Saturday, 25 August 2012

Running up that hill

This August has just been about one thing for WITC: the Olympic Games.  We were very fortunate enough to have  tickets for many different events, so we criss-crossed the UK, from Weymouth to Essex to Central London, Cardiff and Olympic Park at Stratford.  We had an amazing time, watching great sports action and soaking up the incredible atmosphere.

It was a shame when the whole show ended on the night of the 12th.  And what a marvellous closing ceremony it was!  We were delighted to discover therefore that two British Olympians - cyclists Bradley Wiggins and Mark Cavendish - will be in action on Dartmoor in September.  The Tour of Britain event arrives in Devon on its penultimate leg on September 15th. Cyclists from around the world will converge on the county on a 106 mile route from Barnstaple to Dartmouth, via Merrivale Hill (pictured) on the Tavistock to Two Bridges road.

Expect road closures and cheering crowds if you are walking this way that weekend.  Perhaps it was fortunate we completed our route up the Walkham valley this past week then.  Up to Dead Lake and Cocks Hill via the Staple Tors.  With a brisk wind to push us along, the slopes did not hold us back.  And like a true King of the mountain (ahem), whoisthechallenger found 29 boxes on the 13 mile day.    Next week the Paralympics start, and we are hoping to witness more great sport and intense competition.  Come on Team GB!