The walk….looming large on my horizon

Looking towards the Clayton area of Bradford, 21st April 2019

Only 3 more days left to the start of the walk…it looks like day 1 may be a bit wet, but we are getting prepared for any eventuality. The benefits of the training have been two-fold: 1) I have been feeling good, fitter than usual, and 2) the sights around Bradford when the sun is out can be amazing…

The author, 21st April 2019

I am delighted to be joined by my son, Daniel, on much of the training now as he is doing the full walk with me, but as a fit young man who plays football and rugby, giving me useful advice.

Dan, 21st April 2019

I know it is going to be tough, but I find myself more determined than ever to complete the challenge. I am inspired by many people – family, friends, colleagues, fellow football fans, businesses, and the kindness of strangers, particularly on social media – but mostly by all associated with Pakati schools, either staff or students past and present, or members of the community. The encouragement has been amazing. Thank you all.

Towards Clayton, 21st April 2019


My name is Chris Walker, and between January 1989 and September 1991 I worked, through VSO (Voluntary Service Overseas), at Pakati Secondary School in Murehwa South district in Zimbabwe. I was a Maths teacher for 2 years, the Acting Head for the last 8 months there. I have also taught in Botswana & the UK, had 4 years working for VSO, and have been a Civil Servant in Bradford since 2005.

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