The annual Saffery Rotary Walk always seems to attract the daring, the daunted and the dedicated who are happy to take on the challenge of walking the perimeter of our island. This year we were privileged to be asked to capture the walk, but luckily we weren’t challenged with the 3.30am wake up calls that some of the participants had to endure. We set our alarm clocks at the more amicable time of 8am so we had enough time to pack our bags and meet half way through the route to capture the participants at Chouet tackling the 10 mile course to the finish.
The Guernsey Disability Alliance (GDA) had recruited 70 or so of their members to take part in the walk, who were joined with members from Guernsey Scouts who walked with the GDA members to learn about the day to day challenges they faced living with a disability. We journeyed along the most northern coastal paths with the walkers capturing their every moves on film as well as through a still camera lens. We were enlightened to hear that many of the junior scouts had leant lots from the GDA members from the interviews we conducted at the various checkpoints along the route.
At Waitrose at Admiral Park we joined up with more of the GDA members and members of the local media to document their final mile or so to the finish in front of the monument adjacent to North Beach car park. The last few interviews were completed with the GDA members and scouts proudly sporting their medals. After a quick review of the footage obtained on the day meant the video could be turned around relatively quickly, and we felt that the 8 minute video did the event justice and only gave a quick snapshot of the efforts made by the hundreds of walkers who take on the challenge annually. Would we participate next year? We would definitely need some persuading!
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