Tom’s Trek 2022 – Hard Times

At the end of August, Jane and I, along with our dog Moses, will set off on another sponsored walk for ZANE. Little did we know when we undertook our first walk from London to Edinburgh, that some thirteen years later we would still be walking for ZANE, having clocked over 2,900 miles.

It is the unwavering support and encouragement of you, ZANE’s loyal supporters, that drives us to continue walking. That, and because the situation in Zimbabwe is more desperate now than it was when we first started walking thirteen years ago. We simply can’t afford not to walk; the hungry and helpless in Zimbabwe rely on ZANE to survive.

Life in Zimbabwe is a devastating cycle of fighting for survival. With elections looming next year, the fight is likely to get harder. So we walk to put food in the cupboards of impoverished pensioners; to provide them with basic medication for hypertension, diabetes, asthma; we walk to show them that they have not been forgotten. We walk to send a message that we understand, it could so easily be us.

Please know that we never take for granted the loyalty and generosity of ZANE supporters; it is your donations that make our work possible. Funds raised are spent cautiously and methodically by our dedicated and steadfast team in Zimbabwe.

Thank you

Tom Benyon OBE

Blog

You can read Tom’s walking blog online here.

Or download a pdf of the printed version, complete with cartoons, here.

Sponsor Tom

You can sponsor Tom via JustGiving here: Walk 2022 Sponsorship


Please contact us if you would like to walk with Tom and Jane at any point.

The number to contact the walkers and driver during the walk itself is 01865 693016. During the walk, this number will be set to divert to the driver’s mobile.

Tom and Jane aim to start walking at 9 am each day.

The Route


You can download an OS map (pdf and Word versions) of the route for each day from DropBox by clicking here. There are also GPX files for those who want to download them for use in their favourite GPS app.

The table below gives the start points for each day. These are also the end points for the previous days. The final column gives the What3Words references. This is a clever system used by the emergency services to pinpoint locations. To use it, please download the What3Words app or go to www.what3words.com and enter the reference in the search box.

The number to contact the walkers and driver during the walk itself is 01865 693016. During the walk, this number will be set to divert to the driver’s mobile.

 

Day
Date
Start Point
(9am)
distance (km)
distance (m)
day of week
What3Words reference
1
31-Aug
St
Mary’s Catholic Church, Cricklade SN6 6DA
15.72
9.75
we
///budgeted.waddle.repeats
2
01-Sep
St
John the Baptist, Inglesham, Lechlade SN6 7RD
15.74
9.76
th
///teaches.activates.easily
3
02-Sep
Tadpole
Bridge, Buckland Marsh SN7 8RF
15.57
9.65
fr
///fury.attitudes.craft
4
03-Sep
The
Ferryman Inn, Bablock Hythe, Witney OX29 5AT
15.44
9.57
sa
///executive.twinkling.botanists
5
04-Sep
Port
Meadow South Parking, Walton Well Road, Oxford OX2 6ED
17.28
10.71
su
///item.inform.regard
6
05-Sep
Abingdon
Bridge, Abingdon OX14 3NN
16.21
10.05
mo
///sting.less.round
7
06-Sep
Jn
of Henley Rd/ Wharf Rd, Shillingford OX10 7DB
15.96
9.90
tu
///ensemble.pine.flocking
8
07-Sep
REST
DAY
0.00
we
9
08-Sep
The
Swan, Streatley RG8 9HR
17.42
10.80
th
///developed.intelligible.joggers
10
09-Sep
Thameside
Promenade Carpark, Reading RG1 8BD
15.76
9.77
fr
///knee.maker.frozen
11
10-Sep
Henley
Bridge, Henley-on-Thames RG9 3HG
14.96
9.28
sa
///publisher.guides.tape
12
11-Sep
Grossmore
Recreation Ground, Marlow SL7 1QF
15.85
9.83
su
///essential.carrots.progress
13
12-Sep
Eton
Dorney West Car Park, Eton Dorney SL4 6QR
17.41
10.79
mo
///thing.paid.cabin
14
13-Sep
Runnymede
Pleasure Ground TW20 0AD
15.73
9.75
tu
///trucks.jazz.aspect
End
at
Walton
Bridge Carpark, Walton Ln, Walton-on-Thames TW17 8LY
///vocal.match.former

Details of previous walks:
2021
2020
2019
2018
Earlier walks can be found at www.walkforzimbabwe.com.

© 2022
ZANE - Zimbabwe a National Emergency
Registered Charity No: 1112949

company number 05604011
Registered address:
2 Church Street, Bladon, Oxon OX20 1RS

 

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