Walking for Poustie

This Sunday Mr Jon Wills, Oakham School’s Archivist and OO Club Chairman is setting off from his home in Leicestershire and will be walking to Exeter in Devon, a total of 230 miles. 

 Jon is raising money for Age UK Exeter’s Dementia services and hopes to also promote awareness of this disease.

 He set himself this challenge after seeing his close friend John Poustie of 45 years diagnosed with and suffering from Alzheimers. John Poustie was an outstanding sportsman and taught at Exeter school where on retirement he was simply described as a “legend”.

 Jon Wills said, “I am looking forward to the challenge and hope to walk approximately 18 miles a day along mostly minor roads. I aim to reach Exeter on Sunday 20th August. Every mile I walk means more money to help those faced with the difficulties of living with Alzheimers”

 To help Jon’s efforts in raising money and donate to this charity, click here to visit his fundraising page.

 We will be posting updates of Jon’s journey on this page below.

Good luck!

August 19
Interviewed by ITV West Country news on arrival yesterday and it was broadcast today! You can see the clip here.

August 18
Nearly there! Thanks to all for such incredible support and generosity. Photo is Horseshoes Hockey team August 1982 tour to San Francisco and Vancouver. Poustie is back row second from right. I am crouching down in front of him. My walk for Poustie has been an unforgettable experience for me. Very best wishes to you all.

August 17
3pm - Currently walking along the towpath of the Great Western Canal to Tiverton, very tranquil.

Just met Giles Houston OO close to Wellington in Somerset. 204 miles now done and the sun is shining. Celebrating with a cream doughnut!

August 16
Being Interviewed by Exeter Radio at 11.15am today. Hope to reach Taunton by mid afternoon. 179 miles done. About 50 to go!

08.52am - Leafy mid-Somerset Lane with Taunton way in the distance. 

2.54pm - England's green and pleasuant land, 2 miles to Taunton, phew!

18 miles completed today, total miles = 197. Very pleased only 2 days to go!

August 15
On the road by 8am. The mound at Glastonbury in the far distance. Wonderful!

Nearly there for today. Interesting route - lorry jumping and going through a maize field. Time for some Scrumpy cider!

August 14
Arrived at Shepton Mallet! Another 18 miles covered, total now 164 miles. Feeling quite fit!!!

Downside Abbey. Stunning. Just met a monk who was good friends with Bertie Bowes former Wharflands Housemaster in 1950s! What a small world!

Bath to Shepton Mallet today. Definitely walking more slowly now! Aiming to finish in Exeter by Friday. 

August 13
Walking the lovely Fosse Way to Bath and passed this intriguing sign!

August 12
Outtside the Red Lion at Cricklade! Off to Sherston today.

August 11

Up and out at sunrise this morning! 

August 10

Left at 7.30am today feeling good. Very sunny and I am just passing near Bloxham School. I am making very good time today and I've reached Chipping Norton - it's a very busy road, hence I'm not in the picture! Cracking on south for a few more hours. More donations being given along the way; people are so generous.

August 9
Clean socks and ready to go from Banbury to Chipping Norton early tomorrow morning.  A huge thank you to the lady in the launderette for making a donation.

August 9
Ahead of schedule and as it is pouring with rain, looks like it may be a rest day unless it stops by lunchtime. 

August 8
Took a wrong turn and did some extra miles, which now total 70. I am now relaxing in the Banbury Best Western after a very challenging walk in the rain!!

Outside a National Trust property 10 miles NE of Banbury

August 7
I walked 22 miles today and the last hour was tough. Finished at 6.15pm.

August 6
Day one and a distance of 28 miles covered! First stop Market Harborough.



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