Sunday 27 April 03, nineteen Air Cadets and four staff from 121
(Nuneaton) Squadron ATC donned their walking boots and joined many
other walkers at Sandon Park in Nuneaton as they prepared to set
of on the 2003 'Rotarywalk'. The 'Rotarywalk' is an annual sponsored
walk organised by the Nuneaton branch of Rotary International. The
walk covers a twenty-one mile circular route around the rural outskirts
of Nuneaton using bridle ways, footpaths, canal towpaths and the
occasional minor roads. There are two shorter walks of five or eight
miles for those who don't fancy tackling the demanding twenty-one
The "Rotarywalk" is quite a unique and effective way
of helping local charity organisations to raise funds for their
own good causes, the Rotary Club organises everything including
refreshments and marshals all you have to do is get some sponsors,
oh, and you also have to do the walking.
Chris Mountford, Nuneaton Rotary Club Walk organiser said that
a keen hiker can complete the twenty-one mile circuit which takes
in local beauty spots such as Hartshill Hayes, Arbury Hall and Higham-on-the-hill
in under nine hours.
Unfortunately it took the Air Cadet groups a little longer than
expected. The staff group however managed to complete the walk coming
in way ahead of the cadets however, someone forgot to tell their
feet that they were attached to keen hikers. Believe me, twenty-one
miles is not just a relaxing Sunday afternoon stroll. I reckon it's
going to be several days before some of our group will be able to
walk without pain.
In the past the Squadron has used this event to raise funds for
the Mary Anne Evans Hospice but this year the Air Cadet contingent
was walking in order to give a much-needed boost to our own Squadron
funds. We will let you know how mush we have managed to collect
this year as soon as we have all the details.
The cadets and staff of 121 (Nuneaton) Squadron would like to take
this opportunity to thank all those people who so generously sponsored
us and would also thank the members of the Nuneaton branch of Rotary
International for organising the event. We look forward to taking
part in the 2004 "Rotarywalk" and would encourage other
charitable groups within the Nuneaton area to do the same, It's
a fantastic way to raise funds for good causes. Well done to all
those who took part in this years "Rotarywalk".
Mary Ann Evans Hospice benefits
from long walk.