Paul Dewar attempts a 1600 mile journey into the unknown
21 consecutive days of hell and quite possibly a broken body and mind
On the 2nd May 2016 I will start cycling from Land’s End to John O’ Groats and then back down to Brathay on the northern shores of Lake Windermere. I have allowed myself 10 days for this section of the challenge, that’s going to equate to an average of over 130 miles a day, every day, for 10 days. If I am very lucky this is going to be 8-9 hours of riding plus breaks, if I am not so lucky it could be a nightmare 12+ hours in the saddle.
It’s going to hurt.......a lot.
Once I make it back to Brathay I will be preparing myself to swim the length of the lake, an estimated distance of 10ish miles in one day. I have no idea how long this day will be, I will be tired, I will struggle to get energy into my body whilst in the water and it is so weather dependant.
It’s going to be cold........very cold.
The very next day I will be embarking on the Brathay 10 in 10, a marathon every day for 10 consecutive days, on the same undulating route around Lake Windermere, hard enough on its own without having cycled and swam for 11 days beforehand, just off the scale if you have.
It’s going to be tough.......very, very tough.
I am taking on this challenge in order to raise funds for The Brathay Trust. This is a wonderful charity that seeks to help children and young people who have fallen through the fabric of society. They face many challenges - living in an age where youth employment, anti-social behaviour, urban deprivationand gun & knife crime make news headlines on a daily basis. Brathay helps some some of the most vulnerable, abused and disengaged to make a successful transition into adulthood.
Community support and youth work in some of our most disadvantaged towns and cities, combined with life changing residential experiences in the Lake District, help young people to build their self-esteem, skills and confidence to flourish and enjoy their lives in the widest sense.
I need your help, I need your support. If you feel that you would like to sponsor me then please do so at www.justgiving.com/tohellandback1600 or click on the widget thing on this page and it will take you straight there.
I am self funding this challenge and can guarantee that all the monies that you donate will go to Brathay Trust to enable them to continue the good work that they do.
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