CLASS OF 2016 Badger Fest!
Proof were it needed that #walk1000miles is a long-term life-changer came in the form of the biggest badger meet yet – as 70 met in a damp but joyous Cannock Chase!
We form a bond with those with whom we share a common cause, and that’s particularly true with something as companionable and transformative as # walk1000miles. 2016 was a year in which the challenge Facebook group grew from a few dozen to a few hundred and eventually a few thousand, the term ‘ badger’ (for one who wears the iconic # walk1000miles badge) was born, and the first of thousands of brilliant new friendships were forged online and off. The class of 2016 retains a special bond, and was one of the subgroups to spin off. This month they had their biggest meet yet – ‘Badger Fest’ – a two-day gathering organised by Frances Ipson and Liz Perry, featuring walks, a live band and even its own specially-brewed ale!
Says Frances: “Cannock Chase was a much more varied and beautiful landscape than I had envisaged and we were all very excited at getting to know our no longer ‘virtual’ friends from 2016! We walked all day before retiring to the Glampers’ Bar for home-brew, laughter and music.”
Adds attendee Louise Vickers “It was wonderfully unforgettable. Those tentative friendships have developed into something very important over the course of the past two years, and the energy created was truly fantastic! I feel so lucky to have become involved in the challenge and proud that we’re all still there for one another. I feel re-energised after this weekend. Long may our wonderful group continue.”
Liz created five different route options, Harry I’ons created the ‘Flatlander’ commemorative brew, Jacqueline made special event badges, and so inspiring was the whole vibe that even the band signed up for # walk1000miles after the event!