John and Marjorie from Gamblesby have been developing their sea kayaking skills with the help of Distant Horizons in preparation for a unique charity fundraising triathalon. Read on to hear their story:
Joanne and Richard (daughter and son in law) whilst staying with us for Christmas said that they were thinking about doing a super triathlon from John O’Groats to Lands End; cycling, running the highest peaks (Scottish 4000 ft. peaks: Lake District and Welsh 3000ft. peaks) and swimming the longest lakes (Loch Awe, Windermere and Bala). Richard would do the cycling, Joanne would do the swimming and would John be interested in doing the running part of this venture! This would involve supporting the swimmer in a kayak and this appealed to me – the only drawback being I had never kayaked. I contacted Distant Horizons to enquire about a course as kayaking was something I had always meant to have a go at but never got round to doing. John then decided he would keep me company on this day course and the rest is history. We kayaked on our own for a few weeks and then had another day course with Jason and also some pool sessions to learn how to rescue each other, a swimmer and ourselves if necessary. We are now hooked on kayaking and try to get out at least once a week. At times it had been pretty cold to say the least but we really enjoy our time on the water – some days more than others!
The great end to end is now upon us. Richard will start the cycling on 30th June and we hope between the four of us to complete the journey over 10 days. We have decided that it would take too long to swim Loch Awe (further than the English Channel!) and will be kayaking that instead. So watch this space....