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Bradley Stoke man’s marathon charity walk to mark employer’s 150th anniversary

Posted on Friday 13th April 2018 at 8:43 pm by SH (Editor)

Photo of Neil Thompson and Wayne Carter holding a Cystic Fibrosis Trust banner outside the National Friendly office

A seasoned long-distance walker from Bradley Stoke is to join two friends on a four-day 140-mile challenge to raise funds for the Cystic Fibrosis Trust.

Neil Thompson has chosen to use the 150th anniversary of his employer, National Friendly, based in Queen Square, Bristol, as an opportunity to raise money for the mutual society’s charity of the year.

He will be joined on the trek, which is scheduled to take place from 16th to 20th April (timed to finish on the actual day of the anniversary), by friends Andrew Bailey and Julian Rigby.

Two years ago, Neil completed the ultra marathon Green Man Challenge around the outskirts of Bristol (45 miles in under 24 hours) with Julian. He followed this last year by joining Andrew on a walk from Bath to Cheltenham (100km in under 24 hours).

National Friendly was formed in Albury, Surrey where the local reverend set up a friendly society to help villagers prepare for the contingency that ill-health might prevent them from working. The Reverend Canon Portal was a keen walker and he and novelist Lewis Carroll often walked the Surrey countryside together.

Now based in the centre of Bristol, what better way to mark the society’s anniversary than to make the physical journey from Albury to Bristol? Better still, the walk hopes to gain publicity and raise money to support research of one of the UK’s most common life-shortening inherited conditions.

The charity was proposed by head of sales and marketing at National Friendly, Wayne Carter, whose own brother and sister died from cystic fibrosis.

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Bradley Stoke man in team attempting 45-mile charity walk around Bristol

Posted on Thursday 13th October 2016 at 10:13 pm by SH (Editor)

L-r: Jamie Bramhall (Corporate Account Manager, Penny Brohn) with charity walkers Rich Carroll, Chris Wroe and Neil Thompson.

On Saturday 15th October four walkers (‘The White Walkers’) will be attempting to walk the 45-mile Community Forest Path, which encircles the city of Bristol, in under 24 hours. By completing their ambitious challenge, the team hopes raise more than £1,000 for local cancer charity Penny Brohn UK.

Neil Thompson, who lives in Bradley Stoke, will be joined by Chris Wroe, Rich Carroll and Julian Rigby. Neil, Chris and Rich all work for National Friendly in Bristol, while Julian has been selected for his navigational skills.

Known by enthusiasts as the Green Man Challenge, completing the walk in under 24 hours qualifies for the title of woodwose, the proper name for the wild men and wild women who haunted the imaginary forests of medieval Europe – and entirely appropriate for anyone mad enough to conquer the Community Forest Path!

The team will be starting and finishing the route at the Clifton Suspension Bridge, walking anti-clockwise through Dundry, Keynsham, Winterbourne Down, Bradley Stoke and Blaise Castle along the way.

Neil says they intend to set off at 5am to try to make the most of daylight hours, but are prepared for lots of walking under torchlight as they closely follow their map.

He adds: “We have tried parts of the route to try to avoid mistakes on the day and have done 30 mile plus walks before, but I guess nothing really prepares you for the rigours of an all-day walk.”

“We’ll be armed with plenty of food and drink, plus plasters, spare socks etc. to see us through.”

“We may have to take a break because it’s so hard walking cross country, especially when it’s dark and the grass is getting longer, but we are focussed on the 24 hour deadline.”

Neil explains that he chose to take on the challenge of the Community Forest Path because it takes in both Pensford (where he’s from originally) and Bradley Stoke (where he lives now).

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Wildlife expert to lead Three Brooks Nature Reserve walk

Posted on Tuesday 7th June 2011 at 6:50 am by SH (Editor)

Three Brooks Nature Conservation Group, Bradley Stoke

Did you know that there is a nature reserve in the heart of Bradley Stoke, home to an astonishing variety of wildlife and right on your doorstep?

A local nature conservation group is inviting residents to join them on a guided walk around the Three Brooks Local Nature Reserve this coming Saturday (11th June), as part of the Bradley Stoke Community Festival celebrations.

The walk will be led by a professional ecologist who will introduce you to the different habitats on the reserve and to the wildlife that depends on them.  By the end of it you will be able to tell your cinnabar caterpillars from a cabbage white, learn why teasels are important to both goldfinches and billiard tables, and know why you shouldn’t eat anything with purple spots.

The group says it can’t predict in advance exactly what you will see (or hear) but promises a fascinating insight into the natural world.

The walk, which is free and open to everyone, commences from outside the Leisure Centre at 10am and will finish by 1pm, in plenty of time for you to join in the festival fun at the Jubilee Centre.

It will be conducted at a “fairly leisurely pace” and will mainly take place on surfaced paths, but please be aware that it will also take in the reserve’s woodlands and grasslands so terrain will be uneven and suitable footwear should be worn.

Related link: Three Brooks Nature Conservation Group

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Bristol school group latest to take on the Green Man Challenge

Posted on Wednesday 23rd June 2010 at 6:50 am by SH (Editor)

Staff from Bristol Cathedral Choir School

A group of teachers from a Bristol secondary school have become the latest to complete a long distance walking route that passes through Bradley Stoke.

The Green Man Challenge follows the course of the 45-mile Community Forest Path around Bristol and anyone completing the route in under 24 hours (walking) or 12 hours (running) is entitled to receive a certificate and have their name entered in a book of honour.

The current record of 7 hours 19 minutes was set in 2009 by ultra distance runners Martin Beale and Martin Indge.

The group of eight staff from Bristol Cathedral Choir School set out from Ashton Court on Friday afternoon and passed through Bradley Stoke early on Saturday morning.

The photo above shows the group taking a short rest at Sherbourne’s Brake, just off Baileys Court Road.

Seven of them went on to complete the challenge in around 21 hours, with the eighth having to drop out at Easter Compton with sore feet!

The challenge was staged to mark the retirement of teacher Peter Bond, who has served for 40 years at the central Bristol school. The walk also honoured the memory of David Perry, another long-serving teacher, who passed away earlier in the year.

Funds raised through the walk will go towards to the installation of a well in a Ugandan village.

Bristol Cathedral Choir School was formerly an independent fee-paying school but became a state-funded academy in September 2008. It has since become Bristol’s most over-subscribed state secondary school.

Entry into Year 7 is open to children from a wide geographical area that incorporates Bradley Stoke and many other towns beyond the city boundary.

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