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Guest blog from Hazel Roberts, Jammy Cow MK

Valerie says, “I am delighted to have been part of Milton Keynes Midnight Moo, and part of the Moos at Ten team!”

Hazel writes:

Last Saturday night  was the 2012 Midnight Moo – an all ladies 10 mile walk through Milton Keynes. The herd set off a midnight and whilst they were busy striding through the early miles, Jammy Cow and her heifer friends were busy preparing the final mile for their welcome home.
At the beginning of mile 10, ready to greet the herd for their final mile was the very professional Moos at Ten Cow, Mavis.  She is a very sensible and reliable cow and in stark contrast to the next cow round the first corner. Silly Cow, Connie giggled her way through the night.
Those of you who walked the 10 miles will know that most of mile 10 is uphill so the Moos at Ten team were ready to add that extra bit of encouragement as the herd came through. Having said that, Bossy Cow’s version of encouragement is about as friendly as bootcamp with her strident, “Keep moooving!” shout. It is at this point in the early hours of the morning that you realise exactly how far 10 miles is to walk. “Holy cow, aren’t we there yet?” you may mutter as you pass the pious Holy Cow, Mary.

Continuing up Midsummer Boulevard, the end is near and breakfast at Pret A Manger awaits, a thought not lost on the perpetually hungry Fat Cow, Victoria as she patiently waved the crowds through. Normally, Hetty the Mad Cow stands out as a bit odd but last night she was in good company with lots of ladies suitably dressed up for the night.

Through Witan Gate underpass and by now there is less than half a mile to go. Bed is calling and lucky you, you’ll soon be home and tucked up. Lucy, the Lucky Cow was there, cheering you on for the final push. And only another 50 calories left to burn, something Clover, the Skinny Cow was quick to point out. Nearly at the end of mile 10 now and so very close to achieving your aim. A point to feel proud and to reflect upon why you are doing this. Willen Hospice is a fantastic cause and everyone is impressed by your fundraising efforts. Remember those Concrete Cows you passed in mile 7, well one makes a final appearance here to salute your efforts on behalf of Milton Keynes.

And there, with the end in sight, Jammy Cow welcomes you to the end of mile 10 and congratulates you on completing the Midnight Moo. A big cheer, breakfast, bath and bed.

So can you work out how many cows there were on mile 10 of the Midnight Moo? If you can and you are local to Milton Keynes then why not enter our competition to win a fabulous hamper of goodies. Visit or email your answer to

Slightly old news now … can’t believe that I forgot to write about this, but … and even better, I’ve posted my first photograph!

Despite (by her own admission) being very unfit, local Independent Midwife Valerie Gommon joined 2000 other women to take part in the Midnight Moo Walk for Willen Hospice last Saturday 17th July.  Local women walked 10 miles around Milton Keynes starting and finishing at Midsummer Place, The Centre:MK.  It was a fantastic (some say scary), sight to see the women in their pink Midnight Moo t-shirts snaking through the dark redways of Milton Keynes; despite the hour, there were plenty of people out and about to support us, with car horns beeping and people waving from their houses, we were also fortunate to have an army of volunteers to mark the route, offering support and encouragement along the way – their kind support kept us going!

Last year’s walk raised more than £100,000 for Willen Hospice and this year the amount already stands at £91,355 with money still rolling in, so it isn’t too late to add your donation

Clare Wildman says: “For me the Midnight Moo sums up all that is truly great about Milton Keynes. The way that so many people of all ages and backgrounds come together to do something a little crazy for such a good cause and the fantastic way that it runs so smoothly and everyone has such fun.”

If you are interested in walking next year you can register at

Here is a picture of Valerie along with Clare Wildman and Ady Cartwright (aka Mrs Paintbrush) preparing for the walk.Preparing for the Midnight Moo