On Saturday 17th June 2017 an AMAZING 110 teams walked either 7 miles, 14 miles or a massive 25 miles in 28 degree heat for this year’s St Basils Walk! Teams started to arrive at 7am with walking boots in hand and in great spirt.
Steve Rainbow plays a big part in organising St Basils walk every year:
“This year’s walk was blessed with amazing weather which really highlighted the beauty of the countryside. In fact we seem to get really good weather on most of our walks. The atmosphere at all of the check points was fantastic and everyone seemed to have a good time. It’s great to see so many people doing this challenge and pushing themselves in order to help us prevent youth homelessness. That’s why we do it in a different part of the UK every summer, keeping it fresh and interesting whilst still being a challenge. For that reason I think it’s the most unique charity walk in the UK. “
Take a look at what this year’s walkers had to say about the event:
‘Within our team we have 3 generations of the family; the St Basils Walk is a firm favourite for all of us every year, the 2017 edition proved to be the best yet. Despite the “heatwave” it was a fabulous day, a well-structured scenic route organised by the team and ably supported by a friendly army of volunteers providing smiles, water, sun cream, insect repellent, chocolate and encouragement at each checkpoint. A huge congratulations to Steve and all the team for all their efforts – 23rd June 2018, Hay on Wye, is already in the diary.’ – Michael
‘It was my 10th St Basils Walk and every year I enjoy it even more. Although the team and I had opted for the 14 miles walk we managed to do 18.3, not sure if that was down to our poor navigation skills. Despite the hottest day and the insect bites we completed the walk. It was a remarkable day meeting other fellow walkers and all for an excellent cause. Our team name was “sweet soles” but at the end of the walk it felt more like aching soles! We cannot thank enough the organisers as they do so much work behind the scenes to make it a great day.’ – Jannet
Thanks again to all those that did take place in this year’s walk – We look forward to welcoming you back again next year.
We have already planned next year’s walk!!! 23rd June is the date you need to remember (Get it in your diaries!) This time we will be walking around the beautiful Black Mountains area – Starting and finishing from Hay-on-Wye. You’ll be glad to hear that dogs are welcome on all next year’s routes. Steve is already putting together the finishing touches for the route.
“Next year’s walk takes in some of Offa’s Dyke and some of the Black Mountains area and traditionally we have used a piece of string, with knots in for every mile, and placed it on a map but now we are moving into the 21st Century and are using GPS so the distances between each check point will be a lot more accurate and we’ll put this information onto the walk webpage so that people can see what the route is like beforehand. I was walking part of the route only yesterday and it is absolutely stunning so hopefully we’ll get even more teams taking part.”
We would like to say a massive thank you to all that took part in this year’s St Basils walk and to our sponsors Sainsbury’s and Pret a Manger.