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Letter of the Month in tgo magazine

I don't think I've ever written a Letter to the Editor before, but a few weeks ago I thought it might be a way of getting my views on Trailblaze published. So I was delighted to open August's issue of tgo magazine today and find it on page 20, chosen as Letter of the Month and winning me a pair of Zamberlan boots!

Here is the gist of what I said about what is wrong with Trailblaze:


  • The system has been installed without any evidence of demand

  • Their urban ugliness can affect all trail users, whereas only a handful of runners have made use of the scheme to date

  • The boxes are intrusive, and disfigure the very Trails that the scheme claims to value

  • They are badly designed, confusing some people enough to think the box is meant for stubbing cigarettes or is fire-related

  • They are unnecessary in an era when portable GPS-savvy devices can time runners and transmit results

  • They set a terrible precedent of commercial advertising on our National Trails.

If you haven't already looked at this protest website then please do. Its Updates section trails a Radio 4 programme Trailblaze on the South Downs this Saturday: watch this space!

And finally, here is the photograph that tgo published to illustrate my point - an ugly box spoiling the tranquil beauty of Cuckmere Valley:

TrailblazeCV.jpg


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