Howard’s Way Walk Fundraiser

The sign of the Ridgeway walk

For the 10th anniversary of the Howard’s Way Walk, a group of events professionals will be tackling the Ridgeway, from Wiltshire to Herfordshire, as part of a long-standing mission to raise money for pancreatic cancer research.

 

This annual fundraising effort gathers together a collection of colleagues, associates and industry friends to take on a tough challenge, raising both awareness and money to help fight pancreatic cancer. This year’s walk will cover a total of 87-miles over the Ridgeway over the weekend of 8-10 June, mirroring the route of the first of the Howard’s Way Walks 10 years ago – but this time starting from the stone circle at Avebury and finishing at Ivinghoe Beacon.  It will be the final big push in a series of eight long walks and two shorter, industry-wide ‘netwalking’ events. Funds raised so far have topped £350,000.

 

The Howard’s Way Walk initially began in 2008, when freelance logistics manager Howard Kerr planned to tackle the challenge of the Ridgeway’s tough terrain. His passion for walking all over the UK had been a big part of his life, making this a perfect way to honour his endeavours and help support research into pancreatic cancer.

 

A team of 12 industry professionals completed the first walk in just three days; half the recommended six-day route time. Kerr was determined to raise money to fight the disease that was to take his life later in 2008. Its second year saw participant numbers double, and the event has continued to grow since, while maintaining a number of core walkers, including Simon Burton, Managing Director, Exposure Communications; Andrew Dixey, JLR Global Government & Utility Strategy Manager, Jaguar Land Rover; Lee Farrant, Founder, 3Flags; Laura Moody, Managing Director, Blondefish, and Gary White, Managing Director, White Productions. 

 

These unique events have given industry professionals a great excuse to get together, whilst raising money in support of the Pancreatic Cancer Research Fund.

 

Our very own Managing Director Nick Grecian, Howard’s brother-in-law, has led the following walks in Kerr’s memory on some of most spectacular and challenging landscapes in Britain: 

2008: The Ridgeway 87 - Miles

2009: Hadrian’s Wall Path - 84 Miles

2010: South Downs Way - 100 Miles

2011: Dales Way - 84 Miles

2012: Cotswold Way - 104 Miles

2013: West Highland Way - 96 Miles

2015: London - 10 miles

2016: London - 10 miles

2016: Two Moors Way - 117 Miles (101 for most)

2018: The Ridgeway - 87 Miles

 

Grecian commented: “It takes a lot of organising and the fundraising gets harder each year, but our 10th anniversary seems a logical time to wind it up. We’ve raised over £350,000 in total, which has helped make serious inroads in terms of achieving earlier diagnosis of the disease. The researchers are not there yet, but there is real cause to believe we’ll see a huge improvement declared in the near future.

 

“It has been an interesting journey, literally – one with a genuine mix of pain and pleasure. A huge sense of achievement, some amazing friendships forged and a lot of self-discovery for those participating…and all in a great cause!”

This year’s final walk will be undertaken by a total of 30 people, of whom 18 will tackle the full route. They will be supported as usual by Howard’s widow, Jane, who ensures that there are comfort stations set up along the route to provide the walkers with plenty of energy-rich food and drinks.

 

We wish the best of luck to everyone tackling the Ridgeway and look forward to hearing about how they got on! If you’d like to join us in supporting the team on this mighty challenge, then head over to the dedicated Virgin Money Giving page: https://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/Team/HowardsWayWalk2018

 

Be sure to ‘like’ our Facebook page to ensure that you keep up to date with the progress of the final Howard’s Way Walk in 2018, as well as news about our event crew UK!

 

A group of event professionals taking part in the annual Howard’s Way Walk
Gary White on the Howard's Way Walk
A comfort station set up along the Howard’s Way Walk

About the author

Managing Director, Gallowglass Group

Having joined his brother in founding the company in 1996, Nick set up Gallowglass Scotland, the first in a series of regional UK offices. He has subsequently led the company’s expansion into new markets – including television, theatre and festivals – at the same time broadening its international offering. He has overall responsibility for the Group’s five* companies and oversees Gallowglass’ international activity.

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