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Discussion Forum - Events - Wessex 100 Marshals' Walk

Author: Garfield & Helen Southall
Posted: Tue 5th May 2009, 19:14
Joined: 1991
Local Group: Merseystride
Thanks Mike,
Duly corrected.
Author: Mike Childs
Posted: Tue 5th May 2009, 18:55
Joined: 1990
Local Group: Dorset
Hi Garfield and Helen,

Great photos and amusing captions.

A couple of minor corrections : photos 8 and 9 actually show our superfast Al Rodger, and I think the blurry "no paparazzi" shot rreally is Dave Green. A cracking pace performance from both of these Dorset lads.

Author: Garfield & Helen Southall
Posted: Tue 5th May 2009, 13:11
Joined: 1991
Local Group: Merseystride
Photos from the checkpoint at Stoughton Down ...

Well done everyone !!

Garfield & Helen
Author: Merrian Lancaster
Posted: Tue 5th May 2009, 10:59
Joined: 1996
Local Group: Beds, Bucks and Northants
Author: Ken Falconer
Posted: Mon 4th May 2009, 22:28
Joined: 1983
Local Group: Heart of Scotland
Thanks and congratulations to all involved in orgainsing and helping with the Wessex 100 Marshals' Walk this weekend. The 30 starters (with 27 finishers) were completely spoilt by the quantity and quality of support provided.
The weather was almost perfect for walking - not too hot in the day and not too cold in the night. There was some very light drizzle in early morning, but not enough to need waterproofs. It was clear both during the day and night, with a bright moon, and from the high points there were some good distant views across southern England. The area is attractive, both with rural and downland landscapes and attractive villages. The woods held super displays of bluebells (which sadly may be over in three weeks time) as well as cowslips and wild garlic (which was sometimes overpowering!). Other wildlife included foxes, cuckoos and a slow worm, and I'm told other walkers saw red kites.
The route description was easy to follow including for those like myself who had not prewalked the route. The route included some nice grassy tracks making for very easy walking, but there was a fair bit of tarmac and some flinty and chalky tracks. There are one or two tracks which can only be described as 'dire', having been churned up and rutted by 4WD vehicles before hardening and then acquiring a muddy surface. One about 3 miles before the end of the main event route is particularly memorable! There are also a number of rather nasty road crossings with very fast traffic, sometimes on blind bends or summits and great care is needed especially when tired.
So thanks once again to all those who helped in any way with the Marshals' 100. With the effort that is clearly being put in, I am sure that the main event in three weeks time will be equally successful.

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