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The second training walk for Woodlarks – a boring nine miles

By Tom Winnifrith | Monday 20 March 2023


The river Dee is still outside of its banks and I am still rather worried about the killer cows and thus, for my second Rogue Bloggers for Woodlarks training, I opted for the most boring of walks: my house to the service station on the Wrexham ring road and back.

The rogue bloggers walk itself will be 34 miles on June 17 and I know that I’d struggle to complete that today. But the nine miles exactly on Saturday morning was a breeze. I could easily have walked on for at least another nine miles without keeling over. I guess my cardio-vascular system is improving and my feet are slowly toughening up.

The good thing about this walk is that there is a concrete path all the way and that makes life a bit easier. There are a couple of modest slopes but nothing too stressful. And most importantly of all there are no killer cows to worry about. I managed the walk in less than three hours which is a reasonable pace at this stage of the game.

Yes, it was dull. But dull is an opportunity to think through the economics of buying and restoring another Greek Hovel or to work out how long I have to work until I retire ( answer I shall carry on writing until I drop dead because I want to), or more critically planting plans for my garden. On the latter front I was, on Sunday, sufficiently recovered from both the walk and having a few beers watching Ireland win the Grand Slam that I was able to finish the weed and turf clearing which enlarges my vegetable patch. That will allow me to plant potatoes, broad beans, more garlic, shallots and onions from this afternoon.

I also contemplated what area to weed next. Suffice to say I am not short of weeds.

But back to Woodlarks. It is an amazing charity. There are now 7 rogue bloggers including 79 year old Brian Basham signed up for this, our sixth and final, walk to Woodlarks. 34 miles. Ouch. 

You do not need to do it but how about you sponsor us as this camp for severely disable folk is a great, if unfashionable, cause. Please, if you can make a donation, do so HERE
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