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TWO STAGES DOWN - ONLY 744 MILES TO GO....

We are having an amazing start to the walk with a wonderful reception wherever we have been for the first and second Teams and our overnight cyclists. Thank you everyone who has joined us so far and we look forward to those of you who are joining us shortly. If you haven't yet signed up, please do so and be a part of this incredible emotional and physical journey. Help us to create a lasting legacy for our Welsh servicemen and women. Get your walking boots on - its Anglesey next! See below for news of Stage 3 launch and events on Anglesey.

Cardiff Launch

In emotional scenes, after a wonderful service at Llandaff Cathedral, Field Marshal Lord Guthrie, the President of Walk on Wales started our epic adventure by presenting the baton to the family of Sgt Cliff Elley.  And so in the Cardiff sunshine, Walk on Wales was launched from the steps of the Senned with 870 miles of walking and 130 miles of cycling ahead.

Those Mighty Men and Women on their Cycling Machines

To a fanfare from the Band of the Welsh Guards, Col Hugh Bodington led his incredible team of cyclists into Chester Racecourse at the end of their epic overnight cycle.  A fantastic achievement from amongst others Nigel Thomas of Blue Mountain in full butcher’s costume riding a monstrously heavy old-fashioned butcher’s bike and a newly wed couple on a tandem.  

Leg 2 Hits North Wales

If Cardiff was emotional, Chester was no less so. Rousing speeches from the Lord Mayor of Cardiff, the newsreader Huw Edwards and Olympic gymnast, Beth Tweddle.  Hugh Bodington handed the baton over to Garrison Sergeant Major Bill Mott and his Leg 2 Team and with the family of Malcolm Wigley in the lead and the Welsh Guards Band setting the pace, we did a lap of the racecourse before setting off along the North Wales Coast.  


Secretary of Stage for Wales Joins In

We were delighted to be joined by Secretary of State for Wales, David Jones MP and his wife, Sarah, who walked every step of the 15.80 miles from Prestatyn to Rhos-on-Sea.

We Will Remember Them

The families of our fallen have been at the heart of the walk and each day, following the drumhead service, the baton is presented to a family member to carry for the day.  The support given to the families by the walkers, and the walking teams by the general public has been quite simply sensational.  Bryan Wigley, son of Sgt Malcolm Wigley has walked the entire of Leg 2 and Sgt Jim Carlyle’s father, staggered us all by walking the whole 20+ miles from Rhos-on-Sea to Penmaenmawr at the age of 81.

Here Jan presents the baton to Tim and Jan Miller from the Falkland Islands to carry on behalf of Gdsm P Green's family, who now live in the Falklands. 

Llandudno and those Goldwings

Llandudno rocked: first to the roar of over 50 Goldwing Motorbikes who provided a “guard of Honour” as we walked along Llandudno Prom. The Llandudno Town Parade brought us in to Men of Harlech as local DJ Ian Turner wound up the crowd at the far end of the Prom. Llandudno further supported us by laying on “An Evening with Billy Mott” at the George Hotel. Amazing support.

You can watch the walk past the Guard of Honour here.



Wonderful to See

The Walk has been all about renewing old friendships.  We were delighted to have General Reddy Watt walking with us, ex Commanding Officer Brigadier Peter Williams, Major Barney Cockcroft, Brigadier Richard Stanford and many faces from the Sergeants Mess alongside the Mayors and Council Leaders of many of the towns along the route and of course, the general public.  

The Men of the Island of the Mighty

Keith Lewis and his Anglesey Stage 3 Team lead us off around the island starting on Wednesday 4 September. And the Anglesey Arms Hotel Mona Road, LL59 5EA Menai Bridge are very kindly hosting a launch for Stage 3 on Tuesday 3 September (TONIGHT!) between 16:30 and 18:30. They will be providing a buffet and live entertainment will be provided by the fabulously talented 12 year old Katie Lou from Prestatyn. 

Please invite all your family and friends. Sign up via Facebook (click here) in order for the team leader of Leg 3 - Keith Lewis - to know if you intend to come so that the hotel can cater for us. This will be a great opportunity everyone to meet prior to leg 3.         

Galahad Lifeboat - 4 September

From 0930 – 1230 the Lifeboat, Galahad, named in memory of the Sir Galahad will be at Beaumaris Pier. With it will be Captain Philip Roberts RN Retd, original Captain of the Galahad in the Falklands War, and a number of our Falklands veterans. A special invitation to al Falklands veterans, as well as to families and public, come and join us at Beaumaris.

Petrolheads Unite!

Come to our Track Day at the Anglesey Circuit on Monday 9 September.  Its going to be an amazing day.  Drive a supercar around this stunning cliff-top race-track.  Get that Lamborghini out of your  garage or drive one of the circuit’s Lotus Elises.  Pink Floyd drummer, Nick Mason has kindly lent us his Ferrari F40 and for a donation you can experience race speeds being driven in this incredible performance car. For further details cotact Annette on 01407 811400 or email annette.freeman@angleseycircuit.com
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