Purbeck Odyssey 2015


Once again we were lucky with the weather for the annual Leukaemia Busters Purbeck Odyssey 2015 sponsored walks.  This year brought over 80 walkers to the Norden Park and Ride outside Corfe Castle to take part in their choice of walk from the 26 mile Marathon Challenge to the 7 mile Whale Walk.  Please go to Gallery to view photographs taken on the day, you may likely be in one!

The Marathon runners and walkers set off at 8.00a.m. and by midday there were walkers wearing Purbeck Odyssey T-shirts scattered throughout the Purbeck countryside and coastline.  Some took the  Swanage Steam Railway to Swanage from Norden and then walked back; others walked to Swanage, had lunch by the sea and then took the steam train back to Norden.  Others simply walked to Swanage, then onto St Aldhelms Head and then back around to Swanage; while the Marathon Challengers did a 6 mile loop east of Corfe before setting off down to Swanage and around the coastline.  

Keith BakerFirst back to the Registration Tent was, once again, Graham Baker with a time of 5 hrs 20 minutes for the Marathon.  He was followed in by Keith Beauchamp with a time of 6 hrs 30 minutes.  All the other walkers then followed with only one early retirement due to injury.   However, it was the year for ‘Knees’ to be a common complaint!  There should also be a mention of our regular canine participant, Kyle Britton, who took part again this year – dogs are always welcome!

Leukaemia Busters would like to thank all the walkers for their efforts in raising money for the charity by taking part and through sponsorship, which will be used to continue to fund our life-saving research.  A raffle held during the course of the day also raised £252 and there were addition funds raised by sales of merchandise, refreshments and from collecting tins.  Thank you everyone.



Once again this year we could not have held this event with the generous sponsorship of the following companies:

Abbotsbury Childrens’ Farm – Raffle Prize                                                           Team Hind  Team SGH

Brandon Tool Hire – Generator

Camelot Marquees – Marquee, tables and chairs

Cooler Water – Water for the runners plus a cooler

Co-Operative Store, Nursling – Refreshments

Compton Acres – Raffle Prize

Domino’s Pizza, Parkstone – Refreshments

Hi-Tec – 1st Raffle Prize

James Byrne Printers – brochures and posters

Kingston Lacey – Raffle Prize

Marquis Motorhomes – loan of a motorhome                                                        

Palmers Brewery – Raffle Prize                                      

Portsmouth Guildhall – Raffle Prize

Purbeck District Council – use of Norden Park and Ride facilities

Sainsbury’s Lordshill – Refreshments

Singha Beer – Raffle Prize and Refreshments

Southampton Boat Show – Raffle Prize

Swanage Steam Railway – reduced price travel for walkers

Utility Warehouse – sponsorship of the Norden Park and Ride costs

The Raffle Winners were:

1st Prize – Hi Tec Boots of her choice to a value of £100 – Heather Cook        Ist Raffle Prize Heather Cook

2nd Prize – 2 tickets to Southampton Boat Show – Ken Burtenshaw

3rd Prize – 2 tickets to Portsmouth Guildhall for Thriller Live – R Neale

4th Prize – Family Ticket and Cream Tea for Two at Kingston Lacey – Amanda Cowap

5th Prize – Family  ticket to Abbotsbury Children’s Farm – Elizabeth Churchill

6th Prize – Family ticket to Compton Acres – Andy Carpenter

7th Prize – Complimentary Tour of Palmers Brewery – Elizabeth Abbott

8th Prize – A Case of Singha Beer – Justine Frost                                              Raffle Prize Justine

9th Prize – A Bottle of Champagne – Steve Jobling

10th Prize – Chocolates – Brian Parker