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Discussion Forum - Events - Woldsman 2009

Author: Rebecca Lawrence
Posted: Mon 27th Apr 2009, 11:03
Joined: 2003
Local Group: Marches
Many thanks to the Organisers and their helpers for a great event. After the first 10 or so miles the route really was beautiful and went through some interesting areas with a few challenging hills. All went well till the last 200yds - could see the finish but there was a 7ft fence and 2 barb wire fences in the way - not sure where we went wrong!
Posted: Thu 23rd Apr 2009, 20:11
Joined: 1982
Just got back from West Ayton after completing the Woldsman early on Sunday morning (would you credit it we / I got "misplaced" in Thirsk and finished up at Leeming Bar via the wrong road). It was a great event in country that I have never been in before. Some of it was so much like Salisbury Plains; I would not have been surprised to see a Saracen APC crossing our tracks.
I have been asked by “She Who Must Be Obeyed” to give a special thank you to the Lady and Gentleman who give me a lift back to West Ayton. Madam was not looking forward to driving over strange (but beautiful) country at six AM and give a huge sigh of relive (or was that great big snore) to hear me knocking on the caravan window in the early hours of the morning. Once more a heartfelt thank you to the organisers and the Lady and Gentleman who give me the lift.
David H
Posted: Mon 20th Apr 2009, 13:46
Joined: 2009
It might be a possibility John!

Will have to do some work on my feet/footwear and my food intake before trying anything longer though - do many of you struggle to eat anything more substantial than a couple of Jaffa Cakes at the checkpoints? (Never have I been so pleased to see Jaffa Cakes than at Huggate Wold btw...)

Madeleine - well done and I envy you that swim. I was climbing stairs like a woman twice my age yesterday
Author: Madeleine Watson
Posted: Sun 19th Apr 2009, 22:53
Joined: 2002
Local Group: West Yorkshire
I agree - it was a wonderful event. Bit windy and cold to start with, warming up a bit, but not too much, later on. I suffered with blisters last year, but was absolutely fine this year - wonder if that's just miles on your feet? Scenery was fantastic. Food excellent (with a very slight disappointment at not getting a baked potato at Thixendale this year! Pasta was good though). And wonderfully helpful and friendly marshalls. I was chuffed to bits to do it over 4 hours quicker this year!! Don't think I'll keep that rate up next year! I've been pottering round very slowly today- legs are quite sore. Off on a conference with work for a couple of days - looking forward to using the hotel pool!
Author: John Phillips
Posted: Sun 19th Apr 2009, 15:54
Joined: 2007
Local Group: South Pennine
An excellent day out and thanks to all the organisers and helpers for making it so - 24 hours ensuring other people enjoy themselves is a big committment and this walker certainly appreciates your efforts.Hope there is a Woldsman in 2010!
Glad you enjoyed the walk Clare - you certainly couldn't tell that you had not walked more than 25 miles previously - I struggled to keep up with you all day.Great achievement.Is it the 100 next year?
Posted: Sun 19th Apr 2009, 14:19
Joined: 2009
The Woldsman was my first ever 50 mile event (in fact first time I've ever done more than 25 miles) and I couldn't have asked for a better introduction to this kind of challenge. Or the Wolds. The weather was perfect and the hospitality of the check points and village halls was much appreciated. I also received a lot of encouragement from other more experienced walkers, which helped keep my mind off my horrendous blisters, and got me round in a surprising time of just over 14.5 hours.

Thankyou to the organisers and all the volunteers who made this a successful and fun day

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