Julie's Jabber - This week with London LDWA

Julie's Jabber - This week with London LDWA
Julie's Jabber - This week with London LDWA

What better to look at in these gloomy days than photos of people having a nice time out walking at the weekend, so here's two. Melissa took the one below on a South Downs circular - that's Ali, our Chair, leading the line behind her. 


melissa ali south downs

South Downs Circular


Meanwhile, Gavin led a circular from Dorking,  based on the Founders Challenge route:

gavin dorking circular

Dorking Circular



NEC posts up for grabs


From Julie Cribb, NEC Local Groups Officer:


In March 2021, three NEC office-holders come to the end of their period in their roles, the Chair, the Groups Officer, the 100s Co-ordinator and we also have the IT role to be filled. We're looking for potential applicants for these roles, but we're also keen to understand why some people might be deterred. We think they're exciting opportunities and we know that NEC members have really enjoyed fulfilling their roles and getting involved with running the organisation. So, please contact Julian White at publicity@ldwa.org.uk if you have any questions or comments on the roles or this process. What would encourage you to consider standing? Are there members who secretly want to hold a role but are nervous for any particular reason?  You can also contact any of the current post holders for further information.  But don't delay - think today - completed nomination forms have to be in by Saturday 31st October.






What we're missing (sob):

You might have come across the Isle of Wight walking team JAWS at events from time to time, and they've just posted on our Twitter account @LondonLDWA some photos of their walk-out of the original Capital Challenge route on Saturday. Their comment -  'We had quite an entry for the 2020 event but sadly Covid intervened. Let's hope for a better year in 2021'  - is something I think we all second. The NEC have been having a series of meetings to thrash out a way forward for holding challenge events in a Covid-secure way so  yes, here's hoping.


jaws do cap challenge

The London stadium - a landmark on the final stretch of the Capital Challenge, with a cup of tea and delicious cakes waiting at the YouTube cafe


And finally...


Coincidentally, the home of West Ham is something I saw in the distance last week while standing on top of the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium. To explain, presenter Kate Mason (that's her looking glamorous next to a windblown me on the roof) and I were recording  an item for the Football Ramble podcast. It's The Dare Skywalk, featuring among other slightly scary but awesome bits the glass walkway over the south stand. Which is 46.8 metres above the pitch, and stops at the halfway line where, poised on the edge (don't worry, you're shackled to a safety rail) you can look down and imagine Harry Kane releasing one of his perfect 20-yard passes and Son Heung-Min sprinting towards goal. And then the highlight - walking up to the highest point of the stadium, where you can reach out and touch the trademark golden cockerel. You don't have to be a Spurs fan, you don't even have to like football - this is a fabulous tour of an award-winning piece of architecture. You do, of course, have to have a head for heights...

Apologies, by the way, for the very grotty photo 'frame' - I snapped it on my desk with my phone!



skywalk third attempt

Top of the world, Ma - The Dare Skywalk



London LDWA - http://www.ldwa.org.uk/London