ever had, and we can understand why it is so popular. The hard-earned badge will find a prominent place on our rucksacks. Please pass on our special thanks to Judith for her lovely supportive smile, and to Sarah for the morale-boosting hug. We don't often repeat walks, but I expect we will back for another go at the AWW sometime. It's still our ambition to reach the coast in time to see the sun sinking into the Atlantic. Nick Marshall and Judith Griffiths
Thanks for another magnificently organised event over the weekend. I also wanted to personally thank you for getting me back to my room on Saturday when I felt faint. Apparently I should have kept moving to stop the blood draining away from my head! Eddie Miles
Thanks again for putting on a great weekend, I'll be back again (though not sure about Caroline - her blood pressure has recovered enough to notice the massive bruising on her calf and multiple blisters.......). Looking on a road map shows the scale of the achievement and I was really pleased for us to do it together - Caroline's folks live in Tregaron, she went to school in Aberystwyth and we live in Ludlow so it was a bit of a special journey. Well done and go and have a rest! Iain Prentice
Another superb event Stuart. Thanks very much, Denis Jolly
Hi Stuart really enjoyed the weekend, the walk was great and the organisation excellent. Please thank all those people including your good self who manned checkpoints made breakfast etc, it was really appreciated. I will be back next year. Mark Van Schalkwyk
Many thanks to everyone for a great week-end, could you arrange the same weather for next year? Best wishes, Rob Richardson.
Thanks for organising such a great day !! Mike Attwood.
A big thank you to you, your family and your army of helpers who again made for a very enjoyable weekend. Fantastic weather so that this time I could see for miles from the top of Plynlimon rather than the 50 yards of last year. Also very kind of you to arrange a pacer for me in the form of a Jack Russell, the only time I managed to get ahead of him was going up Plynlimon and I think that was just due to the lack of path – although having been my loyal companion all the way from Brithdir – as soon as Mark and Leo Lewis ran past me near the summit – he was off – obviously fed up with my slow pace. Thanks to the marshalls at checkpoint 4 for taking care of him and reuniting him with his owner – I was starting to wonder how I could smuggle him into the halls of residence, I don’t think I could have just left him in the middle of nowhere. Gavin Rennie
Many thanks indeed for a wonderful weekend. This was my second year as an Across Wales Walker and I achieved my goal of completing the event in under 15 hours. I would like to think that this was down to my own efforts, resilience on Plynlimon, canny map-reading, pace-making by Trevor Leigh and encouragement from Tracey, Erica and Guy among others BUT credit has to go in no small measure to yourself and your magnificent team of helpers. From arriving at Clun on Friday evening until returning there lunch-time on Sunday the overwhelming feeling is that I and all the walkers were being individually cared for and valued. A real family atmosphere prevails. Just for the record I foolishly counted the stairs at Aberystwyth from the Restaurant to our 4th floor rooms. 99 is surely too many for such tired legs! Barry Weston
Thanks for a great weekend, we even had decent weather this year! Thanks to the hard work of you and your team, the event, as usual, runs like clockwork and everyone finishes the weekend with a smile on their face. Rob Young.
Just a quick note to say a big 'Thank You' to you for an excellent event this year. The success and popularity of the event is a testament to your tireless time and effort. For myself, I found it a tough day, but was helped by support at the checkpoints and good weather this year which allowed me to finish in the daylight for the first time! Thanks again, Tim Arkell.
Just a quick email to say thanks again for a great weekend. The walk was even better the second time ! Vicki Burkitt
Thanks for organising another terrific event. I found the double tougher than I expected and it was the encouragement and support that I received on the homeward phase that made it so worthwhile. Thanks, Chris Pritchett
We had a great time this year and for the first time I could see at the top. I can’t wait until trying again next year. Tracy Stacey
Thanks to you all for your appreciative comments, Stuart.
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