'Doubling' The Across Wales Walk
'Doubling' the Across Wales Walk: making an un-supported crossing from Aberystwyth to the start of the event at Anchor, then completing the full event - 90 miles total.
Three 'supermen' at Aberystwyth before
starting their double-crossing in 1998:
Philip Gwilliam, Richard Rosser and Clive Lungmuss
Photo: courtesy of Richard Rosser
In the mid-1980s a strange and, to some, inexplicable form of self-flagellation made its mark on the Across Wales, that of doubling the event i.e. starting at Aberystwyth on the Friday before and walking through the night to the start, then walking back to Aberystwyth with the normal event. Neville Tandy was the first to complete a double amongst his 30+ other conventional completions. However, the foremost exponent of this taxing ritual is Richard Rosser who, since 1986, has doubled the event fifteen times! Others have also risen to the challenge: Peter Stevenson, Peter Gretton and Clive Lungmuss have shared this ‘madness’ with Richard on a number of occasions, often sharing the same mid-Wales barn for one hour of snatched-sleep on the ‘outward’ leg. However, 1997 and 1998 saw a remarkable double from Philip Gwilliam: not only did Philip complete a double crossing, but he also set the joint quickest time on that years event!
2000 saw another 'double' first: Susan Denham-Smith completed the first ever female double crossing of the Across Wales walk. A superb achievement!
|Susan Denham-Smith completes the first ever female double crossing of the Across Wales Walk|
Of course, Roderick Hollands raised the stakes even further in 2003 with the first ever Triple Crossing of the AWW! Please see the report for that year. in 2014 this feat was replicated by Brian Layton.
In 2003 the following criteria were agreed for recognition of a Double Crossing:
It is proposed that double crossings involving, for example, a night's rest in accommodation including the New Memorial Hall at Clun will be separately recognised as 'Consecutive Crossings'.
If the idea of walking 90 miles in 20 - 36 hours interests you, then contact Stuart Lamb who will be able to put you in contact with the regular 'double crossers'. If you decide to go ahead, please indicate your intention on the entry form.
Top of page.