This was Norman's return to the fray after a few setbacks, and 23 people turned up for a walk in his own backyard. Norman addressed the masses then disappeared off to a clinic, leaving June with route instructions. How the LDWA (Long Distance Walkers Association) has changed. Not long ago the 'Plodder' walkslike this one were frowned upon as not being appropriate for 'long distance walkers'. Norman was one who turned up and tried to speed up/extend the walks. Now in his mid 80's and having endured some medical conditions, I think he now realises the benefit of short walks in maintaining the friendship and camaraderie of older members of the club.
JJ and I provided the Timperley contingent on a day that was supposed to be rainy, but wasn't until we'd finished.
JJ and I soon became back markers. Even in their 80's some of these walkers are 'pretty damn quick'.