In 2009, at 15 I walked 1235 miles off-road from Land’s End to John o’Groats in 63 days for charity and became the youngest person to walk that distance on their own. Now, 18, together with my good friend Alex, 19, and in 2012 we intend to undertake a challenge double that distance and aim to complete it over the 40 days of Lent 2012 to celebrate the coming of the Olympics from Greece to London! We intend to undertake this again for Macmillan Cancer Support, a phenomenal cause and for their centenary and for Amnesty International, a worldwide defender of human rights.
This over 4000km triathlon (3250km cycling, 813km running and 122km swimming), will be unprecedented, with such triathlon distances not being covered self-supportedi before. The actual Olympic torch will be lit at Temple of Hera in Olympia, Greece on the 18th May and will be flown to England by plane. We intend to bring another representative Olympic torch to England from the same temple via a 4000km triathlon one month earlier. Along with two flags (the Union Flag and the European Flag) and all our necessary gear. On February 22nd 2012, after two years of planning and training, Alex and I will set off from Greece on a 4000km triathlonii; running, swimming and cycling through all 40 days of Lent, arriving in London on April 7th! We’ll cycle through Southern Europe, swimming across the Adriatic Sea between Capo Linguetta and d’Otranto, continue cycling through Italy to Northern Europe, dismount and run the final 800km to, Trafalgar Square, Great Britain. By travelling the equivalent of two Olympic triathlons a day (103km). This is a self supported event; carrying own necessities: food, drink, tent, clothes, etc. We will record our progress and the culture of the region we are running through, by video, pictures and blogging, recording both our training and challenge in a full-length documentary, which will be available after the event! We shall use the documentaryfor further awareness and fund raising events!
Sharing our experience
This is a unique and heart-warming event because it will not only celebrate the past, the route and pilgrimage being steeped in the historic nostalgia and natural beauty that it is, but also celebration of society as it is today, the modern Olympics, the current work Macmillan and Amnesty is doing and the “citizens of this world”; the people that Alex and I meet along the way, those that follow us, those that inspire us to continue and those that support us.
We will be sharing the challenge through the latest in networking technology:
* through GPS our followers can track in real-time our progress
* we will upload videos to both our website and YouTube
* comment on our progress, feelings and route through Twitter
* updating our page and group on Facebook
* a collaboration of all of these things, in much more detail, will feature on our dedicated website
* we are also intending to write a full length travel book of both the event and training
* while on the run we will be utilising our cameras to record a full length documentary
* traditional Newspaper, Radio and Television interviews