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(56 miles in the glorious Peak District!)
The first full weekend in September

Starts on the first Saturday in September and is organised by the 3rd Hazel Grove Scout Group affiliated to the Long Distance Walkers' Association (LDWA) - Click to enter the Group's site

BULLOCK SMITHY REPORT 2004

THE 29th BULLOCK SMITHY
In bright sunshine Anne Allen, a fundraiser for Christie Hospital, sent 218 walkers and runners on their way out of Devonshire Park. The afternoon was, if anything, a little too hot as they followed the route through checkpoints at Bow Stones, Chinley Churn, Edale Cross, Edale, Castleton, Peak Forest, Millers Dale, Chelmorton, Earl Sterndale, Brand Top, Cumberland Cottage, Walker Barn and Whitely Green before returning to Hazel Grove

This was the fifth year on the new route and although more people are now familiar with it, it doesn't get any easier. This year 80 entrants had to retire at various stages. Three were determined to reach Hazel Grove even though it was after twelve o'clock and the later checkpoints closed. Although the event had officially ended they will get certificates for their efforts, which will enable them to achieve their sponsorship targets.
First stop at Bowstones via Lyme Park
For the second year running Tony Okell, all the way from the Isle of Man, was first home, also for the second time Davina Harrison from Ashbourne was the first lady and she took 3 minutes off her own record. The fastest scout was Andrew Sidgwick who took 101 minutes off the previous record.

Entries were up this year mainly due to a number of sponsored walkers. One group were walking on behalf of the Booth Centre, a registered charity providing help for the homeless. Kev the organiser told us the experience had been a huge success and they had raised over 200 for Pendlebury Hall Childrens Hospital.

A group led by Anne Allen were walking under the banner "LiVling for Christie" (LVI, 56, geddit?). Anne and her husband wanted to thank the Christie Hospital who are treating their daughter Ann Marie who is suffering from leukaemia. Thirty-two started out and although many found the route a bit too tough, eleven did finish successfully, including Catherine Wells of Poynton who, although over the 24 hours, was determined to finish. In total, an amazing 10,000 in sponsorship was collected for the Hospital.

We also know of at least two other groups walking on behalf of Cancer Research. Please forgive us if we haven't mentioned your charity but well done everyone!

It was very pleasing that several people thanked us for organising such a successful event, however behind the scenes we had the usual little mishaps and panics, such as not being able to find the security code to let us into the Edale checkpoint and then finding we didn't need it anyway, running out of water at Chinley drinks point, forgetting to order the milk and not getting the jam to Earl Sterndale until most people had gone through -never mind it all worked out in the end!

Next year is our 30th and will therefore be a special occasion, it will also be the last in charge for the organising team who will take the opportunity to hand over the reins.

We will be delighted to see your happy smiling faces again on the 3/4th September 2005!

John Corfield, John Feist and Peter Wood - Hike Organisers.