Saturday 25th February
Challenge Event - 25ml. in 10hr. From Norbury village hall (post code SY9 5DX), which is some 5 miles NE of Bishops Castle, just off the unclassified road going up the East Onny Valley towards Bridges Youth Hostel . Another new and undisclosed route, over the scenic and testing country of the Shropshire Hills AONB .
Tour des Marches Final Instructions
Thank you for your entry. (Those of you who have recently cancelled your entry should of course ignore this! You remain on the entry list only so that we can keep track of who, what, where and when! We are full with extras to cover cancellations and no-shows.)
Please note that registration will close at 08.15 for a 08.30 start.
Anyone wishing to start earlier than 08.30 can do so as long as they have notified the organisers at registration.
Don’t forget a light breakfast will be available at the start.
The postcode for Wistanstow is SY7 8DQ, the Village Hall (Walk HQ) will be signposted from the A49 and A489, the Map Reference is Landranger 137/ 430858
The numbered entry list in alphabetical order is available on our website. If you entered the event by post you will be listed in alphabetical order from 137 onwards. Please make a note of your number it will speed up the registration process, thank you.
Challenge Event - 20ml.
From the Village hall Church Pulverbatch Shrewsbury, SY5 8BZ (GR SJ432029).
A festive jaunt to Church Stretton and back following a route originally created by Chris Dawes.
Start 08.00-09.00 (depending on expected speed). Santa Hats and reindeer antlers are the dress of the day.
Click Here for full details.
We have now reached our entry limit for this event.
Please note there will be no entries on the day.
Good luck to all taking part.
Can you please just pass on my thanks for a fabulously well organised event. Yes it was very, very hard and I'm suffering this morning but the organisation was superb.
Particular highlights - the veggie lasagne (a life saver!) and the Holdgate ladies - I've never seen anything like it - just wonderful. Best cuppa out of a china teapot!
Many many thanks Matthew (no. 50)
What a wonderful walk Thank you Janet and all the Marchers for a real challenge walk. The extra loop made it a tough walk. Fantastic scenery from the top of Titterstone! The food at check points was excellent cakes at the Church extremely good. I sampled more than I should have and my favourite was the coconut and orange dream. The cup cakes looked good. I wish to thank Cyril, Diane and Kathy for their help. Without your GPS I think I would be still trying to find my way around.
A huge thank you to everyone for helping to make the WOW such a success. They found it hard . Some found it very hard and about a third gave up but the finishers were justifiably proud of themselves. They loved the views and hated the vegetation. I have been asked to ensure we always include the extra loop ! Surprisingly a large number of people who regularly do our events and even one who lives in Shrewsbury had never been up the Titterstone Clee. We got the closing times about right. Last group completed in 27hours 30 but we thought the first runner would manage about 12 hours but it was a lot slower than that. Youngest completer was Kieran age ,19. Oldest was Pat at 76 just ahead of Peter at ,75. They came from Cornwall to Durham Norfolk Leeds and Warsaw. Goff has suggested a short on line navigation test before we accept entries and seeing them approach the Craven Arms check point from every point of the compass I think he may have a point!
We have a semi official GPX file for Saturdays Walk which can be downloaded here.
We have had a very wet few weeks in Shropshire, the undergrowth in some places will be serious, while we dont expect that you will need periscopes please take this into consideration when selecting leg coverings. bare legs will get stung and scratched, absorbent trousers will get wet and heavy.
Registration will be open from 7.00am with plenty of tea and toast available. There is an early opening SPAR just around the corner for last minute supplies. Please don't forget your maps and have your route description and a MUG.
The forecast is light cloud with highs of 21 and lows of 13 (cooler on the hill tops).
June 29th - only two weeks to go. Entries now 118.
The marshals walk has been postponed to a post event caper in August.
All entrants should receive more event details later this week.
Just back from an excellent weekend helping on CP9 for the Dorset 100. The Marches team as usual provided a warm welcome to walkers and runners at the 65 mile check point. Short of tuna but with an ocean of guacamole we served up a buffet spread which only needed cheese and pineapple on sticks to be right out of Fanny Craddock's recipe book.
Despite the night time thunder storms most of the entrants arrived in good spirits. Marches members Jane Webb, Roger Michelle , and Phil Clarke all finished in highly creditable times, Phil talked of dropping out at our check point but Jenny and co talked him round.
Full results can be checked here.