2009

This is the year the Ivanhoe Way Challenge was born. A few weeks before the event we thught we would be walking the route by ourselves. However the last few weeks before the registration deadline saw an influx of applications. Bearing in mind this was the first year we organised this event we were very pleased with 23 applying to take part.

All the walkers were in good spirits throughout the walk, despite the early start and the challenge ahead. Great support was given to the walkers by marshals at checkpoints. One walker, Fiona Winfield said, "This is definitely a challenge, but a great sense of achievement, it's the hardest thing I've ever done. The volunteers encouragement helped us through the pain barrier". As the day progressed it was obvious we would have some early finishers. David McNair and Tony Collier, both from Ashby, were first back to Hood Park Leisure Centre in just over 12 hours. Out of the 23 who started, 18 completed the 35 mile walk. This is an outstanding effort by all involved. The final total raised is expected to exceed £3,000, with every penny going to Wishes4Kids. Another quote from a walker a few days after the event sums it up, "Blisters are fine now, and will be gone soon, however the good memories of the walk will stay forever".

We are both delighted with how the event has gone and would like to say a big thank you to all the participants. We would also like to say a special thanks to all the volunteers, without them this event could not take place.