Shrewsbury paralympian Nick Beighton and Oswestry helicopter crewman Ian O’Grady have joined forces with mountaineer Tori James and Welsh outdoor instructor Adam Harmer on the the never before attempted challenge.
Beeline Britain will involve an ambitious 100 hours in a kayak, 34 hours on bikes and more than 12 hours on foot, covering almost 700 miles and taking in St David’s Head, Holyhead, the Isle of Man, Glasgow, and the Cairngorm summit.
The challenge was the idea of Crewman Ian O’Grady, who wanted to launch a record breaking twist on the traditional British journey. It will take place in May and is raising money for Blesma, the charity for limbless servicemen and women and their families. It is being supported by The Endeavour Fund which was created by The Royal Foundation of The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry.
Nick, 32, represented Great Britain in the London 2012 Paralympic Games in the Trunk and Arms Mixed Double Scull missing out on a bronze medal in a photo finish. A captain in the Royal Engineers, he was in Helmand Province in Afghanistan in October 2009, when, while on patrol he stood on a mine and lost both his legs in the attack.
He said: “This is a challenge never before attempted and involving 16-plus days across some of the most extreme coastal, mountain and urban environments in the UK.”
Ian, 37, originally from Oswestry now lives in Oxfordshire. He has been in the RAF for seven years. He is currently flying Merlin helicopters in 78 Sqn in the UK and abroad.
The Shropshire duo are being joined by Tori, 32, from Cardiff, who aged 25 became the youngest Britishwoman and the first Welsh woman to climb to the summit of Mount Everest, and Adam, 33, from Gwynedd, a university lecturer, outdoor instructor and a previous winner of the Yukon 1000, billed as the world’s toughest kayak race.
This weekend the team prepared for their journey with a continuous day-long kayak, spending as long as possible in their boats in wet and windy weather.
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