UK event update

We are now over half way in our UK event season and we thought you’d like to know the latest from our recent events.  We still have Just Bike, Oxfam Trail Trekker Ireland and Maggies Night hike all up and coming so we can’t quite relax just yet.  We have jotted down some feedback from the two Barclays events in Manchester and London raising funds for UNICEF and the Capgemini Wild Challenge for the Prince’s Trust.

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London night hike a HUGE success

Across the Divide has once again teamed up with Maggie’s Cancer Cancer Caring Centres’ and Open House for the fourth, and best yet, London Nighthike.

Clear starlit skies were the order on this unique walking event with over 1500 people taking on the 20-mile challenge. The walk took them through the streets of London with exclusive entry to some of London’s greatest landmarks Somerset House, Battersea Power Station, Horseguards and the new Maggie’s Cancer Caring Centre in Fulham were just some of the highlights along the way.

Walkers also enjoyed live music, champagne and strawberries and performance acts along the route, with the finish line at the top of City Hall for a bacon buttie and the morning papers.

Maggies Nighthike featured in the Daily Telegraph

Across the Divide has worked hand-in-hand with the Maggies Centres to develop a series of fundraising events of which the London NightHike is one.   This years event was even more successful than last years. 

Novelist Jojo Moyes explains why she joined 1,500 people for a night hike through London

Source: the Daily Telegraph | Monday 22nd September | written by JoJo Moyes

Pop singer Sophie Ellis-Bextor gazed at the crowd in front of London’s City Hall, and then down at her trainers. “You can tell I’m truly serious about this because I’m wearing the ugliest shoes possible,” she sighed. “And in public.”

Walk on: Moyes hiked 20 miles, and all night, for cancer patients
Like Ellis-Bextor, I am not a natural walker. I’m happiest behind my desk writing novels, so it was surreal to find myself wedged between her, presenter Anneka Rice, and Sarah Brown, wife of the Prime Minister, as we joined 1,500 people to walk 20 miles on Friday night.

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Just Walk 2009

Just Walk 2009

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Just Walk is bigger and better for 2009, we have added some new distances to suit all ages and levels of stamina.   Now you can choose either 60km, 40km, 20km or 10km routes.   So get your walking boots on and hike for the charity of your choice.   www.just-walk.co.uk    

Just Walk Corporate Team Cup Winners – 2008

Just Walk is an exciting sponsored UK charity walk for anyone wanting to fundraise for the charity of their choice.

Gemma & Julie from ATD HQ recently made a trip down to Wales to present the winning team with the Corporate Team Challenge Cup.

The team from Corus Steelworks, Llanwern, Newport were made up of Michael Hill, Bryn Hewitt-Thomas and David Williams. The Just Walk Corporate Team Challenge was a 60km walk in a day, over the beautiful South Downs, whilst taking part in challenges along the way.

Mike said that it “was harder than the Three Peaks Challenge they had done the year before”.

To take part in next years Corporate Team challenge email Gemma or visit the website
www.just-walk.co.uk

You can sign up now Just Walk- go on get your boots on and give yourself a target

Warm up for Just WalkAs a result of a number of requests we have open application for Just Walk early so you can sign up now- commit yourself ( or an unwitting friend ), set yourself a target and get training now!

SIGN UP FOR JUST WALK HERE

We have added more choice in for next year as well and upload a whole new gallery of this years photographs to the site – there are loads there so check the this link out of see if you can spot yourself – JUST WALK GALLERY 2008

We were all really impressed by the number of families attending this years event and we wanted to make it easier for you to come again so we have added a ‘Sample Just Walk’ option of just 10 kms.

We also wanted to make it easier for those of you just a little bit daunted by the big 60km’s to be encouraged to go just a little bit further so we have a new 40km Just Walk on offer.

Check out all of the new routes- the gallery and sign up for next years event at the Just Walk site

‘Just Walk’ is organised by Across the Divide Expeditions, the leaders in UK Charity Walks

Another sunny weekend helps Just Walk Event to even greater heights

Across the Divide are pleased to announce the success of our second Just Walk Charity Walk 

On Saturday 10th May 2008 with 400 walkers taking part, 115 of these challenging themselves to the big 60km route. This means that our walkers covered a total of 12,540 km’s of West Sussex countryside between them. Our first 20km walker took only 3 and a half hours to cross the finish line and the first group to complete the 60km challenge took an impressive 11 hours including their stops!

It was a beautiful, sunny day, hot at times, but this did not deter our walkers from completing the most rewarding challenge. Our walkers have raised an estimated £400,000 for around 117 different charities. They deserve a huge congratulations for completing the walk and working so hard to raise money for all their charities; without their enthusiasm and determination the event would not be the success that it was.

Tony Ford the Event Manager for Just Walk had this to say:

‘The event was a great success and considering the warm weather we had few medical situations to deal with. We are all already looking forward to a bigger and better Just Walk 2009.’

So far the feedback from the walkers has been excellent and very positive, examples of comments are:

‘Thanks to the whole team for a great day, it was such a well organised event and the support from marshals etc was excellent and much appreciated.’

‘I just wanted to say that Mum and I had the most fantastic time today doing the 20km walk. The weather was perfect, the atmosphere was amazing, and we both thought it was extremely well organised. So many people worked to make it a great day and it really was. Neither of us have done anything like this before, but we’d both do it again!’ 

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