AT THE end of April, Geoff Cater, Mike Greenslade and Andy Mullins set off in their kayaks from Tatums Beach, Portscatho, on the Cornish south coast to complete a 2,500-mile circumnavigation of Britain to raise money for charity, writes Brian Forsyth.
They are now well past the halfway point and on Friday afternoon visited Montrose before heading off again for Arbroath where they stayed the night before resuming their journey south.
All are very keen sea kayakers (as they would have to be) and met on the Isles of Scilly in April of last year.
The decided they would undertake a ‘Midlifekayak’ and raise cash for charity through sponsorship. The organisations they hope to help are Help for Heroes - a national charity supporting those wounded in the service of our country; Over The Wall - a national children’s charity which provide life-changing activity camps for children and young people aged eight to 17 who are affected by serious and life limiting illnesses; The Christian Adventure Centre – offering amazing residential, camping adventure activity experience for schools, youth groups, church or family groups; and The West of England MS Therapy Centre – which provides support and relief of symptoms to people with Multiple Sclerosis and their supporters.
Andy explained: “This is a mighty challenge – the journey has been completed by some very talented kayakers with impressive pedigrees. It has also defeated some equally talented kayakers and we are under no illusions about how tough a physical and mental challenge this will be, particularly given the fact that we aren’t exactly spring chickens any more!
“We are aiming to complete the 2,500 miles around the mainland by paddling an average of 25 miles per day. If the weather and tides are kind we will look to complete 30 to 35 miles to make up for the inevitable days stranded in tents waiting for the conditions to improve.”
Anyone who would like to donate can do so through www.sponsor-me.org/midlifekayak