Wednesday, 27 October 2010

New cause needed

Now it's late Autumn and some of us are still recovering from wounds inflcited by our last challenge; we have been talking about attempting a new chanllenge next year.

So far the Heart Foundation, the Stroke Association and Diabetes seem to be the winning ideas - if anyone else has any ideas please contact us.

Finally; although we have a few ideas we would like to do next year (none include excess walking!) if anyone has an idea for us we'd be pleased to thin k about it - just drop us a line!


Thursday, 30 September 2010

Monday, 30 August 2010

A huge Thank you!

On behalf of all the Penair Oldies, I would like to thank the following people - all the Oldies (Neil, John, Steve and myself) The Lander Oldies (Joseph and Chris) all the wifes (Ruth, Cass', Marcia) and all the children (Chris, Lucy, Dominic, Keiran, Riley and Daisy). Plus all our parents and friends who have helped and everyone who have sponsored us over the last few months. Without your support (and patience) the walk would have ground to a halt weeks ago! A huge thank you from all of us!
We're collecting money now - so hopefully will have a total for you all in a month or so. At the moment our estimates of total raised will be between £500 - £600 - brilliant!
Finally, in about 4 - 6 months time I aim to have a book available to buy - no title at this stage - but will get back to you. A percentage of money raised from the book will go to Joseph for his fund raising.
Thanks again everyone!

Sunday, 29 August 2010

Thursday, 26 August 2010

The walk continues!

The walk continues, today (Friday) we'll be between Coverack and the Lizard - come and give us a wave!

Wednesday, 25 August 2010

First day for Neil and John - give them a wave!

Hi folks! Just to say that although I've had to retire the walk continues. Steve, Joseph, Neil and John will all pick up the walk tomorrow, starting from Tresillian this time - walking to Malpas - ferry to Falmouth - walking to Helford Passage. Ist day for Neil and John so if you see them give them a wave!

Tuesday, 24 August 2010

Steve and Joe just left Dodman Point, if you're in the area say hi!

Steve and Joe just left Dodman Point, if you're in the area say hi! 15:00hrs 24/08/10

One down...

Well that's that. Seen the Dr this morning - I have sprained my achilles tendon in my right leg and told to rest it for 1-2 weeks; thus I'm out of the Walk. The walk goes on with Steve and Joseph resuming today with Neil and John joining them on Thursday

Monday, 23 August 2010

Nursing wounds

Hi - Clive reporting this one.
Temporary halt while we nurse wounds. For myself I've had crippling leg cramps that have left me hobbling plus I'm evidently quite dehydrated (probable cause of the cramps).
We've returned home tonight for proper rest; Steve and Joe are planing to resume the walk tomorrow; albeit in a simplier way - will keep you updated on this.
I will rejoin the walk on Thursday or if I can walk properly again sooner - John and Neil (the other Oldies) are aware of the changes.
Will update this page tomorrow with fresh photos and on Facebook

Saturday, 21 August 2010

the camp has been set up

its zero hour

Here we go.....

Hi all - We're starting the walk today!

From 15:00 this afternoon we won't able to answer emails / messages as easily as usual so don't be upset if we ignore you! Any problems contact Chris whose handling the technical side of the websites for us - he'll have the latest news!

Thanks for all the support - see you at Lands End next Sunday, keep watching this group and the blog for updates!

Tuesday, 17 August 2010

Change to the line-up

Change to the line-up -

Steve, Joe and Clive will be staring the walk on Saturday; Chris will now be acting in a technical support role. He'll be updating the Blog and FB when we are unable to; all queries about the walk after we start hould be sent to him here on FB or at or

Monday, 16 August 2010

Bissoe Valley revisited

Another day, another training walk! This time we managed to get four of us together at the same time. Chris, Joe, Steve and Clive walked around the Bissoe Valley (where Clive and Steve's first training walk was way back in the spring).
We managed to iron out a few issues with the rucksacks but they're still heavy! New boots didn't cause blisters (yet). Water remains a concern but we'll manage somehow!

Sunday, 15 August 2010

Thursday, 12 August 2010

Penair Oldies make news in West Briton

Check out this weeks West Briton P48

They have done a really good article about our challenge

Well done Clive!!

Sunday, 8 August 2010

Sunday 8th August Looe Bar near Helston
Practice walk with full kit for Clive and Chris (with Lucy adding as back-up!) Carrying way too much weight (and that's just across the waist!) - will have to figure out a way of reducing the weight; guess may have to leave the fridge at home after all.......!

Monday, 2 August 2010

Good news!

Have been in contact with a West Briton reporter Josie Purcell who is planning to do a pre-walk story followed up but a piece once we have completed the walk.

On behalf of the Oldies, I would like to thank Josie for her support and hope the picture they print showes my good side!


Friday, 30 July 2010

Itinerary - 21st August – 29th August

Itinerary - 21st August – 29th August

Latest walk plan – hopefully last change!

Start point change again - back to starting from Kingsand (long story!) on the evening of Saturday 21st, the walk starting properly on Sunday 22nd:-

Saturday 21st, get to Kingsand at 19:00. Camp there
Sunday 22nd – Kingsand – Looe
Monday 23rd – Looe – Carlyon Bay
Tuesday 24th – Carlyon Bay – Pendower
Wednesday 25th – Pendower – Place - Ferry - St.Mawes - Ferry- Falmouth - Ferry - Malpas
Either Malpas – Tresillian – Penair – Truro
Or Malpas – Truro
Thursday 26th – Meet Neil at Halfords Car Park, Truro at 09:00. Truro – Malpas (10:30) – Ferry – Falmouth (11:30) – Helford – Ferry – Nare Point
Friday 27th – Nare Head – Lizard Point
Saturday 28th – Lizard Point – Mount’s Bay
Sunday 29th – Mount’s Bay – Meet John – Lands End

Wednesday, 14 July 2010

Good News - off subject (ish)

Off subject (ish) - many of you know that the Penair Oldies get together to do daft things in the Autumn to remember our friend Kaimen who passed away when he was 17, well his brother Wailim and his partner Kirstie have just annouced the birth of their daughter Shoyin - congratulations from all the Penair Oldies!

Friday, 9 July 2010

ROUGH details of walk - subject to change

For those that had asked for a more detailed idea of our route this is the latest ROUGH guide to where we'll be and when:

Steve, Joe, Chris and Clive will start the walk (possible 2 more walkers yet to be confirmed)

22nd August - Start Torpoint - Anthony - Whitsand Bay; camp in Looe / Polperro area
23rd August - Looe/Polperro - Polruan - Fowey. Camp Fowey area.
24th August - Fowey - St.Austell Bay - Charlestown - Mevigissey - camp Gorran Haven area.
25th August - Gorran Haven - walk inland to Grampound - Probus - Tresillian (call in at Rachael - she don't know this yet!) - Truro - have a bath at home!

Neil and John join walk at this stage (John one day only)
26th August - Enterprise boat to Falmouth - walk around Pendennis - swanpool - Helford Passage - cross via Ferry, camp on Heford Village side.
27th August - Helford Village - Porthallow - Coverack - Cadgwith - Lizard. Camp Lizard area
28th August - Lizard - Kynnance Cove - Mullion - Marizion - camp Mount's Bay
John rejoins the walk from this day
29th August - Mount's Bay - Penzance - Newlyn - Mousehole - Lamorna - Lands End - easy!

Wednesday, 7 July 2010

Penair School - good to their word!

Penair School - good to their word!

Penair (via their Dep Head Jill Longden) have come up trumps! A sizable donation was recieved with school ties and numerous badges!

Obviously we're please as punch to be associated with the school even after all this time (25 years since we left this year!).

Thanks again Penair School!

Monday, 5 July 2010

Injury worries!

Injury worries!

On a training walk into work Clive sprained his left ankle at Newmills Ford. Now tightly bandaged and advised to rest hopefully shouldn't be a problem for our walk in just 7 weeks time!

Please keep encouraging others to sponser us; we're doing well but to steal a quote from a well-kown Supermarket - "Every little helps!"

Thursday, 10 June 2010

Coast 2 Coast Challenge

Joseph has been raising money to fund his WSJ experiance, he has recently completed a walk from Par on the South Coast to Port Issac On the North Coast, this is around 32 - 35 miles.

The group decided to complete the walk, whilst taking a wheel barrow with them.

Joseph is the second child from the right

Tuesday, 8 June 2010

Rachael Curtis comes up trumps!

Rachael Curtis presents Steve with a sizable donation to our cause outside of her Florist in Tresillian. A very generous gift on behalf of all the Oldies (despite her not liking the name - says it ages her as well) a huge Thank You!

Monday, 7 June 2010

Penair Oldies - Bodmin Moor - crossing a fence in style!

In crossing Bodmin Moor, we took the odd wrong turning. I course (with style and grace) showed the others how to cross a fence (with rusty barbed wire) carefully.

Like a Mountain Lion I'm sure you would all agree!

(c) J.Brinkhoff

New Penair Oldies Photo Stream

New Penair Oldies Photostream on Flickr at:

Sunday, 6 June 2010

The Fifth Oldie breaks radio silence!

We've finally made contact with Simon "Min" Nicholls - the fifth Oldie! After a long period of radio silence he's surfaced at last! Although computer illiterate (his admission) so he won't see this update, it's good to hear from him again. Hopefully he'll join us on later updates

Four Tor Trek - Training accross Bodmin Moor

The four Oldies embarked on the hardest training to date, walking accross Bodmin Moor from Rough Tor to Tolborough Tor, including Brown Willy and Cathole Downs on the way.

After many miles (and much sun burn) we made the 10 - 12 miles miles in about 4 - 5 hours; not bad going for a bunch of old farts!

Wednesday, 2 June 2010

Honoury Oldie finally starts his training!

Honourary Oldie Chris finally starts his training! It took a lot of encouraging but I finally got Chris out of the house and do a 6 mile walk yesterday!

(Picture taken climbing the 81 steps to the back of Kenwyn Church)

Friday, 28 May 2010

Definite sponsership and four tor trek

Definite sponsership and four tor trek

First, thanks again to Rachael for her offer of sponsership; her offer was gladly accepted this morning and hopefully we'll try and do some publicity photos

Secondly, on Saturday 6th June Clive, Steve, John and Neil will be walking Four Tors across Bodmin Moor. Starting from Jamaica Inn near the A30 we'll be walking over to Rough Tor near Camelford as a warm up walk and to finalise plans - if you're in the area give us a wave!


Friday, 21 May 2010

New Walkers!

New walkers!

Two new walkers confirmed! My son Christopher Stocker will be joining us for the week and Steve's son Joseph Varker (who we're raising the cash for!) will also join us.

Aged 17 and 16 respectively, the boys will have to be honourary "Penair Oldies" for the walk not just because of their obvious ages but also because of their obvious disadvantage of going to Richard Lander School (the rival school to Penair) !!!

No matter, their questionable education aside they are more than welcome!

Coming soon, news of our fifth walker plus a very experienced walker recently in the press has also offered to join us for a couple of days - keep watching!


Thursday, 20 May 2010

Training started!

Both doing our own bits of training (me walking to work when I can now (3 - 5 miles both ways) and yesterday we did 6 miles in just over an hour down in the Bissoe Valley

Wednesday, 19 May 2010

Any ideas and sponsers

Hi again everyone

Now we have started our training in earnest; we're looking for any advice from people who have done long extended walks before. We've planned most things but food and water is becoming a headache, as we'll be at least 4 days from home at the furthest points. Any tips on how to keep our costs down when it comes to food and drink?

Also, still looking for any sponsers. Thanks to Rachael Curtis Florist shop at Tresillian for becoming our latest sponser! If any other business' want to sponser us and have an advert placed on this site please contact us!

Monday, 12 April 2010

New Starting Point!

Because of trouble with Ferry times from Plymouth Hoe to Cawsand and to complement another walkers recent walk from Dorest to Torpoint we have decided to begin our walk on the shore of the River Tamar at Torpoint.

The distance will remain the same (plus we won't have to pay the toll on the bridge or the ferry!)

Clive 12th April 2010

Sunday, 11 April 2010

New Information added

Please go to the Index section for more information on the 22nd World Scout Jamboree, 2011 - thanks!

Saturday, 10 April 2010

Good news and new ideas!

Good news!
Steve's bosses have confirmed his days off so the two of us are booked definately for Sunday 22nd August - Sunday 29th August.
Provisionally we will arrive at Truro on the evening of Wednesday 25th August, leaving Truro the following morning of the 26th.
These are rough guides only at this stage - more concrete plans to be announced later.
Please spread the word as far as you can and think of any way you could help us raise cash for Joseph!

*** Current plans - The blogsite page will be sponsered on a daily basis - so if you want your name at the top of our blog page for yourself or your business please contact us!
*** Can't walk the whole 154 miles yourself? Why not join us for a mile here and there? All we ask is a £5 donation and then come and keep us comapny for as long as you want too!

Tuesday, 30 March 2010

Penair School

Penair School - Mrs Longdon (Dep Head) called today - they're happy to help! More news soon hopefully! Many thanks Penair!

Pirate FM

Pirate fm - Bob McCredie happy to mention us closer to the time

Confirmed walkers -

Confirmed Clive and Steve; walking 22nd - 29nd August 2010. Hopefully get confirmation from Neil closer to the date

Monday, 22 March 2010

2010 Challenge - Facebook Group

Hi folks!

Penair Oldies group now on Facebook -

Sunday, 21 March 2010

2010 Challenge

This year our aging gang of lay-abouts are attempting to do something totally daft - but what the hell!

Steve's oldest son - Joseph - has been chosen to go to the World Scout Jamboree in Sweden in July, 2011. Brilliant! But unfortunately it needs money!

So, Steve and Clive are currently enlisted (with John being unable to because of family commitments) into doing a 154 mile walk from the Hoe in Plymouth to Lands End on the most western tip of Cornwall.

Hopefully Neil will join us too and if anyone see's Min - tell him we've lost his contact details but he's invited too!

We aim to leave in late August 2010; walking for 6-8 days travelling the south Cornish Coast route (with a couple of diversions on the way!)

Any support will be gratefully received. Especially offers of sponsership and even advertising. If any companies want to help us we'll sell advertising space for sponsership!

So please follow this Blog; we'll update as often as possible and once the challenge starts we aim to update daily.

To read more about what Joseph wants to do please go to:-


Welcome Bloggers!

Welcome to this Blog - dedicated to the exploits for four or five aging old fools who all met originally at Penair School in 1980

Neil Jones, Steve Varker, John Brinkhoff, Simon 'Min' Nicholls and Clive Stocker started Penair School in the September of 1980. Little did they know they would be friends almost 30 years later and over the course of this time have seen trips to France; various business' born; management and professional qualifications gained and between us 11 offspring (at the last count!)

We all come from totally different backgrounds and have travelled different life choices but one thing unites us all - the wish to generally take the mickey out of each other and to have a laugh on the few times we get to meet up each year.

We also travel the internet under another name - "the Old Buggers" - but for the latest challenge we've decided to become more media friendly - this the phrase "Penair Oldies" has been adopted - but we'll still answer to the former title!

Please follow us on this blog and support us in any way possible. In the next Blog I'll tell you what the latest 'Penair Oldies' challenge is!

the scout's website for Sweden:-

Penair Oldies

Welcome to the "Penair Oldies" - the challenge!