The Cancer Research UK Walks

The first long distance walk I ever did was on 17th October 1992 when a work colleague, Jeff, who is the treasurer of the local branch of Cancer Research UK (previously the Cancer Research Campaign) organised a sponsored walk from Middle Tysoe in Warwickshire. The walk, which was 25 miles in length, followed the Centenary Way via Edgehill, Burton Dassett, Harbury and Leamington Spa to Warwick. Not being used to such long "rambles", I felt "pretty knackered" at the end and my legs ached terribly for the next couple of days. However, I really enjoyed it.

Since then most years a Cancer Research walk has taken place locally and I don't think I've missed any of them. In 1993 the walk was from the Coombe Abbey Country Park, situated to the east of Coventry, and we followed the Centenary Way back to Warwick. One year we took a circular route from Warwick visiting Hatton and Kenilworth. Another year we walked from Bourton on the Water to Winchcombe and the following walk we did was another Cotswold jaunt following part of the Monarch Way from Blockley via Moreton in Marsh and Longborough to Stow on the Wold. These latter two walks I was partly responsible for organising. Since then Jeff has been happy for me to come up with the route so all he needs to worry about is organising the transport (coach hire) and enticing people to take part and get sponsors.The number of walkers taking part on these walks varies.

In recent years we have been getting between 20 and 30 participants and, thanks to the generosity of both walkers and sponsors, usually a couple of thousand pounds is raised.

In 2001 I was a bit lazy about organising a route and having discussed options with Larry, who also does these walks along with Mick (see the walkers for more info on this duo), we decided on a canal walk. In fact we decided on a two canal walk of 16 miles finishing at Warwick. This meant that Jeff only had to worry about getting walkers to the start of the walk and we would save some money on overheads - the coach transport.

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