TV star running across Wales barefoot comes to Blaenavon

South Wales Argus: GETTING A FOOT UP Lynne Allbutt who is doing a 45 miles run across Wales. Here she warms up in Blaenavon GETTING A FOOT UP Lynne Allbutt who is doing a 45 miles run across Wales. Here she warms up in Blaenavon

A TV PRESENTER is calling on Torfaen residents to put their best foot forward and join in her in running around Blaenavon World Heritage Site – barefoot.

Gardening expert Lynne Allbutt is hoping to hold workshops at the historic site around Easter time, to promote the benefits of living shoe-free.

It is also part of an ambitious challenge she is undertaking, to run 45 miles across the width of Wales – including the highest peak in the Cambrian mountain range.

She said the World Heritage Site was the perfect place to spread “the many benefits of being barefoot”.

Ms Allbutt said: “It’s such a fabulous area. The views alone are motivation enough. And yet many people do not realise it is on their doorstep.

“Being barefoot has given me both clarity and confidence and if it can do the same for others, then it is very much worth sharing and facilitating.” she added.

A Blaenavon-based consultancy has also stepped forward to is supporting her challenge.

RWA E-Learning is sponsoring the TV star and building support for her campaign, which also features a celebrity shoe auction – including footwear owned by Robert Plant of Led Zeppelin, Peter Crouch and Max Boyce. It has also built her a website.

RWA’s operations director Tom Wood said: “We want to help Lynne educate people on why she is doing the run, the importance of the challenge and the benefits of health and wellbeing and this idea of education ties in nicely with our e-learning services.”

RWA is also setting up a community interest company, to donate all money raised by the challenge and auction to community projects focused on mental health, obesity, bullying, anxiety, and general wellbeing.

The barefoot challenge will take place on the weekend of May 31 and June 1. For details, see www.allbuttshoes.com

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7:15am Thu 30 Jan 14

Markbusa says...

TV star?
TV star? Markbusa
  • Score: 7

7:59am Thu 30 Jan 14

rmh1989 says...

never heard of this person
never heard of this person rmh1989
  • Score: 6

8:09am Fri 31 Jan 14

varteg1 says...

rmh1989 wrote:
never heard of this person
Probably never will especially if she does what is likely, treads on some of the nasty stuff generally littering the streets across our once clean, litter free and beautiful little corner...Wales.
[quote][p][bold]rmh1989[/bold] wrote: never heard of this person[/p][/quote]Probably never will especially if she does what is likely, treads on some of the nasty stuff generally littering the streets across our once clean, litter free and beautiful little corner...Wales. varteg1
  • Score: -2

4:49am Sun 2 Feb 14

Own2Feet says...

Good for her! Going barefoot is healthy, natural and strengthens the feet. I support her 100 percent!
Good for her! Going barefoot is healthy, natural and strengthens the feet. I support her 100 percent! Own2Feet
  • Score: 2

6:04pm Mon 3 Feb 14

Gayner says...

Gracious me....I remember Lynne well from her gardening slots on TV and radio..I heard she was turning a tip into a garden for more mature local people (I think that's me) to grow flowers for a local hospice. Just strikes me as a true Welsh lady who is trying to make things nice for people. Well done my girl...I'm smiling!
Gracious me....I remember Lynne well from her gardening slots on TV and radio..I heard she was turning a tip into a garden for more mature local people (I think that's me) to grow flowers for a local hospice. Just strikes me as a true Welsh lady who is trying to make things nice for people. Well done my girl...I'm smiling! Gayner
  • Score: 2

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