Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow....

At the naughty corner How high should that post be? Into the whiteout Line up at the start Pilgrims Cross Towards Peel Tower
Two Crosses Marshalls Walk. Sunday January 10th 2010. 9 Brave Souls.

This is a case of every picture telling a story. The brave 9 completed the 18 mile route but were met with bitter conditions, thigh high snow and slippy paths. The time was two hours longer than normal which shows how hard the going was. The conditions played a large part in the decision to postpone the main event, the safety of all entrants being of paramount importance. The event will now be held on March 21st 2010.

WIGAN HAS NO PIER – RECCE Sunday January 17th 2010

Norman was asked if he had any low level walks up his sleeve that he, Hilary and John could brave the ice and snow and try out on a Sunday left vacant by the cancellation of the Two Crosses Challenge event. Well of course he had! Word got round and lo and behold eleven of us met up at Haigh Hall car park. Eager to walk off those Christmas Festivities pounds were, in addition to the above three, Reg, Neil, Howard, Dave & Alma, Vi, Bob and Viv. Dicey it certainly was but we survived and had a great day. The weather was indeed kind to us and the walk was, as Norman says, “a cracker”. From the delights of Haigh Hall we traipsed along the Leeds/Liverpool Canal, through the ancient Wigan golf club (1347 above the clubhouse door), through the Hall grounds again approaching the magnificent, stately residence up the driveway, round towards Blackrod and Westhoughton on the Rotary Way, finishing with a walk down the valley of Borsdane Wood, a place which never ceases to astound no matter what the weather or time of year. Norman educated en route with antidotes and facts that he had researched on various places of interest. Watch out for this one when it appears in the schedule later in the year.

A little coup for the club – the last time this route was tried one or two stiles were in urgent need of repair. Reg brought this to the attention of the appropriate bodies and today we were able to walk through several brand new kissing gates!!!

Well Done Reg and a Big Thank You to Norman!!!

PS All of us today were left in no doubt whatsoever that the correct decision had been made in postponing the Two Crosses.
Approaching Haigh Hall Captain's Salute Frozen canal The line up at the start Time for Tea Watch out for Ice