London LDWA needs you for Dorset 100

Dear All

Susanne Waldschmidt is organising London's support for the 100 this year and has asked me to pass on this call for volunteers to help.
It will be held on the weekend of Friday 27th May to Monday 30th May and  volunteers are needed for Headquarters.
As usual our volunteer weekend will involve a subtle blend of walking, washing-up*, Wetherspoon’s and of course Weymouth.  London Group will be helping out at headquarters and there will also be time for a Social Walk.

Headquarters where the event starts and finishes is at the Wey Valley School Upwey, about two miles north of the seaside resort of Weymouth.  Unlike the checkpoints we have serviced in the past it should be really easy to get to. Upwey station is about half a mile from the school and is on the main line between Weymouth and Waterloo.

We will need volunteers to help out before the start of the event from 7am to 10am on the Saturday mainly with car parking duties, making sandwiches and pouring tea.  We will be free the rest of the day for a Social Walk.  London Group will then be on duty from 10am Sunday morning to 10am Monday morning. This period will be split into 3 shifts so volunteers can catch some sleep.   Our duties will involve greeting and supporting returners, helping serve food, clearing tables, emptying rubbish, monitoring loos and showers, dealing with lost property, checking carparks. Finally last but not least catering.  (Luckily this will not involve cooking vast quantities of pasta)

Our multi-skilled forces have faced many challenges in the past and I am sure our legendary grace and humour will be a great asset.  What better way to finish the 100 than to be meeted and greeted  by our Luverley London Group.

* I have been told that there is an enormous dish washer.

In spite of overnight duties on Sunday/Monday this should be a great weekend away in a very beautiful area with a chance to support our London group champions. Can you resist the call?

Do fill in the enclosed application form/questionnaire ASAP and return to



Friday 27th May
8pm                                       London group meet up for meal in Weymouth (tba)

Saturday 28th May
7am to 10am                      Help out at Headquarters            
10am                                  Watch start of 100
10am onwards                    SOCIAL WALK
7.30pm                                Evening meal at Headquarters (Free to all volunteers)

Saturday night will be free for sleeping             

Sunday 29th May                              Shift 1    10am to 6pm
Sunday/Monday                              Shift 2    6pm to 2am
Monday 30th May                            Shift 3    2am to 10am

(There can be a little flexibility depending on how many of us there is)

Now the practical stuff. 


OPTION 1     The cheap option.
There will be a room set aside at headquarters for volunteers (we will not be sharing with the ‘great unwashed’), which will be available from Friday 8pm until the finish of the 100.  You will need sleeping bags and mats.  Food will be available, on a self-service basis, during the event, as well as a help yourself breakfast for those helping out on the Saturday morning and sandwiches for the Social Walk.
On the Saturday Dorset Group will provide an evening meal, which will give us a chance to get to know them.

OPTION 2     The comfort option
There is a Premier Inn in Weymouth and also Dorchester. 
Lots of B&Bs as well in Weymouth.  However remember that those doing the 100 will also want accommodation on Friday and Sunday night but not Saturday night.  Maybe a chance to do a Time Share with one of the walkers.  If anyone is interested I will try and co-ordinate this. 

You may find the following web-site useful

Cheap train tickets usually come available 3 months in advance.  I will provide information nearer the time.  If you are travelling by car and have places available that would be great.

There will be a chance for a Full Social Walk on Saturday and the beautiful Dorset Coast will make a nice change from the Capital Ring.
If you know the area well drop me a line. 
We will definitely not be walking on Chesil beach!!!

You can get a lot more information about the event on the website

Hope to see some of you there.

Douglas Robinson

London LDWA -