Once again we were very lucky to have good weather for this year’s event which attracted 166 walkers, setting out from Brindle Community Hall.
Cuckoo Walkers set off from the Hall
A select group successfully completed the challenging 24 mile trail. The 6 and 9 mile routes proved the most popular and we had about 25 on the 3 mile route including several family groups with toddlers. The 12 mile route went out to Withnell Moors reaching the summit of Great Hill and included two boys (8 and 9 years of age). So if they can do it, maybe you can next year!
There was a team of some 16 or so helpers (including stewards, registrars, walk leaders and sweepers, and ‘brew stop’ staff), who were very important in ensuring the success of the event and I would like to thank them for all their support and assistance on the day and in the run up to the walks too.
I am very grateful to and thank the catering ladies, particularly Susan and Stephanie, who masterminded and delivered excellent refreshments for the ‘brew stops’ and in the Hall where all the walkers returned to a hot lunch. Thank you to everyone who made such a wide selection of cakes, pies and other desserts for these, and to Karen for donating the milk and cream.
Walkers on the 12 mile walk reach the summit of Great Hill
There was also a very well supported raffle. Thank you, Eileen and team, for running this and to everyone who provided the excellent prizes to make it so successful.
As well as having a very enjoyable day, we were also able to make a substantial profit (including the proceeds from the raffle) and I am pleased to report that, after expenses, we were able to send cheques for £400 to both Derian House Children’s Hospice and St James’ Restoration Fund. So, thank you walkers for participating and your generous support.
Next year’s walks (!!!!) are likely to be held on either Saturday 21st or 28th April, so if you weren’t able to walk this year, you have plenty of time to get yourselves in shape to join us in 2012.