A Message from the Chairman, Walk the Test Way which took place on Sunday 11th October 2015

What a great day we had, the weather was just superb, as were you our Walkers, and it was wonderful to have some familiar faces with us again, together with a large number of newcomers!

Yet again the WALK created a record attendance there were 709 of you walking with an unprecedented 246 of you walking the Marathon from St Mary Bourne. I followed the Marathon Walkers all the way to the Memorial Park, it is a long way, you were just great and the determination to complete the task was just amazing, I am so pleased and delighted for every one of you.

The “workers” that are the likes of me, those on administration, and the Marshals had a relatively easy time because you at the sharp end gave us very few problems, and the Ambulances thankfully, were virtually redundant.

At the end we were able to “balance the books”, and counted everyone back, the very few who did drop out handed in their tags, we were given a couple of dropped tags and so that made the job easy….so thanks for that too.

We still await our first complaints, well apart from your blisters but I am delighted to say bucketfuls of compliments, but with the aim of constant improvement we would be delighted to hear of any helpful suggestions.

We would love you to share your photographs of the day; you can upload yours to the web site by clicking on the “gallery” tab on the home page, or why not click on the following link to FotoGems at www.fotogems.com in "client area" the passwords to enter are displayed as TESTWAY15A, TESTWAY15B & TESTWAY15C, where you can order digital files or prints.

You can now see a video of this years walk on YouTube see if you are featured here! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w1-7BgPJ2_s .

We are fully aware that you are already anxious to know the date of our next Annual walk which will be on Sunday 9th October 2016 so put a note in your diary now, registration will open on 1st June 2016!

See you next year and thank you once again for joining us, it really is a great day because you made it so, with the key added benefit of earning monies for the Charities that you have chosen to support.

Kind regards

Greg Hall

Fund Raising Chairman Walk the Test Way

Rotary Club of Romsey Test

PS Why not tell your friends what a great day you had on our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/walkthetestway

PPS - We are part of Rotary International in Great Britain and Ireland (RIBI) which is an association of Rotary members, clubs and districts.

It is part of Rotary International, a worldwide organisation with 1.2 million business professionals and community leaders in over 200 countries and geographical areas.

Rotary clubs are based in local communities across the world with its members meeting on a regular basis for fun and friendship and to plan projects that will benefit the lives of others. 

If you would like to know more about our activities please visit our web site http://www.rotaryclubofromseytest.org/index.aspx

Thank you to all of you who have sent us sponsorship from the 2015 Walk, please send any balance as soon as possible, we made an initial payment to all charities who had sponsorship of £500 + in December 2015, balances and smaller sums have now also been sent out.

You can click on the following link Sponsorship Received at 13-02-2016_to see what we have received so far, and we will update from time to time! 

We have sent out reminders and called some walkers to encourage you to send any remaining sponsorship as soon as possible! 


“Our team managed the walk and we were so impressed with the amazing organisation of the day so wanted to pass this on and thank you so much”

“Everyone’s feedback was very positive and thought that it was a very well organised event. Be in touch”.

Mottisfont – “A great improvement over the walk along the road and several walkers said they appreciated the change”

“A massive thank you to the Marshalls for the encouragement and help. An even bigger thank you to the Scouts at Horsebridge - a much needed refreshment stand !!! Fab event - well done”.

“Today's 25.5 mile Walk the Test Way completed in 7hs 40 mins, with a meeting with a cow and an Alien!”

“I just wanted to thank everyone who was involved in organising and looking after us all on the Test Way Walk on Sunday. I can imagine there was a huge amount to do to make sure all the walkers got back safe and sound!
Luckily my friends and I didn't need any first aid care but it was reassuring to know that if we had any problems they were there. I would especially like to thank all the Marshalls along the way who always met us with a cheery smile and encouraging words which, even with aching everything, encouraged us first time Test Way walkers to get to the finish!!
We look forward to being part of the walk again next year!
With very best wishes and many thanks again.”

“Just wanted to say a BIG THANK YOU to all the Rotarians & Volunteers that manned the course on Sunday, and made it such

a great event. I thoroughly enjoyed my day - everyone was so friendly and helpful.

What a lovely way to celebrate my birthday!

Many thanks”

“A BIG THANK YOU - it was a great day and brilliantly organised - will be trying to better the time and money raised next year!”

“Fantastic walk love it and very well organised. Have uploaded some photos I think, but did not see them?”

“Great day. Great walk and very well organised”.

“My 1st time, thoroughly enjoyed it. Marshals were terrific, bring on next year”.

“Very very well organised totally streamlined”

“Really well-marshaled. Laid-back, but also attentive”.

“Very well organised event from beginning to end, even the weather was perfect”

“It was an amazing day and lovely to see everyone as they walked passed. There was such a great community spirit to the day

so thank you so much to everyone who stopped”

“We loved it! So well organized, thank you! See you next year!?

“Thank you for such wonderful organization for the walk on Sunday, everyone was so very caring and helpful. This is the 3rd time I have taken part and a 1st for my Husband but for me it was better if it could have needed to be.

Sponsorship money being collected and will be sent soon”

“I took part in the walk yesterday which I have to say was yet again fabulous and all our team which was around 20 of us had a great day and raised lots of money for our chosen charity”


“Suzanne Michell I feel the dogs should have received a medal or a dog treat
enjoyed the scout tent offering hot dogs and other yummy treats!”


“Very very well organised totally streamlined”

“Just wanted to say thank you, I walked the Test Way Walk (St Mary Bourne to Romsey) on Sunday 11 October. Your organisation was outstanding and all your volunteers friendly, cheerful and helpful. Amazing! Thank you for a wonderful day”


“Me and my mate did the 11 mile walk. It was a fantastic and well organised event.
I was just wondering there was a man taking Photos on the day. Who was he and will the photos get uploaded to your website? Thank you”

From Web Ed - Yes there is now a link on the walk home page!!

Increase the funds available for your charity by encouraging your supporters to register for Walk The Test Way and raise money for you.

Benefit financially by getting your supporters to use Walk The Test Way JustGiving. 

Five walks of differing distance from 5 to nearly 26 miles along the beautiful Test Way to choose from - fully managed and marshalled with St John Ambulance available along the entire route in case of any first aid emergencies. 

Download a presentation here (To ensure that you have all the relevant information about the Walk The Test Way please select the presentation with notes)

PowerPoint Show for Charities 2016

PDF Presentation for Charities 2016 with notes