Thames Path in 57 hours

Running coach Simon Barnes has completed the Thames Path in 57 hours and 10 minutes.

He walked upstream without stopping for sleep a year ago this month when the weather was better.

A short report appears in the latest Strider, the Long Distance Walkers Association magazine. He might have been even quicker had he not had “a few diversions and navigational errors”.

Simon says that it is the toughest venture he has ever undertaken.

Bourne End Bridge: Renovation starts

The arrival of better weather has allowed work to start on repairing and painting Bourne End Bridge.

The iron and steel railway crossing, which carriesĀ the Maidenhead-Marlow branch line, was built in 1895 to succeed a wooden one.

The work will take all summer but walkers will still be able to use the footbridge which was attached twenty years ago.