Our June One in a Million has been awarded to 82-year-old Rambler, Geoff Forward.
“I have always enjoyed country walking and find it satisfying to play some small part in achieving the main objective of The Ramblers which is to preserve the nation’s public rights of way network and to encourage all members of the public to get out into the open air and explore their national heritage on foot.”
The Ramblers’ Association was formed in 1935 and Geoff has been involved with them for over half a century. He began his walking activities as a teenager and said: “I used Youth Hostels for overnight accommodation on our weekend hikes. I am 82 and still at it, so there must be something about rambling!”
Geoff belongs to the Basildon Greenway Group and he has served on the committee in various capacities since its formation in 1991. Currently Basildon Greenway organises two walks per week, a short half-day walk of about 4-6 miles on Tuesdays and a longer all-day walk of 10-12 miles, including a lunch break, at weekends.
Last month Geoff was involved with the first ever Stepping Out Campaign in Basildon. The campaign is an outdoor adventure designed for carers and the people they care for. It was run in partnership with Sport for Confidence , the Baildon Greenway Group, Active Essex and Coach Core apprentices. The Stepping Out event in Essex will take place in Southend in July.