Did you hear that? It was the sound of the admission door to next year’s Hadrian’s Walk clanging shut.
Sunday was the deadline for people confirming whether they were coming or not and, with the exception of a few stragglers, I’ve now heard from everyone that I was expecting to.
I’ve decided against chasing people up any further. The level of badgering I’ve already engaged in comes close to earning me a whole bunch of restraining orders. If you really want to come and are worrying you’ve missed the boat don’t worry however, you can still email me and we’ll see what we can do. i just can’t promise anything.
So here’s the lineup, and it’s a very exciting one. In no particular order:
- Dan Hughes (me!), from All That Comes With It
- Oli Walker, who came on the original Dales Walk
- Cathrine Sinclair, a friend of Oli’s
- Richard Cockill, fiance of Cathrine
- David Graham, a veteran of both the Dales Walk and the Cumbria Way
- Craig Kelly, a veteran of both the Dales Walk and the Cumbria Way
- James Muscroft (Mushy), who came on the original Dales Walk
- Rich Brook, a veteran of both the Dales Walk and the Cumbria Way
- Clair, from Moon In The Gutter
- Michael Clarke, from Green Tea Ice Cream
- Jo, from Jo Beaufoix
- Nic, Jo’s friend
- Erin, from Fierce Beagle
- Noah, Erin’s husband
- Idaho Dad, from A Family Runs Through It
- Rajiv, Idaho Dad’s friend
- JJ Daddy-O, from JJ Daddy-O
- Archie Malcolm, my father-in-law
- Arjan, from Dutchnid
- Martin, from Xbox4NappyRash
- Josie, from Life in Biscuit
- David, Josie’s husband
- Rich Bassinder, a veteran of both the Dales Walk and the Cumbria Way
- Ian, from Single Parent Dad
- Emma, Ian’s sister
- Helen, a friend of my wife Kerry
- Tony, Helen’s husband
- Sherry, from ImPerceptibility
- Steve, Sherry’s husband
- Whit, from Honea Express
- Tricia, Whit’s wife
- NYC Watchdog, from A Pile of dog Bones
- Poppy, from Poppy Cedes
- Ed, from Zoe’s Dad
- Maura, Ed’s wife
And the part timers who’ll be hopefully joining us for just a day or two:
That’s thirty seven walkers in total. thirty seven! Can you believe it! Thank you all so much for agreeing to come along. You’re doing a good thing here.
We’ve a mix of twenty four males and thirteen females with ages ranging from early twenties to late fifties. We’ve got people from England, Scotland, Ireland, America and Holland. We’ve got the personnel to start our own healthcare system: a paramedic, a doctor, and a couple of nurses; our own criminal justice system: a superior court judge, a case builder, and a couple of policemen; and an education system: a university professor and a teaching assistant. But that’s not all, we’ve also got writers, editors, stay-at-home parents, managers, bankers and unemployed bums. As my old cultural studies lecture might say: we have a true microcosm of modern society.
It’d be really good if Team Ocelot can try to get to know each other a little bit before we set off. It will reduce any social awkwardness when we all come together for the first time. Idaho Dad has very graciously agreed to be appointed a sort of net based social secretary and we’ve come up with a number of relatively painless ways of starting to break the ice. All the walkers will no doubt be hearing from him in a couple of weeks.
In the meantime though it’d be a good idea for everybody to add all the blogs listed above to their feedreader, blogroll, or bookmark folder. Even if you’re not going on the walk there isn’t one amongst them isn’t worth a read. And of course if you’re not already checking out the Hadrian’s Walk blog: http://hadrianswalk.org then I urge you to do so as I’m going to start posting organizational stuff on there rather than cross post it here.
And finally any of the bloggers coming on the walk should feel free to display the badge of honor below on their blogs in order to alert the world to their heroic status as a Hadrians Walker. If you need any help writing the html or hosting the image then email me and I’ll give you a hand.