Vic's Big Walk: From SW France to NW England
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Vic's Big Walk: From SW France to NW England

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Travel, Adventure, Biography

A grandfather goes for a walk. A mere 1900 kms. Backwards through his life, from his home in the French Pyrenees to his beginnings in Northern England. His aims: to walk for 70 days – to arrive on his 70th birthday – to raise funds for pancreatic cancer research. 2 years of training; 17.5 Million steps walked – to raise funds and awareness of th...more
Paperback, 164 pages
Published June 2012 by Lulu (first published January 1st 2001)
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Karen MacMillan
Vic is my dad. I'm SO proud of him for his epic walk to raise awareness of the cancer which killed my mum. I wasn't, however, too convinced that I wanted to read the book about the walk as, if I didn't enjoy it, I didn't know how on earth I would be able to tell him!

I need not have worried at all. I thoroughly enjoyed it - from start to finish. I even learned a thing or two about a man I thought I knew well. The book was very interesting and entertaining - at times it even made me chuckle! He d...more
Geoff Woodland
I enjoy `off centre' books that tell of personal desires to create, or complete tasks, that others might find a little `odd'. I came across `Vic's Big Walk' on Amazon while looking for something to read during an anticipated long flight from Sydney to London. Not knowing anything about the author or his goals the thought of someone recording his effort to walk from the Pyrenees to Blackpool at seventy years of age, sparked my desire for an off centre read. I was not disappointed, as the author's...more
Jacqueline
Vic is cool! Vic walked from his ‘home’ in the south of France, to the house he was born in 70 years earlier in Blackpool (north west UK). This epic walk of nearly 2000kms was timed to take 70 days and arrive on his 70th birthday. It is not uncommon to want to celebrate a big birthday with a challenge, but for Vic the real goal was to raise money for Pancreatic Cancer research and he felt it had to be a significant challenge to bring in the donations. He was always happy to talk to those he met...more
Laura
if you buy only one book this year it has to be this one! I laughed, felt tearful and got the shivers. not only is this book for an amazing cause but it's a wonderful read! I feel incredibly lucky to have won this book and will certainly be making a contribution to this worthy cause! buy it...
Peter Labrow
It's only fair to declare at the outset of this review that I know the writer, the man who undertook this remarkable journey - well, anyone reading the book would discover that my name is mentioned within in it. But, while it's possible that I would start to read the book just because Vic's a friend, I certainly wouldn't finish it unless it was interesting.

At almost 70, Vic undertakes a journey which people half his age would actively avoid - from his current home in southern France to where he...more
Susie Kelly
To celebrate the debut of his eighth decade, Vic Heaney decides to walk from his current home in the French Pyrenees to the town where he was born in England. A distance of a mere 1900 kilometres, or 1,100 miles, in 70 days. The second reason behind Vic's Big Walk is to raise money for research into pancreatic cancer, which killed his first wife. With the whole-hearted support of his second wife Gay, who plans his route and drives the campervan in which they spend their nights, Vic sets off to w...more
Jay Howard
Thank you, Vic, for allowing us to share your amazing journey. This diary of what, on the face of it, would seem rather boring - a walk from Puivert to Blackpool - becomes something special in the telling.

Vic allows us to get to know him through the details of the preparation, the details of the support and friendship he has from so many people who are inspired by his vision, the trials he faces along the way, all leavened with details of the places he passes through in this incredible effort t...more
Rose Boehm
The first time I spluttered coffee over my keyboard reading this book was towards the beginning of 'Vic's Big Walk': some difficult incident lured him into coining the phrase 'dangle a dongle'. There were more of those moments at least worth a chuckles if not outright laughter.

I didn't know about Vic Heaney or his epic walk until a couple of months ago when I met him here in Lima, Peru, together with Gay, his lovely wife. During his 70 days and nearly 2000km of walking from the Pyrenees to Black...more
R.J. Askew
Vic's Big Walk is an excellent read because of the author's motivation for writing his story and the inspirational nature of the achievment it chronicles, especially, but not exclusively, for anyone approaching their 60s or 70s. VBW is not overtly a self-help book as at no point does it promise to change the reader's life in some wonderful way. Yet this may actually be one of it's secret benefits for some readers because it shows how someone may set themselves an adventurous and difficult goal a...more
Karen (Kew)
I found this very interesting to read. The reasons why Vic did this walk, his preparation, the places he passes through and the people he meets - make enjoyable and inspiring reading. Co-incidentally, the day that I finished reading the book (1st November 2011) I heard a news item on the radio that November was pancreatic awareness month! How appropriate, as all the proceeds from this book go to that charity. Well done Vic!
Harry Nicholson
What a walk he took on! I did the 'Coast to Coast' across England and thought it special - but from the Pyrenees to Blackpool - well! I took longer to read this book than Vic took to complete his 70 day hike, but that was only because I kept coming back to it for another snippet, in order to lift my spirits, after trudging through some heavy and dreary prose.
Bravo to that man!
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Mago (Mark)
I wanted to like this book. I admire Vic's conviction and persistance. The charitable aspect is obviously admirable. However, the story of someone walking, told with minimal description of his surroundings, little historical background of the places he passes through and written in a plodding, repetitive style, is ultimately boring. 2 stars for effort (the effort of the walk that is).
Martinxo
70 year old Vic Heaney walked from his home in the Pyrenees to his birthplace in Blackpool. Interesting read if you are into walking, proceeds go to the Pancreatic cancer charity Vic supports.
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