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Toddler marathon

16 November 2012

WHILE good cyclists and walkers were riding and striding between the historic churches around their part of Truro diocese, in support of the Historic Churches Trust, the young children of Stoke Climsland were toddling around their extensive churchyard.

Under a blue sky and a hot sun, more than 100 mums, dads, grandmas, grandpas, and older siblings escorted their little ones on what was, for some of them, a marathon. Members of WOW (Whizzkids On Wednesdays) were doing their bit. By the time the crocodile had made its unsteady way along the paths between the gravestones, the 15 sponsored walkers (including some from the parish of Linkinhorne), who had tackled a seven-mile walk through magnificent scenery from Upton Cross, were arriving back at the church.

So were the cyclists, who had started with breakfast before tackling a 15-mile ride, calling at all the churches on the way. (They missed one, I am told - St Mary's, Callington - and had to go back.) At the church, when they finished, there was a "typically splendid Cornish cream tea", my correspondent says, and such a warm atmosphere of fun and friendship that they are determined to do it all again next year.

 

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