Day 3 - Stoke Hammond to Olney

Neil had time for a quick video update over breakfast on Day 3 of his walk through Bletchley, Milton Keynes, Newport Pagnell and end the day in Olney.

If you spot him anywhere on his journey, please say hello or beep your horn in support! 

After so many problems on Wednesday, it's good to report that Thursday's walk left Neil in high spirits. His film shows him up for an early breakfast with Uncle Ray after a good night's rest. If Ray does snore, Neil was probably too tired to notice. 

The weather has been brilliant, with more good weather forecast, which has helped Neil keep to his schedule and he'd finished his daily miles by about 4pm. That's roughly 55 miles completed (although we're not sure if this includes the extra five he accidentally did yesterday).

His walk is continuing to generate interest and we're grateful for all the DJs and journalists who have covered the walk and those who have interviewed Neil. Radio Jackie, a South West London radio station (107.8), will be keeping in touch with Neil and giving a daily update for its listeners. 

Neil has always made it clear that this is not just about his own situation, it is to highlight the reasons why Heathrow should never be granted a third runway. He had 22 topics to promote, one for each day of the walk, but news stories are likely to make some subjects of more interest on a particular day. 

Today, the Evening Standard quoted Rob Barnstone from SHE on the phoney Heathrow promise of a night ban if a third runway is built. (It's not a ban because certain flights will still be permitted.) We also had coverage today of the fact that Heathrow still can't get its local pollution levels within legal limits. On top of all this, the London Mayor has written to the Prime Minister telling her that she has a once-in-a-generation opportunity to transform the quality of the air in London and across the country.

It's hard to imagine that any MPs in Britain would support a third runway, but some do. It explains why Heathrow has been touring the UK promising the earth. Let's hope the MPs and businessmen are not gullible enough to be expect the pledges to be honoured. 

Back with the walk, Neil passed through Milton Keynes, which is celebrating it's 50th birthday this year. 

Then, while the sun was still shining, Neil arrived in Olney, Buckinghamshire. (Did you know that Amazing Grace was written by John Newton (1725-1807) while he was curate of Olney?)

Neil sent us a picture just to prove he'd arrived and would you believe it, in the background is a big truck from OHL, which has a 24/7 warehouse facility near Heathrow (Ashford, Middlesex) and one serving Manchester Airport. It seems there is no escaping the traffic generated by airports.  

Looks lovely - apart from the noise and pollution from the Heathrow lorries!

Looks lovely - apart from the noise and pollution from the Heathrow lorries!

Christine Taylor