Charity walker an army of one

Barmy Army founding member and charity fundraiser Robin Moore enjoys a beer after completing a walk around part of the South Island to coincide with the first cricket test between England and New Zealand in Dunedin next week. Photo by Peter McIntosh.
Barmy Army founding member and charity fundraiser Robin Moore enjoys a beer after completing a walk around part of the South Island to coincide with the first cricket test between England and New Zealand in Dunedin next week. Photo by Peter McIntosh.
The Barmy Army - or at least one of them - invaded Dunedin yesterday.

Robin Moore (55), a founding member of the English cricket fan organisation, walked into the Octagon just after noon, completing his latest charity fundraising venture.

Minutes later he was sitting in the Terrace Bar, enjoying a drink of his favourite southern tipple and reflecting on his walk around part of the South Island.

He began his South Island adventure in Christchurch on January 27, walking across the Southern Alps and down the West Coast for the first time, then crossing the Haast Pass and Crown Range, and continuing through Central Otago to Dunedin.

His previous walks to raise money for cancer-related charities have included at least eight journeys around the UK, with treks around Europe, Australia, South Africa, and New Zealand, from Cape Reinga to Bluff.

Asked how his latest walk compared, he replied ''my camera is basically worn out''.

''It is one of the most beautiful walks I have ever done,'' Mr Moore, of Northamptonshire, said.

His walking aim was to reach a pub at the end of each day, as ''that means I can have a meal and a jug of ale, and I always ask if I can put my tent up''.

It also meant he could watch some of the recent limited over action between New Zealand and England, although he was more excited by test cricket.

And his predictions for the first test match beginning at the University Oval on March 6?''England are poor test match starters. They generally lose the first test, so New Zealand are definitely in with a chance.''

However, he warned southern cricket fans the Barmy Army was likely to be out in full support of its team.

While in Dunedin he planned to participate in the Relay For Life on March 9 at Forsyth Barr Stadium, joining the Crown Relocations team, the aptly named World Wide Wanderers.

- hamish.mcneilly@odt.co.nz

Big trek

Well done, that man. When you say the young fella walked across the Southern Alps, do you mean he went over the Arthurs?

[Robin Moore's blog can be seen here - Ed]

 

 

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