Thank you all for coming.
Congratulations to all who took part in
the 2005 A Coventry Way Challenge. For most 40 miles was enough of
a daunting prospect. Not so, for ACW regulars, Mark Swift and
Martin Townend who starting at 2am and completed an additional 10
mile stretch of footpaths before beginning The Challenge.
By the day of the event John Green, his helpers
with the assistance of the local authorities, had made sure that the
Way was in good order. "... the path clearers did a
magnificent job, some places were almost unrecognisable" says Andrew
Skinner. Even a resident at Breach Oak Lane commented on the
at each checkpoint were: 1. Hazel & Adrian Dyke; 2. Iris &
Cyril Bean; 3. Martin Cross; 4. Frank Tonkinson & Dave Lewis (Breakfast
Club); 5. Maureen & Jim Chapman; 6. Bob Brandon; 7. Mary Hewison. Supplementary water
stops by Maureen at Bretford; Algy prior to Ansty and Bob at
The refreshments this year benefited greatly from
the input by seasoned LDWA campaigner, Anne Wade. The 120
filled rolls that Anne made plus the individual jellies set by
herself and Amy Brandon were well received. It is hoped to
have Anne in charge of all food for the 2006 event. Note that it was
Bill Eve who distributed these to checkpoints not so long after you had started.
As ever Bob Carey spent the day at Meriden to
sort the start and manage the finish.
You won't have seen the 40 road signs put to warn
traffic of your presence. However you will have noticed many
others put out either to warn you of traffic or to point you in the
right direction. This was a mammoth exercise on Saturday
afternoon by Bernard Roebuck, John Green and the two Bob's.
The use of the village hall
added to the event and provided a base should the weather turn
nasty. It was good to have Peter Page, John Green and Bill
on hand to assist. Special thanks to all the "on-the-day" volunteers
who helped at the Village Hall and finish - in particular
Yvonne Heywood (from Huddersfield), Sue Hallet and Dilys Skinner of Octavian
For 2006 we have plans to make good use of
Meriden village hall (or maybe another hall along The Way). However
it is early days - for now just be sure the date of September 3rd
2006 goes into your diary for A Coventry Way Challenge.
Finally a vote of thanks to Peter Page who has
patiently checked all aspects before putting the results on to the
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The 8th A Coventry Way Challenge
4th September 2005
Walkers Runners Relays