Meet Roger from John Cooper Quiz Walks

Hi Roger — tell us, what’s a Quiz Walk?!

Our Quiz Walks combine a circular countryside stroll in Surrey and neighbouring counties with cryptic clues to solve along the way — people go round in teams to do this. We’re all about getting out into the fresh air and having a Sunday walk with some fun observational and word-based questions thrown in. Each walk is newly devised and takes the organisers a good few days’ work to put together.

Sounds competitive — do joiners need to turn up regularly?

Not at all — we’re very relaxed about it. If you want to try and win our annual league then go for it, but we have plenty of people who focus more on the walk than the quiz. We just want people to come along and enjoy themselves and join in when it suits them.

Is it suitable for kids or are the walks too long and the questions too tricky?

Children are very welcome! For them we produce a kids’ question sheet aimed at children up to about 13 years old. The walks are around 3 miles but we pick areas where the going is easy and people can take their time — there’s no rush.

How long has the club been going?

John Cooper started the club in 1957 and I’ve been involved since the very beginning – I did the first walk as a teenager and I still love it. The core group are a great bunch of people and we’re always delighted to have new joiners.

What’s your ambition for the group?

We’d love to have more families and kids along — it’s a great way to get children outside and active and for families to do something fun together. Last year we had a Quiz Walk devised by two teenagers, Kiran and Zara, the children of Peter Evans, himself a long-time organiser of ours.

Kiran and Zara  - Quiz Walk organisers July 2017

Kiran and Zara  – Quiz Walk organisers July 2017

How is HulaHub helping you?

We started in the ‘50s but we’re keen to use modern technology to keep growing! HulaHub is helping us encourage more people to come along and because it helps with our admin we can focus on what we enjoy the most — devising more Quiz Walks!

The Quiz Walks tend to start and finish at the pub!

The Quiz Walks tend to start and finish at the pub!

If you’d like to book on a walk you can do so here, and find out more about the group here.

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