Robin Moore, born at the Angel Inn, Oundle on the 12th January 1958.
Began education at St Christopher’s Preparatory School during 1960’s.
Attended Oundle School (Laxton) until 1974.
ARMED FORCES SERVICE
Spent a year in the Navy Cadets whilst at Oundle School; completed a Combined Cadets Diving Course and later passed exams to join the forces full time. On leaving school, served as a junior rating in the Royal Navy until 18 years old. Also served in the TA Parachute Regiment in 1982-84.
Continued education throughout 1980’s with attainment upto Degree level, including GCE’s, SPORTS STUDIES AWARD (with teaching certificates) HND, BTEC continuing ed in Leisure and Recreation Management/consultancy, and MILAM (cert). Creative skills include Art, Poetry and writing.
Painting and decorating/Property Renovation.
Industrial Cleaning (also with merchant shipping)
HIGHS AND LOWS IN LIFE
Happiest time was renovating and buying my own house having lived rough during the winter months unable to afford a flat to live in. It was great to have my own little place!
Finishing my first John O’Groat to Lands End walk made me feel especially proud – New Zealnd had an even more powerful effect. I had always felt I had under-achieved in sport and now began to feel I had a second chance to use my fitness and ability. All the training and hard work would now reap the rewards for the good of humanity and give me real purpose in life.
A bad time for me was when I lost my brother in 1999 – I didn’t walk that year and had a nervous breakdown through over-doing things in an effort to cope.
Also suffered with ME in 2006/7, when I believed I would never walk again – when I felt better I walked 5,000 miles in a year!
WALKING PORTFOLIO (From 1992 to 2014)
Robin Moore has a walking history that dates back to the start of the last decade and has over 33 expeditions behind his name totalling close to 30,000 miles from which he has helped to raise around £100,000 from his local campaigns for cancer charities. With modern technology and publicity that he has attracted worldwide, his contribution is now thought to be much more, giving greater significance to his effort. He has become an inspiration to others who have followed in his footsteps and in recent times taken part in pilgrimage events that he has founded. In South Africa, working with the Cape Cricket Accademy and Merwe Genis’s School of Cricket, he played a major role a in establishing a youth cricket projects which he believes will give youngsters from poor background a greater opportunity to realise their goals in the same way that he has.
It was during 1992 that Robin knew it was time to venture out and put something back into life, though initially aimed at being a one- off, simple charity walk to commemorate lost friends who had died of cancer. The walk from Cornwall to Oundle was 300 miles and took a week to complete-it was a start of a new and adventurous life. He made a pledge that one day he would walk around Great Britain and that money would be raised for cancer charities and thus illustrating the importance of field work and care beyond the NHS.
Robin completed his first major walk – John O’Groats to Land’s End in 1995 taking 27 days, without backup and carrying a 40 pound pack, and has published a book about the event known as A Walker’s Diary. The following spring, with the help of BBC Radio Cornwall, he embarked upon a 2000 mile walk around England’s boundaries in order to celebrate the Millennium by writing a book about the kingdom at the turn of the century and the importance of cancer research. The walk was scheduled for 80 days but last minute financial constraints condensed the event into a joint-shattering 64 days carrying over 40 pounds of equipment along the roller-coaster footpaths of the South-West Way and many other distinguished trails throughout the land.
The crusade was not without incident (on 3 occasions walking through the day and night to complete 80- mile sessions), and he was never free of pain admitting it was the hardest thing he had ever done in his life!
The Gt Britain walk commenced on the 1st June 97 and was completed on the 3rd October 97: an incredible 125 days at an average of 36 miles a day carrying up to 50 pounds of equipment. The walk raised £20,000 and highlight the importance of cancer relief. The journey was also a historical one as Robin was to be the last man to have walked the country before its state of Devolution; he was in fact the last person to arrive at the original Hall of Fame, which is now obsolete.
LIST OF WALKING ACHIEVEMENTS
After numerous charity events, marathons and 24hour sports matches it was agreed walking would be the way forward from the mid-nineties.
‘THE EARLY DAYS’ – Here the seeds were sown for a new beginning.
CORNWALL TO OUNDLE – 300 MILES IN 7 DAYS (CHARITY WALK)
HADRIAN’S WALL TO LAND’S END (TRAINING WALK FOR END-TO-END) – 540 MILES IN 14 DAYS
ROUND CORNWALL COASTAL WALK – 350 MILES IN 12 DAYS (CHARITY WALK)
NATIONAL WALKS -From 1995 onwards (This marks the beginning of endurance expeditions; most of which exceed 1,000km per walk).
JOHN O’GROATS TO LAND’S END – 940 MILES IN 27 DAYS
THE MILLENNIUM CHALLENGE – 2160 MILES AROUND ENGLAND IN 64 DAYS
ROBIN MOORE GREAT BRITAIN WALK – 4000 MILES AROUND GREAT BRITAIN IN 125 DAYS
LONDON MARATHON – BREAKTHROUGH BREAST CANCER
WALK THE WALK FOR BREAST CANCER.
Robin joined Nina Barough and a team of over 70 girls to walk the streets of London on Marathon Day.
The event raised over 100,000 pounds.
COAST-TO-COAST OF ENGLAND
WALKING THE KINGDOM OF CORNWALL
WALKING THE CORNISH WAY.
WALKING NEW ZEALAND IN WINTER (2002)
LAND’S END TO OUNDLE IN SPRING (2002)
CROSSING THE CONTINENT
1) GALWAY TO LAND’S END (2003)
2) PERPIGNON TO LAND’S END (2004)
WALKING COAST-TO-COAST IN SOUTH AFRICA (including The Garden Route and Wine Route). (2004/05)
WALKING THE BASQUE COAST OF SPAIN/FRANCE (2005)
WALKING COAST-TO-COAST OF THE BRITISH ISLES (2005)
WALKING THE PILGRIM’S WAY TO COMPOSTELA (and other pilgrim’s routes through Britain to St. Michael’s Mount). (2006)
THE CORNISH PILGRIMAGE (2004 and 2006)
WALKING THE PORTUGUESE CAMINO (2007)
COAST-TO-COAST OF THE BRITISH ISLES (the west coast Ireland/Wales and the west country). (2007)
THE NORTH ISLAND OF NEW ZEALAND (from January 2008)
WALKING PORTUGAL FROM FARO TO PORTO
THE BARMY ARMY WALK (Five Celtic Kingdoms) (September 2008)
THE MEDITERRANIUM COAST (2009)
THE SOUTHWEST WAY – Little Harbour Challenge for Childrens Hospice (2009)
WALKING ROUND THE WINELANDS OF SOUTH AFRICA – Mbekweni Challenge (2010)
WALKING SOUTHERN FRANCE AND PYRENEES (2010)
WALKING THE OUNDLE PILGRIMAGE
WALKING THE CORNISH PILGRIMAGE
ROBIN MOORE’S BARMY ARMY WALKDOWNUNDER (ASHES – 2010/2011).
WALKING THE OUNDLE PIGRIMAGE (2010/11)
CORNWALL PILGRIMAGE (Gwennap-August 2010/11)
WEST COUNTRY PILGRIMAGE (Sept 2011)
CORNWALL TO OUNDLE (20-year anniversary walk- April 2012)
A PILGRIMAGE OF WAR AND WORDS Part 1 (Walking the battlefields of Belgium and France)
WALKING ARTHUR’S PASS AND WEST COAST OF NEW ZEALAND (jan – March 2013)
NANTES TO BIARRITZ (Sept – Oct)
EINDHOVEN TO YPRES
GENEVA TO ARLES (March 2014)
VALENCIA TO ALICANTE (March 2014)
GENEVA TO YPRES – Acommemoration walk from Switzerland to Ypres. This concluded a circular walk around Europe /British Isles over a ten year period.
ARNHEM TO LUXEMBURGH CITY – Continuing across Europe this journey interacted with Holland, Germany. Belgium and Luxembourg.
In August 2010 Robin founded the Oundle Pilgrimage for Thorpe Hall Sue Ryder – we hold a weekend event in the middle of August annually to celebrate this tradition and raise funds for the charity. Please visit: http://www.oundlepilgrimage.org.uk
Robin has founded the Cornwall Pilgrimage and walking the route and local Gwennap Section annually to raise money for Cornwall Hospice Care. To find out more about this project please visit: http://www.cornishpilgrimage.org.uk
Robin has written and published 20 books/guides chronicling his achievements :-
A WALKER’S DIARY £9.99
THE MILLENNIUM CHALLENGE £9.99
WALKING AROUND THE KINGDOM OF CORNWALL £6.99
THE ROBIN MOORE NEW ZEALAND WALK £6.99
OUNDLE WALKS (also available online as a download – coast £2.99) £3.99
WALKING THE CORNISH WAY £4.99
THE PORTREATH TRAMROAD (available for sale online as a download in colour print A5 format for £1)
THE ROBIN MOORE GREAT BRITAIN WALK Vol 1. £4.99
( also available for sale online as a download in a colour print A5 format for£1.50)
A PILGRIMAGE OF WAR AND WORDS
THE CORNISH PILGRIMAGE
THE GWENNAP PILGRIMAGE
THE PORTUGUESE CAMINO
THE BARMY ARMY WALK
ROBIN MOORE’S BARMY ARMY WALK DOWNUNDER
WALKING THE GARDEN ROUTE
THE OUNDLE PILGRIMAGE WALKING GUIDES (3 Titles/Categories)
THE FAMILY PILGRIMAGE
THE GWENNAP PILGRIMAGE
A PUB WALK IN THE NENE VALLEY
A PILGRIM’S JOURNEY
All these titles are also available at minimal cost on our EBOOKS Section.