London LDWA needs you! (Capital challenge and '100' volunteers AND Pymmes Sat 3 Feb)

London LDWA needs you! (Capital challenge and '100' volunteers AND Pymmes Sat 3 Feb)
London LDWA needs you! (Capital challenge and '100' volunteers AND Pymmes Sat 3 Feb)

Hello everybody!

It's almost February and the snowdrops are out.   It's beginning to feel as if spring could be just around the corner (cue that Arctic blast..)


I was just thinking that it's some time since we had one of our much-loved Special Notices so I'm delighted to be able to rectify that today with no fewer than two.

These are particularly important ones, as they are offering you the opportunity to volunteer to help LDWA - and put something back into the Club that brings us all so much pleasure.   And that's not to mention the fun and great camaraderie that you can enjoy in the process.

So please spend a minute or two reading the notices below, clear your diaries, and get ready  to help!

Marshal for London!

1.  Helping out at the London Group "Capital Challenge" in April

On Saturday April 7th we are holding the Capital Challenge event for the second year. We will be following the same 30-ish mile route as last year, but with twice as many entrants: more than 150 signed up already with a maximum of 200. Last year's inaugural event went really well thanks to a well-designed route showcasing some of London's best and greenest areas.   But also of course because of the welcome given by enthusiastic volunteers, who as you know are the secret ingredient that make challenge events enjoyable.

Along the route..Easter eggs in grass

Early morning view up-river from the Golden Jubilee Bridge, shortly after the start of the 2017 Capital Challenge
Photo: Zoltan Fodor

We need 20 or so marshals to make it all work. We're looking for volunteers to help at the start, finish and en-route checkpoints by offering encouragement, water and biscuits.   We'd also like a few of you to run the electronic "PACER" events tracking system at the start and the finish, and to scan participants in at the checkpoints. It's not hard to use and it's a great opportunity to learn a new skill.   So if you'd like to give it a go, let Gordon know (see below) and we will train you on how to use it.

If you think you might be able to help, please contact Gordon Parker at He can give you further details of locations and timings, and help out with general queries.
There's a report on last year's event, and some great photos, on our website.   You can read more about it by clicking here

As a special bonus, there will be a limited-edition Marshals Walk scheduled for Sunday 18th March, open exclusively to those who help out at the event.



2.  Your key role in the LDWA's Flagship 100-mile challenge in Kent in May!

While on the subject of volunteer marshals, we also need about 15 volunteer marshals to manage a Checkpoint on the National LDWA's "Cinque Port" 100 mile challenge event in Kent on Saturday 26th May.

The "100s" are the flagship annual event in the LDWA's calendar.   As well as being a massive logistical operation, they are hugely enjoyed by both the 500 or so participants and by the myriad willing volunteers from all across the country that help make the whole thing happen.

Unlike recent years' 100 marshalling tasks, this year's is a one day role rather than a full weekend away. For newcomers, the work involved is straightforward: welcoming participants with some TLC (hopefully not too much will be needed as the checkpoint we are staffing is "only" 18 miles into the route), making cups of tea and offering snacks.   All the kit and materials we'll need are provided by the event organisers.

LDWA London is responsible for Checkpoint 3 at Wittersham TN30 7EA (Grid ref TQ899271). It will be open from 15.10 to 19.50 on the Saturday; though set-up will need to start at 13.00. Getting there and home on the Saturday by rail or car is fairly straightforward from London, which is good because the options for overnight accommodation in the area are a bit limited!

If you are interested, please email Gordon (again!) at He will be especially interested to hear from you if you would be willing to act as Checkpoint Marshals Coordinator, in the absence for one year only on other walking commitments of Susanne Waldschmidt, who has made this position her own in recent years.

You can read more about the Cinque Ports "100" on the National website.   Click here


Thanks for reading through that - I do hope you'll feel able to able to do your bit.   Honestly - they really are good fun.


Let's finish by having a quick look at this week's walk.

On Saturday, we're going to be heading out into Tottenham under new leadership, as Jerome steps in for Colin.   The walk meets at High Barnet station (Northern Line) at 09.30 on Saturday morning, and offers a linear 18 mile exploration of Pymmes Brook and the Marshes of East London.   Certainly an outing not to be missed!


That brings us to the end of the update.   As I write, I know that Gordon is sitting on the edge of his seat, anxiously waiting for your email to plop into his in-box.   So don't disappoint him - get your fingers on the keyboard and volunteer now!

Have a happy week




!!! NEW LEADER!!! Pymmes Brook and the Marshes

Sat 3rd Feb 2018


Event Details:

Event Details Updated
Update 16/1 The walk will go ahead as planned but with a new leader (Jerome is standing in for Colin)
Event Type
Group Walk
Southern England
Local Group
Start Time
Meet High Barnet station (Northern Line); finish at Hackney Wick station (London Overground) Following the Pymmes Brook Trail via parks in north-east London, then Tottenham, Walthamstow and Hackney Marshes
General Notes
Pub lunch in Tottenham area
Jerome Ripp telephone number 07470 196890
View on StreetMap
View on StreetMap


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