Two adventure racers are combining three of the UK’s toughest endurance challenges to create a hiking, biking and kayaking expedition of over 1,000 miles – and they plan to complete it in under a week.
Bruce Duncan and Anthony Emmet will start their mission with the Bob Graham Round – a 65-mile run over 42 of the Lake District’s mountains in under 24 hours. Next up will be the John O’Groats to Lands End cycle, which they’re doing on a tandem – 874 miles that they hope to complete in about 60 hours. And finally they’ll take on the Devizes to Westminster International Canoe Race, a 125-mile and 77 portage kayak race, which they hope to finish in 24 hours.
The pair, who are calling the expedition The Epic Tri, are doing it to raise money for Cancer Research, and their target’s £25,000.
“We both wanted to do something for charity, but as extreme endurance athletes felt we couldn’t get away with running a 10km fun run to raise money for Cancer Research,” says Anthony, who works for outdoor company The North Face.
“We know we’ll suffer a lot, but at the end of it we can stop and recover, whereas many cancer sufferers don’t have the luxury of being able to stop and turn off their pain.”
“It will be the hardest thing we’ve ever done – the toughest thing will be the fact that we are on each stage for such a long time,” continues Bruce, who’s won the Wenger Patagonian Expedition Race three times.
“It will take huge mental strength – but we’re both pretty bloody minded when it comes to things like this!”
The duo set of on the Epic Tri on Monday 18 April and they expect to reach Westminster Bridge on Sunday 24 April. So far they’ve raised over £4,500 – for more information, see http://theepictri.com/.