The WoW blog

32 days, 210 miles, 35,000 feet of ascent.

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Our Walkers over Wales

Stacey Reason, (plus Jorge the last week) from Toronto, Canada

Andy Williams, from Singapore


Charlton Thear, from the Canary Islands


Dan Chambers, from San Diego, California


Andrew Wakelin, from Wales


Walkers elsewhere with sponsorship pages

Dianne Berryman, Australia


Lorraine-Baguley, Australia



Other walkers elsewhere

Margaret Carter, Kidderminster, UK
Summer Hamilton Brown, USA
Tanya Rafford-Raper, Australia
Bonnie Wynne, New South Wales, Australia































Author: Created: 07/08/2010 10:40

Walk Blog

Our blog was prepared collectively by all walkers as a big team effort.
Highlights of a Walk over Wales by people with McArdle Disease, a rare metabolic disorder affecting all skeletal muscle. 210 miles and 35,000 feet of ascent, from the Great Orme on the north coast to Cardiff Bay on the south coast.

By Andrew Wakelin on 04/08/2010 22:51

That is it from the team. But see link on the left for the "After Blog". We want to report on how we are feeling and getting on in the weeks following the walk.



The WoW Team
Left to right: Andy, Andrew, Charlton, Dan and Stacey.



By Andrew Wakelin on 02/08/2010 14:15

The final supper; ITV News Wales; Barely concealed emotions; This trip ends, but the journey continues; Summer has arrived.

By Andrew Wakelin on 01/08/2010 17:52

Sun at last; a scenic walk along the Taff; a costume wedding; Castell Coch: Llandaf Cathedral; our penultimate day

By Andrew Wakelin on 31/07/2010 17:44

Charlton's first day; extra mileage; no rain - well a drop or two; stairs, stairs, stairs; where is the path?; three cheers for Marcelo; Sigh!

By Andrew Wakelin on 30/07/2010 20:31

Mayor Dave; Cider Monkey; Chicken Land; Taff Trail; gently falling rain; best cup of tea ever; Charlton arrives!

By Andrew Wakelin on 29/07/2010 16:45

Long, flat, unchallenging, tarmac... what have we become?!

By Andrew Wakelin on 28/07/2010 17:56

Pen y Fan no longer ominous; 77 year old leads way with 10 and 12 year old also in vanguard; rain, wind, climbs, sun; steep, steep, steep; lots of drops; reinforcements; paparazzi Pete; calming words from Jorge “Don’t worry it’ll be much worse than it looks”.

By Andrew Wakelin on 28/07/2010 07:54

The Boar's Head. A walk in the park. Family arrive.

By Andrew Wakelin on 26/07/2010 15:51

Alt Y Clych, Banc Craigol, Rest Day madness, Rob joins, Brian McArdle, on to Brecon - Sunny again!!!

By Andrew Wakelin on 25/07/2010 18:57

Two days in one. Never mind the bullocks! Brecon or bust. Ominous presence. Finally a cold drink at the end of the day. 2011 - 1 week.

By Andrew Wakelin on 24/07/2010 15:46

Not any of us, of course! Back to climbing - exhilarating; 3 stages of the McArdle's Walk; GP joiners; cloudy, but dry - well a slight mist!

By Andrew Wakelin on 23/07/2010 14:25

7.5 miles along the Wye, early finish, no hills, no rain - something missing!

By Andrew Wakelin on 22/07/2010 19:48

Sun Glorious Sun. Mama & Babe. Humbled. Cider is the Solution. Barnes Wallis. Climb every Mountain. 7 1/2 hour Slog.

By Andrew Wakelin on 21/07/2010 17:26

Sunny skies pre-walk - rain during - sunny skies post walk. Car Park Trauma. Royal Welsh Show - Otters, Pole Climbing & BBC Radio Wales.

By Andrew Wakelin on 20/07/2010 19:20

It rained...we walked...we got broke down...we quit! All in all - a great winter's day in the Elan Valley

By Andrew Wakelin on 19/07/2010 19:05
By Andrew Wakelin on 19/07/2010 18:06

Valley, Peak, Valley, Peak, Valley...'nuf said! Wales never looked so beautiful with the sun shining down upon the hills. Poleless. The long way 'round. We didn't get lost today.

By Andrew Wakelin on 18/07/2010 17:24

Lost again. Rain Dance = Success. Rain, heavy rain. Mist, thick mist. Hello. Arrived at Cwm Clyd Isaf.

By Andrew Wakelin on 17/07/2010 20:35

On the missing list!! 7hours 15 minutes. Beautiful scenery and inevitably Dan takes a dip. SUNSHINE.

By Andrew Wakelin on 17/07/2010 20:24

Relocated. Press Release. More Walking on a rest day! Great Evening.

By Andrew Wakelin on 16/07/2010 09:27

Knee high mud. We break open the first aid kit. Sometimes all you can do is laugh. Kendell Mint Cake.

By Andrew Wakelin on 14/07/2010 18:37

An easy day at last. Andy finds another use for his walking pole. Dan goes for a swim. Zig-zagging! Extra mileage.

By Andrew Wakelin on 14/07/2010 06:55

Feeling better on Day 12 compared to Day 1 or 2. Andy arrives from Singapore. Rain, mist, wind. On the up hill, we are typically walking at 1/4 to 1/3 the speed of the average walker

By Andrew Wakelin on 12/07/2010 21:57

The day the sun shone. Farmland, Seaside, Estuary, Meadow, Forest & Mountain. Four legs good - Two legs bad!

By Andrew Wakelin on 11/07/2010 17:45

Dr. Ros Quinlivan joins the team for the days walk! Stacey is back in the game. Is that sunshine we see? Saved by the pole.

By Andrew Wakelin on 10/07/2010 16:55

We're all exhausted from all of this resting! Beware of Stinging Nettles. Barmouth (Abermaw).

By Andrew Wakelin on 10/07/2010 16:43

Rain - 5; Sunlight - 1. Nuclear Fallout. Soggy boggy footsteps! Second wind saves the day once again.

By Andrew Wakelin on 08/07/2010 21:33

Continuing to recover. Can you say BULL! Slow and steady all the way.

By Andrew Wakelin on 08/07/2010 11:19

Safety first! Revisions, revisions, revisions...Hang on for dear life. Who's leading who? Don't panic.

By Andrew Wakelin on 07/07/2010 11:03

One giant step for small step for McArdles. Today's forecast - Rain and highwinds with a sprinkle of fear. Dan & Andrew conquer the cantilever. Where is the cairn? Drink, drink, drink.

By Andrew Wakelin on 05/07/2010 15:53

Keep the comments coming! And then there was one. What flies at 300 ft & frightens the bejebees out of you? 2...1..0 rags. Gwern Gof Uchaf - basic...but fine as long as you don't have to pee in the night. An experience with varying terrain.

By Andrew Wakelin on 04/07/2010 17:21

Change of plans! Today we tested our rain the max. Technique + aerobic capacity = success.


By Andrew Wakelin on 03/07/2010 20:59

How many sheep are in Wales? Conwy Castle is FINALLY behind us. We travelled 8 miles and climbed 360 m. Slow and steady was the name of the game today.

By Andrew Wakelin on 02/07/2010 21:29

Sheffield to all. McArdle's and the wind. Why everyone should have a cuddly dog. Ice cream at Conwy Castle. 5 miles down.