WI Members Take To Strand For Walk and Swim Challenge

WI members take their marks on The Strand yesterday

Around fifteen people turned out on The Strand yesterday for the latest leg of the Women’s Institute’s Big Walk, Little Splash challenge.

The campaign, set up by the National Federation of WI’s, involves walking or swimming the equivalent of 209 miles, or the distance between Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch to the Olympic Stadium in London over a five month period from April to September.

Anne Farr and Karrie Skaife organised yesterday’s event, which involved the women walking up and down The Strand, with each circuit representing 100m, or the distance of the Olympic sprint event.

Karrie said people were hoping to get to 800m or 1,500m during the afternoon and the idea is to get everyone involved, regardless of age or disability. And Karrie says there’s often a ‘bribe’ involved to get people out – yesterday cakes and drinks were waiting for the women at the end of their challenge.

Karrie says in Scilly, they’ve tried to do things a bit differently. Karrie has been swimming between islands with Carmen Stevens and Angela Jenkins, the self-styled ‘Wild Swimming Women’ including swims from Gugh and Samson to St Mary’s.

Some women also swim regularly in Porthcressa and there’s another group organising walks around the islands, which Karrie says, “usually start and finish at a café.”

The women aren’t raising money for a charity. Karrie said the challenge is purely about getting their members active and having some fun at the same time.