WALKING 4 LIFE
In 2004, when he turned 50, Bob Holt decided to undertake charitable walks in aid of the Bobby Moore Fund. This started in September 2004 when Bob and 40 of his friends spent 2 days walking 25 miles of the Cotswold Way. Over £57,000 was raised for the charity.
In September 2005, Bob undertook the 186 mile long Thames Path Walk, joined by 100 plus colleagues from Mears Group and other organisations, raising over £50,000 for the charity.
In 2007 and 2008, Bob again walked the Thames Path, along with Mears Group colleagues and in partnership with Travis Perkins, raising a further £75,000 for the Bobby Moore Fund.
During 2009 and 2010, Bob continued with his walks of the Ulster Way, Hadrian's Wall and Thames Path. 2010 also saw the addition of a new walk, the South Downs Way.
The Footprints Foundation charity was set up by Bob in 2008 in order to support worthwhile charities. Since that time, Footprints has donated many thousands of pounds to a wide range of charities.
Details of those charities supported can be seen on our website page Support Us/Charities Supported.
Please give generously in the knowledge that all proceeds will go directly to those charities most deserving.
Walk of Leith, Edinburgh 24th April
Kew Bridge to Vauxhall Bridge, London -10th November 2017
Rodborough and Minchinhampton Common walk – 30th June
Stetchworth, nr Newmarket – 1st June 2017
Dovestone Reservoir, Oldham Walk 12th May 2017
The Six Churches Walk, Wath upon Dearne, Rotherham – 11th May 2017
Hadrians Wall, Wallsend – 5th May 2017
Walk of Leith, Scotland 27th March 2017
A great start to the walks, on a beautiful sunny day at Newburn Bridge, walking the final leg of Hadrian’s Wall.
35 walkers, two dogs, a dodgy ankle (not me) and a pair of flip flops (also not me).
Started briskly, most of the pack keeping together and arrived at our lunch stop broadly intact. Enjoyed our sandwiches on the banks of the Tyne.
Another brisk start for the afternoon leg, walking to Wallsend. Passing a mixture of the closed shipyard at Swan Hunter and new housing development along the side of the Tyne and arriving at Segedunum Roman Fort two hours later.
A great walk – many thanks to Kevin Morrow and his team from Mears, Morrison, Home Group, and everyone else.
Water of Leith, Edinburgh Balerno to Leith
An early start for a change, today in Balerno to the south east of Edinburgh, with 23 second year apprentices from Mears Scotland. Excellent turn out – many thanks to Gerry Malone.
Set off at a brisk pace, walking alongside a river with a very busy walk and cycle path making our way into Edinburgh. Pub lunch to follow.
Excellent lunch at The Blue Goose, followed by a sprightly pace towards the canal running through the centre of Edinburgh. Beautiful walk much enjoyed by everybody Gerry well done on this – a great addition to the itinerary.
Looking forward to meeting my Glasgow colleagues and first year apprentices tomorrow.
Weather held up all day and now the sun is shining – believe it or not…
Ayrshire Path, Glasgow Irvine and Killwilling New Town circular
23 walkers plus one dog joined us today at the Eglinton Country Park – again well organised by Gerry Malone.
Lovely day, started right on time and after a minor hiccup arrived at Menzies Hotel for another excellent sandwich (and chips) lunch Weather still holding, albeit threatening rain.
I was wanting to get finished early for the long drive to Skipton for tomorrow and did my super speed walking in the afternoon. Needless to say went the wrong way and added about a mile, but still all finished by 2.30 p.m.
Another brilliant walk – many thanks to Gerry and the Scotland team for an excellent couple of days. Looking forward to next year.
Onward to Skipton…
River Avon Trail Bristol to Bath
After a restful day/night in Bristol we set off on our first rainy day – weather predicted to get worse.
A mixture of walkers from the South West including our talon fingered HR team. No dog today, was it something I said??
Rain for the first hour and then onto the Bird in Hand at Saltford for an excellent lunch – always one of the best.
One of our ladies had a suspected blister but walked through the pain barrier. Completed the post lunch leg of the walk in record time. Another excellent day with sunny weather greeting us as we entered Bath.
Well done to all those involved. One more day to go in Cambridge…
Liverpool Canal / Pennine Way Gargrave circular
Over 30 people arrived today at Gargrave ready for the annual pilgrimage along the Leeds to Liverpool canal.
Lovely pleasant day although rain predicted later.
Change of lunch venue necessitated by the local pub being refurbished??
However upon our arrival at the cafe we were greeted with our own private room with an array of sandwiches and chips. Well done to Paula for the hasty rearrangements which worked out better than originally planned.
Good walking from our Yorkshire teams and weather held off for the short trip back to Gargrave on the loop walk.
Well done everybody – on our way to Solihull for our overnight stop.
Ely, Cambridgeshire Ely/Little Downham circular
A great start to the walk today at the impressive Ely Cathedral, fantastic architecture, and a detailed walking map (with photos) supplied by Trina’s Eagleton’s husband.
14 walkers plus two Italian greyhounds (thanks Theo!) and two wasters from Network Waster. Fine start to the weather on our last days’ walking. Working our way through the fields and heading to Little Downham for lunch. Few spots of rain, hopefully not too hard, and a pleasant walk all round.
After a few more spots of rain we arrived at the Anchor pub (nice pub – shame about the food) and after a brief respite finished the last leg of the walk; a short 3 miles hike into Ely. Didn’t expect the hail stones but a great day and a nice walk. If you haven’t visited Ely Cathedral put it on your bucket list.
Thanks to everyone involved in all the walks – well organised and great attendance. I look forward to seeing you all next year.