During this week, with the closure of schools and all youth group communal activities due to the impact of Coronavirus (COVID-19), it has become clear the WALTHAM WALK 2020 would be unable to take place this May and so this message is to officially announce that the event will be cancelled this year.
It is not really practical to try and hold the event later in the year as the remainder of 2020 is now filled with uncertainty and the Waltham Walk is really an early summer event, relying on longer daylight hours and decent weather conditions at that time of year. Those of you with longer memories know that we had to cancel the event in 2001, due to ‘foot & mouth’ which pretty well closed down the entire countryside, but we bounced back from that in 2002, and the committee will be working hard in the autumn to give you all a great event next year. Our thoughts at the moment are to use the basic route and venues planned for 2020, but this will be considered carefully in the autumn, when things have hopefully returned to a degree of normality.
Date is likely to be the weekend of 21st/22nd May 2021, the weekend before the late May Bank Holiday on 30 May. Again this will be confirmed in the autumn once venues are taking bookings again. We inevitably have one or two financial matters to deal with resulting from the cancellation of WW2020, but we hope these will not put too much of a dent in our finances.
It has been good to speak to the one or two of you who have telephoned/emailed me during the week, and good to hear all the ideas you have to keep your organisational groups together with inventive ideas using internet and social media. All the best with your youth work, during the next few challenging months.
May we also take this opportunity to wish you and yours all the very best in these difficult times: stay safe and well.
50 teams entered this years 50th annual Waltham Walk – a challenge expedition through the Essex countryside, with 160 people walking. Teams encountered heavy showers on Saturday afternoon, but they cleared by evening and Sunday was a bright sunny day. The Main Event (age 14 -18) was won by “Operation Deliverance”, an independent team from Havering, who won the event two years ago. They narrowly beat 4th Barnet BB, entering the event for the first time. The Mini Trek (age12-14) was won by 11 Northampton BB, who won the event back in 2016. Only 7 points separated the top 3. About 20 youngsters aged 10 – 12 took part in the Teeni Trek, a newly introduced event, fully accompanied by their leaders, walking 10 mls each day. Being our 50th year, there was a large entry of 13 teams into the Supervets competition for over 18s. The top four were only separated by 12 points, with the winners for the past three years being narrowly beaten by 10th Enfield BB. The one day veterans event attracted just three entries this year and was won for the 2nd year running by a team fron 2nd Reading BB, Ladies who lunch !
Thanks to everyone for taking part and we look forward to seeing you again next year for Edition 51.
Full results are now available from the Results page.
WW2019 will be our 50th Event. This special weekend in our history will take place a week earlier than usual on the 11th and 12th May 2019. Please note in your diaries.
For all past and present friends, entrants, helpers, leaders and landowners who have supported us over the years a very big thank you.
To help celebrate this milestone we would like to receive any WW memories that you may have which can be posted direct to our social media sites or emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org for collection onto our website.
The Committee look forward to meeting up with all of you that can make WW2019.
Thanks also to all visiting staff helping at checkpoints and with
transportation, especially those helping for the first time. We look
forward to you helping again next year, and you will be contacted for
your availability in the spring, so we can plan the checkpoint staff
duties in good time. Thanks also to our new St John’s Ambulance
crew from Maldon, and the “Big Breakfast” from the good souls of
Guithavon Valley Church Witham.
50thYEAR: As hopefully youknow now, 11/12MAY 2019 will be ourfiftieth event! Note this is 2 wks before the late May Bank Holiday,not our usual one, due to availability of Skreens Park. In 1970, ifwe managed 5 years, we thought we would be doing well! … any ideasyou have, any contact with people who have taken part, videos, photosand cine films (!) … we’d be delighted to hear from you. Entryforms will be posted to you in January 2018 & and watch website,facebook & twitter for news. Please notify us of any address orcontact or email changes in the meantime. Please take care of yourtrophies … we’d like them back next year, pristine, engraved andpolished! If there are any missing engravings from past years,please ask us for team names, get it done & send us the bill ..thanks.
Committee 21 May 18
Wilding (Chairman), Len Field, Robin Harrison, Roger Little, John
JohnBrookes, Gerry Merritt, Phil Norman, David Hann
This year’s Waltham Walk Challenge Expedition across the Essex countryside was held over the weekend of the 20-21 May 2017 and for our 49th year a bumper entry of 167 of which 53 were Scouts, 91 Boys’ Brigade & Girls Association, 12 Independent and 11 ATC. The Waltham Walk started at Pleshey Village Hall, Overnight camp at Skreens Park, finishing at Mountnessing Village Hall covering a distance of approximately 25 miles. For the full team achievements go to the results section under 2017.
Skills of map reading, camp craft, and team work are but a few of the challenges the teams met over the weekend. Congratulations to all teams on their success.
Note next years event will be held on the weekend of 19 and 20 May 2018 in the same area of Essex. Entry forms will be available January 2018 but for more details check the Waltham Walk website and Twitter and Facebook for latest news.