Hadrian's Hike 2016

Hadrian's Wall
Hadrian's Hike Saturday 2 July 2016

This year’s event saw a field consisting of 33 Long distance walkers taking on the 21-mile route and 47 short distance walkers tackling the 12-mile route.

Both routes started and finished at the Twice Brewed Inn.

With two separate routes “in play” on the day the short distance route would take its walkers South to Bardon Mill and checkpoint 1 via Vindolanda Roman Fort and then on to Ridley Hall area before heading North across Thorngrafton Common back up to Hadrians’ Wall and joining it at checkpoint 5 located up on the Wall at Housteads Roman Fort.

The long distance walk would take its competitors South to Vindolanda Roman Fort, then East over Thorngrafton Common to checkpoint 2 at Cubstock; then from there on to Newbrough and checkpoint 3. From there they would head North to Mithraeum Roman Fort, checkpoint 4 and join Hadrians Wall where they would continue West to Housteads Roman Fort to checkpoint 5.

From checkpoint 5 both routes would then head back to the Twice Brewed Inn following the Wall to Steel Rigg where the competitors would drop down to the finish line.

Having had a week of rainy days leading up to the date of the event it was no surprise that on the day those taking part would be “dogged” by the usual inclement weather.

For those who regular attend this event their wry grin and shrug of the shoulders was a sign that they’d seen this all before and would not be put off from enjoying the day 

To read the full report down load the attached document. 


On behalf of the Hadrian’s Hike Committee I would like to thank the following:


CFO Tom Capeling TWFRS, for permitting us to once again hold the event

ACO John Baines TWFRS, for his continued support in the organising of the event

AM Phil Clark TWFRS, for his attendance at the event on behalf of the SMT

Sports and Social section TWFRS, for their administration duties and making my job easy

Our Sponsors:

  • Sainsbury’s, Riverside Rd, Sunderland for their kind donation of food and drink for the event checkpoints

  • The Great Outdoors, Shiremoor.

  •  Twinnings

  • Morrisons, Whitley Bay.

  • Walk Outdoors, Whitley Bay for their kind donation of raffle prizes and discounted goods.


Event Partners:

  •  The Twice Brewed Inn for allowing us the use of their facilities and providing the end meal

  • Raynet for their continued Comms support


Event Committee and Staff on the day:

Base Team.
Peter and Jan Louth
Chris Maddox (Medic)
Simon Tulley.

Checkpoint Marshalls 

Arnie Coulthard         Ch 2 + 4
Dave Fleming            Ch 2 + 4
Sam Lee                  Ch 3

Steve Graham          Ch 3
Jim Sabiston            Ch 1 + 5
Mick Fell                 Ch 1 + 5                                                               

Sweepers - Long Walk

Steve Clark
Graham Smith
Stu Franlkin

Sweepers - Short Walk

Bruce Gormley
Bill Dunne

Vehicle Support

Steve Barnett
Dave Wilson
Ray Walker

and finally but most importantly…

To you the competitors, without your continued support and enthusiasm we would not be able to hold the event or have such a great fun day, so to all our old friends and new thank you and we look forward to seeing you again next year. 

Steve Barnett TWFRS. 


Look out for the photos we took on the day here on our website and if you have any that you’d like to share we’d love to see them.