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Discussion Forum - Events - RAF Pathfinder March 2006 (17th June)

Author: Anne Wade
Posted: Tue 7th Mar 2006, 20:51
Joined: 1994
Local Group: Heart of England
I have done this event several times and always enjoyed it. It's a great achievement - to complete a whole long distance path in one go! Many young people take part, some as relay teams, and it is a pleasure to see them taking up such a challenge. Future LDWAers perhaps? Just a warning note though...if it's sunny there is very little shade and there are a lot of hard tracks and roads, so footwear needs to be carefully chosen.
Author: Chris Boden
Posted: Fri 3rd Mar 2006, 14:41
Joined: 2005
Local Group: Beds, Bucks and Northants
It looks like the entry forms are up for this year's RAF Pathfinder March in Cambridgeshire on the 17th of June. The URL is

with the entry forms available via the "Download" menu.

This is a 46 mile non-LDWA event (run by the boys at RAF Wyton near Huntingdon) and is usually well organised and popular - they had upwards of 500 the year before last IIRC.

The route basically follows the PathFinder Long Distance Walk, which is clearly marked on the OS 1:50,000 and 1:25,000 maps (Explorer 225 is the one to go for, as the route crosses as least three Landrangers). The terrain is basically flat; not quite as flat as the Poppyline 50 in Norfolk, but still pretty gentle. Combined with the warm weather in June that makes it a pleasant introduction to the pleasures of ultras.

There are more details on the website.

Aficionados of 50s may like to note that this clashes with the 3 Rings of Shap. If you're in a position to do either then I'd suggest heading for the Lakes - the inaugural event last year was great fun. Just be careful of that bull near the end of Ring 2 ……

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