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May 1967 saw troubled times for Brentford FC.

QPR wanted to buy the Griffin Park club and merge the 2 together...

this was fiercely fought at the time by the then fans and players. It culminated in a protest walk from Brighton to Brentford (around 62 miles)

Around 30 started the walk, only 6 made it, the first to finish being Tommy Higginson, a Brentford 1st team player...

With awareness high, the merger was blocked and BFC fought on for another day.

This year, the 40th Anniversary will be marked by 70 Bees fans starting the walk. It will take approximately 16 hours.
Walkers will be joined 10 miles out and for the last mile by masses of other Bees fans, on the Sunday.
The walkers will leave Brighton after the FA Cup final on Saturday 19th May.

I am doing the walk.

All I would ask of any interested party is to spread this news about....awareness is all we are seeking (although any money would be gratefully received !)

cheers !!!

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ps any advice on a chaffing reduction tip would be most helpful !!!

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Don't use wooden legs. Splinters play havoc with my lobes smile

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All the best mate.

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Good Luck mate

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Chafing ?

I think you'll find female athletes use Vaseline on the nips to stop chafing !

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Get some proper walking socks and take some anti-blister bits in case you feel one coming on.

Best of luck.

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Slough Town do a sponsored walk to the last away game of every season. A couple of years back we walked to Worthing. There was six of us doing it - I was one. We spread it over three days and it was a total of sixty three miles.

Vaseline is the key to avoiding chaffing and I found it does also help reduce blisters.

I don't envy you trying to do it in 16 hours. Best of luck.

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Let us know how quick you do it - I'll be impressed if you do it in 16 hours!

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Thanks for all the support...

40 of us started the walk, on Brighton seasfront, at 6pm.

Terry Butcher saw us off, with a rousing speech..

sadly, I could only make 45 miles, before my legs gave up.
I have done 13 hours and was struggling for 5 miles.

11 Bees fans finished...between 14 and 20 hours.

We are set to have raised around £3-4 grand for the club and for the CRY, heart disease charity.

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Good effort....Congratulations to those who finished!

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Well done to all that took part. 60 miles in that time is a real slog!!!! I've done 39 miles in 9 hours.frown

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thanks guys....I coped until I got to Dorking....then realised, I would not finish until Monday (over 30 hours) at the rate I was walking.

I am gutted that I couldnt finish the walk, but there will be other challenges for me to make amends....

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Dorking!!!!!!...You sure BigJR didn't lure you off the walk with a promise of a pint?............A promise is all it would be! laugh

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I got a little put off, as you approach Dorking, from the Horsham/Cowfold direction..you are greeted with a giant c0ck, on a roundabout.

It's quite a site...

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It is frustrating when you can't complete something but, bligh, 45 miles is quite an achievement, well done fella.

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thanks LMU

the next challenge I am doing, is a more sedate bike ride around North Cornwall.

11 pubs, 11 pints, 11 miles, 11 hours


thats the challenge !

I have until July to practise

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That giant Cockrell on Deepdene roundabout is quite a bone of contention here in Dorking.

Needless to say it has already attracted some local lads and lassies to place eggs and chicks underneath it !

It does represent our town's badge, the Dorking C0ck.

(No bright comments, perleeeez !)

Well done Greg ! You would have been welcomed in our local for a pint if we'd known !


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What's the name of your local John?

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If we're in Dorking, we normally use the Bulls Head.

Where we live, we have our own (anti-) Social Club.




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