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
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
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.