By the end of September, our month-long Guildford Walkfest had, incredibly, hosted almost 50 events. And what a month it’s been. Brilliant September sunshine for the first three weeks and then dodging the showers during the latter days – often with rain before and after the walk window but fine weather during the walk itself. We even managed to find the only dry day near the end of the month to host our sponsored walk in aid of Guildford Street Angels.
I think that my first thoughts must be to congratulate all those volunteer walk organisers and leaders who took time out to make the events so interesting and enjoyable. They are far too many to name but they know who they are. Those of you who have been following this blog will have realised that I attended a significant number of the walks and have tried to give Walkfest support to as many of the groups as possible. My over-riding memory of all the walks is the friendliness of the participants and the fascinating parts of the Borough that they introduced me to.
Of course, Walkfest would not have happened without a small core of folks working behind the scenes to create the festival, put together the brochure and web site, sort out publicity and do all the rest of the organisational stuff. These unsung heroes really do deserve special thanks.
Nor could the festival have happened without the various sponsors who provided the funds for the website and brochure and, of course, Guildford Borough Council who provided support and a base for meetings.
With a strapline of ”Keep Healthy, Keep Walking”, a basic aim of Walkfest was to encourage people who don’t walk to take those first steps. It was also to encourage those who already walk to do more, go to different places and enjoy more of our Borough. Based on the initial metrics which the team have gathered, we have certainly achieved those goals.
It was also great to be able to support our Guildford Street Angels as the nominated charity for this year’s Walkfest – and that was a super walk too.
But it’s not over yet!! On Saturday 5th October, Walkfest – and in particular Sheila Willis and David Rose – are hosting two walks as part of the Countryfile Children in Need campaign. Both walks (one of 1 mile and the other 4.5 miles) start from Fairlands Community Centre. GU3 3NA. The longer walk starts at 10.30am and the shorter one at 11am. If you are free, why not join them and make a difference.