Thursday, 11 August 2016

Tour des Marches 2016 Entry News

News from HQ at Felhampton is that we've reached our 150 entry limit, but we're accepting another 15 entries to cover the 10% no-shows on the day. Enter now!

Saturday, 2 April 2016

Tour des Marches Entry Form downloads now available

As promised, Word and PDF versions of the 2016 Tour des Marches Event Rules and Entry Form are now available on the appropriate page (see above).

A reminder that online entry is now available via:

Tour des Marches Online Entry at SiEntries

(Online entry system provided by SPORTident UK)

You'll be asked for certain details in order to create a Login, but as you'll see from exploration of their website, the variety of outdoor events using their system is considerable and it does simplify entering events that use a pre-entry system.

It's not for everyone and I'm sure that the local Felhampton postman will look forward to delivering a number of entry envelopes to Tour des Marches HQ.

Wednesday, 23 March 2016

It's Sunday 11 September 2016, for the Tour des Marches Challenge Walk

Sunday 11th September, 2016

A wedding booking at the Wistanstow Village Hall, means this year we've had to resort to a Sunday for our walk through the Welsh Marches. Congratulations to the couple in question from all at Tour des Marches HQ. We do wonder if they’d like a walk the next day?

Especially for the 10th edition, you can enter electronically via the Sportident website.

Meanwhile, for those who prefer the fast disappearing world of doing things, ‘old school’, the Event Rules and Entry Form will magically appear on here in a few days.

Friday, 18 March 2016

2016 News coming soon

Date and entry information for the 2016 event will appear here shortly.

Tuesday, 15 September 2015

2015 Finishers List and Report

The 2015 Finishers List is now on the appropriate page - see above

Here's Phil's brief report on the 9th Tour des Marches Challenge Walk:

Well done everyone, thank you for entering the Tour des Marches Challenge Walk (Wistanstow) we hope that you enjoyed it, once again we know that some of you exceeded your personal goals.

For the fifth year running we achieved a full entry, we also managed to arrange the weather again!

As always spirits seemed to be high with lots of stories of people pulling together to help each other along, which is what it’s all about.

If any of you have any tales to tell please get in touch. We gathered a few comments at the end which we will place onto the website.
During the next week or so the South Shropshire Journal and the Ludlow Advertiser will carry some pictures and a small report. Pictures may also appear at some point on

The organisers would like to thank, Britpart Ltd, Craven Arms; Outdoor Depot, Church Stretton; Woods Brewery, Wistanstow; Wenlock Water, Wolverton; Hough & Son (Butchers), Church Stretton; Post Office, Craven Arms; the ladies of the Village Hall Committee who baked such nice cakes, our super volunteers, the landowners on route and the Firefighters at Clun and Bishop’s Castle for their support and assistance. If you visit any of these places please thank them.

The first finishers were Mel Price (Woolston) and Virgil Barton (High Ercall) in 4hrs 22mins. John Taylor (Wheaton Aston) came in third on 4hrs 41mins just pipping Shaw Pye and Simon Gregg by 1min!

Mel was of course first lady, Kim Braznell (Stourbridge) was next in 5hrs 31mins, followed 20 mins later by Louise Dermont (Shrewsbury).

24 men managed to complete within 6hrs 30mins, and 14 ladies made it within 7hrs 30mins. Well done all.

We are desperately trying to source another mini bus having lost the use of our original vehicle. If anyone can help please get in touch!

Finally a plea for help, we desperately need more helpers, especially at the start, if you think you may like to put something back or know of someone who could assist please let us know.

Hopefully we (you) have raised some money for the Village Hall and the Firefighter’s Charity, and hopefully we can do it all again next year! See you then.

Phil Clarke
Marches Group LDWA

Friday, 11 September 2015

Saturday Forecast

According to the BBC website (updated by them at 22.07):

Image of BBC weather forecast for Sat 12th - SY7 area

It would appear that rain overnight will clear early morning. 

This been Shropshire and the border land (Marches), I personally always check the weather by sticking my head out of the window and seeing if it comes back in wet.

A friendly note; hill country frequently has a climate all its own, not necessarily what the Met Office predicts.

Good luck everyone, we hope you enjoy your day.

Friday, 4 September 2015

Final Instructions

(A reminder from Phil that the walk is full. Final Instructions detailed below.)

9th Tour des Marches (Wistanstow Walk)

Final Instructions


Thank you for your entry, you should have received your walk number via email, if you haven’t please get in touch;

Please note that registration will close at 08.15 for a 08.30 start.

Anyone wishing to start earlier than 08.30, can do so as long as they have notified the organisers at registration.

Don’t forget a light breakfast will be available at the start.

The postcode for Wistanstow is SY7 8DQ, the Village Hall (Walk HQ) will be signposted from the A49 and A489. The Map Reference is Landranger 137/430858. See the Location page for further details.

Please remember to check this website for updates.

The Marches Group of the LDWA look forward to seeing you on September 12th.

Monday, 10 August 2015

2015 Tour des Marches now full

Thanks to all those who have entered this year.

Please note that Final Instructions will be sent by email,
two weeks before the event.