With sign ups to Walking Home for Christmas flooding in, we thought it would be a great time to highlight our current Top 50 walkers (listed below) who will be walking the longest distances home.
Special mention should go to our elite group of six walkers so far who will each be covering more than 100 miles on their individual journeys, a staggering distance.
Top of the tree at the moment is Paul Marron, a 53-year-old stone mason who will be setting off on 17 December from Edinburgh and walking 203 miles along the tortuously windy coastal path to Newcastle and then inland to Wylam, sleeping out each night en route. He aims to be home in time for his dog Reggie’s birthday on Christmas Eve and his own 53rd birthday on 28 December. A remarkable effort which really brings home the Walking with the Wounded message supporting our homeless veterans.
“I’ve got a friend at work who struggled quite a bit when he came out of the military and when I saw this campaign I thought it was perfect,” he said. “It’s a time of year when the homeless feel it the hardest.
“I’ve not been away this year so this is my holiday. Gets us out of the Christmas shopping though as my wife’s not joining me funnily enough.”
On Paul’s fundraising page his wife Jill has donated and commented: “Make sure you are home for Christmas. My mad husband x”
Please join Paul and sign up: Any distance makes a difference to our homess ex-service men and women
All those who are in the top 50 furthest walkers come 15 December will get a free Williamson Tea snowflake caddy to take home, the perfect Christmas gift, so get signing up now!
Think you should be in the Top 50 furthest walkers? If you’ve signed up and your name isn’t on the list below when it should be, it may be because you haven’t entered your mileage on the website so do please edit your entry. (List last updated 05 January 2015).
|Jules||Roberts||Pall Mall, London||Alsager, Stoke on Trent||160|
|David||Barnes||Guildhall London||Guildhall Bath||108|
|Harry||Bucknall||St Pauls Cathedral||Donhead St Andrew||102|
|Jock||Davis||St Pauls Cathedral||Donhead St Andrew||102|
|Stuart||Doughty||RFU Twickenham||Bath Rugby, The Recreation Ground||100|
|Colin||Shubrook||9 Devonshire Square||Andover||73|
|Graham||Bell||Hammersmith Bridge||Henley on Thames||57|
|Gary||Connery||Hammersmith Bridge||Henley on Thames||57|
|Ben||Hargreaves||Hammersmith Bridge||henley on Thames||57|
|Sarah||Langham||Mapperley Park, Nottingham||Lubenham, Leicestershire||50|
|Stephen||Edwards||Covent Garden, London||Haslemere||45|
|Jon||Street||Southwark Bridge||Bishops Stortford||40|
|Dave||Parkinson||Guildford Police Station||Havant||38|
|Geoffrey||Wady||Liverpool Royal Hospital||Winsford, Cheshire||35|
|Geof||Loe||MA Build Office||MY House||34|
|Ian||Siggers||Dock Road, Chatham||Bryony Drive, Ashford||33|
|Shane||Wakeling||Bury Street, London||Dunstable||33|
|Janey||Wise||Crawley Court, Winchester||Ringwood||30|
|Rachel||Jenkins||Ponthir, Newport||Ponthir, Newport||30|
|Chris||Marsh||Ponthir, Newport||Ponthir, Newport||30|
|Martha||Jones||Chatham Dockyard Historical Society, Museum Of The Royal Dockyard, Chatham||St Georges RAF Chapel Church, Main Rd, Westerham||30|
|Jess||Nicol-Smith||Chatham Dockyard Historical Society, Museum Of The Royal Dockyard, Chatham||St Georges RAF Chapel, Main Rd, Westerham||30|
|Simon||Lea-Armstrong||Thaxted||Thaxted (via Braintree CM77 7AA) 28 mile round trip||28|
Certainly some impressive distances in there and something to aim at for those signing up and looking to make our top 50! All those who sign up will get a 25% discount on the Williamson Tea snowflake caddy (with £1 from every purchase going to WWTW), no matter how far you walk, and every 100th sign up will get a free pair of New Balance trainers of their choice so get signed up to Walk Home for Christmas now!