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!

Country Walking Magazine (UK) - - #walk1000miles Update -

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!

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