comments in 1969 ...
event was very successful and we think this is best illustrated by
publishing some of the following e-mails, letters and articles we
First two emails :-
From Steve Astington (20031) Forest of Dean, Gloucestershire
As I promised, a
short report on your event of yesterday - please use the bits you
want or send it in to Strider if you like. Once again thanks for all
your efforts, I'll try to get back again next year.
It was a fairly
late decision on my part to enter this event, partly due to the
location, after all how could anyone arrange a decent long distance
walk around a major city - but how wrong can you be!
pleasant surprise was the campsite organised for the previous
evening adjacent to the pub that was to be the start and finish for
the walk, which provided a pleasant evening and avoided a very early
start from home next day to make the 6 a.m. deadline. At
registration next morning I was supplied with a comprehensive
booklet containing route maps and a detailed description which
proved to be very accurate and made the OS map
The walk itself
was highly enjoyable, having an interesting route that visited some
very pleasant countryside, and attractive villages. For the majority
of the walk it was hard to believe that you were so close to the
city of Coventry. The route marking was excellent with the
organisers putting out extra signs and even going to the extent of
getting paths cleared through some crops. All but one of the
checkpoints provided drinks and a good selection of food. The final
surprise of the event was being presented with a tee shirt for
completing the walk.
I would like to
thank Cyril Bean and his colleagues for putting on such a good
event, which was excellent value for the entry fee, and one that I
would definitely recommend to others.
From: John Caldicott Peel Road Runners.
I would like to
thank you for the very nice run I had on Sunday 22 Aug. The course
was surprisingly rural and the route description was second to none.
The weather was super but you can not have the credit for that. I
will do all I can to get a relay team from Peel Road runners and at
least three solo runners for next year (hoping for another event
next year). I also enjoyed the food (the orange segments were a life
saver) and the beer at the Queens is worth running 40 miles for. The
people at the checkpoints were very friendly and efficient, all in
all a top class event.