Morpeth to Bournemouth Walk 2003..

Step towards a Country Free from Meningitis B
Morpeth to Bournemouth
Saturday 27th September - Sunday 19th October 2003

Early start Saturday 18th October heading for ASDA,Totton nr. Southampton for the penultimate leg of the 2003 fund raising walk for Meningitis Research. Ray and I are joining the walk for the last two days but Steve x 2 ( Dayman & Fear) have been walking every day since Mid September. They started in Morpeth, Northumberland heading South visiting Towns and Villages whose initial letters spell MENINGITIS B and by the end of the walk will have covered some 465 miles on what is left of their trainers. Our contribution is two days of 17 miles – seems kind of lame---oops poor choice of words.

We picked up Fran and Gemma at Chichester and arrived at ASDA in good time for a McD breakfast and start at 9am. Lynn, Larry and Jill were already there and we set off some 20 strong in glorious sunshine with Lynn setting the pace. West through the New Forest towards lunch at Lyndhurst collecting buckets deployed in our rolling roadblock.

After lunch, onwards through Brockenhurst to Lymington for an overnight stop. Lymington’s a happening place on Saturday evening so it was difficult to get everyone together for a meal but a good number of us descended on ASK for an entertaining repast.

Sunday am. We were some 30 in number and were seen off by the Lady Mayor of Lymington who started the days collection and wished us every success for the walk. Heading west towards Somerford (not Somerfield) for lunch the hardcore bucket wielders are still walking backwards in the centre of the road to make it that little bit easier for the road users to part with their money. Throughout the walk regular brief stops are needed to count the money collected at each licensed street collection boundary. The counting from all the collection buckets is done on the move in the vehicles as we walked.

The local Constabulary of Bournemouth tried to make their presence felt after some rather enthusiastic mugging----collecting but Steves determination and “Best behaviour lads” instructions persuaded them to let us continue and then round the corner it was “Back to work lads”!!

We arrived at The Cumberland Hotel in Bournemouth at around 4pm to be welcomed by the Lady Mayor and local MP. The walk had raised an impressive £75k for Meningitis Research of which we have contributed some £1000 from the generous sponsorship of our friends and relatives.

For the record Ray suffered no ill effects that a pint of lager and a bag o chips couldn’t cure and my blisters were history the next day!

Review By Chris Smith.

Here are some pictures taken of the final stages of the Walk
Please click on the thumb nail images to enlarge the picture

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Morpeth to Newcastle Sat 27th Sept
Newcastle to Easington Lane Sun 28th Sept
Easington Lane to Darlington Mon 29th Sept
Darlington to Northallerton Tues 30th Sept
Northallerton to Ripon Wed 1st Oct
Ripon to Otley Thurs 2nd Oct
Otley via Ilkey to Colne Fri 3rd Oct
Colne via Nelson to Rochdale Sat 4th Oct
Rochdale to Glossop Sun 5th Oct
Glossop to Grindleford Mon 6th Oct
Grindleford to Ambergate Tues 7th Oct
Ambergate via Ilkenston to Derby Wed 8th Oct
Derby to Tamworth Thurs 9th Oct
Tamworth to Coventry Fri 10th Oct
Coventry to Fenny Compton Sat 11th Oct
Fenny Compton to Hopcrofts Holt Sun 12th Oct
Hopcrofts Holt via Islip to Cumner Mon 13th Oct
Cumner to Newbury Tues 14th Oct
Newbury to Andover Wed 15th Oct
Andover to Winchester Thurs 16th Oct
Winchester via Southampton to Totton Fri 17th Oct
Totton to Lymington Sat 18th Oct
Lymington to Bournemouth Sun 19th Oct


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