|The 1970 walk was the same distance
and the same route, but Dave and his two friends Derek
Smith and Dave Horrocks, were overconfident and set off
too quickly. By the time they'd done 13 miles they were
suffering. By 21 miles they were "really
hurting" and the only way they all finished was to
keep telling each other that they were sixth-formers and
mustn't be beaten by any juniors!
Hamman (1964-71) remembers that the 1967 walk took place
on St. George's day and that he and his pal Tony Burgess
did the walk in five-and-a-half hours; they were the
first to arrive back at Poundswick, surprising even the
canteen staff who had come in to provide refreshments.
Dave did the 1970 walk too, but took that "at a far
more sensible pace!"
John Tomlinson (1976-83) tells us that
the "Cat and Fiddle" walks continued until 1977
by which time the Upper School participants still did the
full 25 miles but those from the Lower School did a
shorter (12-mile) walk back to Poundswick from a lay-by
on the Macclesfield road. In 1978 the walks were
shortened to 10 miles for the Lower School and 15 miles
for the Upper. The route started and finished at
Poundswick and went round the airport, along the Bollin
valley and diverged past Quarry Bank Mill for the Upper
School. It took place on a school day (all previous walks
had been at the weekend) and everyone was
expected to take part except those medically unfit and,
inexcusably in my view, the Sixth Form.