Wednesday, 8 May 2013

7. Land's End to John O'Groats Barefoot, or by Wheelchair, Lawn-Mower, JCB Excavator, Skateboard, Unicycle, Motorbike, Public Transport, Hitchhiking, Golfing, Running, Walking, Driving. Facts and Figures.

Land's End Aerial View
John O' Groats
Land's End to John O' Groats crosses the length of the island of Great Britain between Land’s End in south west Cornwall and John O'Groats in north-east Scotland.

As the crow flies, the distance is 603 miles (970 km), but the crow flies in this unlikely scenario over water to get to his destination. By road the shortest route is 814 miles

Two brothers, John and Robert Naylor, were the first recorded walkers to do the walk in 1871, but they went from John o' Groats to Land's End.
Sir Ian Botham in his last cricket match in 1993
Sir Ian Botham with leukaemia sufferers
before Manchester to London Walk 2010
Daily Mirror photo
Rob Brough and David Sansom are joining many worthy others who do the Land's End to John O' Groats journey to raise money for charity.  Cricketer Ian Botham walked the distance in 1985, and when he came through Cornwall, the helpful Police Force slowed the traffic to a halt as he passed while Botham’s helpers collected money from motorists on either side. Since that first walk ‘Beefy’ Botham has raised over £12m for Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research. He was knighted in 2007. 
In 2011 Anthony Band ran the first 800 miles barefoot, but understandably his feet suffered and he completed the journey in shoes.  He raised money for Help for Heroes,  a charity for those who have been wounded in Britain's current conflicts. Band called his journey BARE to RUN

Walkers tend to travel off road on a longer and safer route for 1,200 miles (1,900 km) taking between 2 and 3 months. 

Cyclists take ten to fourteen days.

The fastest runner Andi Rivett took nine days and two hours, but he didn’t carry his kit.  Dan Driver was the first to run all the way with his, in just over seventeen days.

Wheelchair users, skateboarders, golfers, hitchhikers and paramotorists in motorised paragliders have also completed the trip.  Ben Hammond, 34, has just done the walk in a tutu, for some reason, for Burmese charities. Others have done it on public transport, which involves many changes. Many of them have raised money for their favourite charities. 

Reg points at Land's End
Reg Savill, a retired army sergeant from Roche in Cornwall is the oldest person to complete the journey on foot, from John O' Groats to Land's End, at the age of 74. He walked to raise money for Sunrise Appeal, for a new clinical oncology department at the Royal Cornwall Hospital in Truro to care for cancer patients.  

David Sullivan, (right) with Tim Allardyce

In 2005 David Sullivan from the Kent Golf Society walked from John O' Groats to Land’s End hitting golf balls all the way along roads and paths. He lost some balls and admitted to boredom. He took seven weeks and qualified for the Guinness Book of Records as the longest golf hole. He raised money for children's charity the Variety Club, the Tsunami Earthquake Appeal, and the Orpheus Centre, a residential arts and learning facility for the young and disabled in Surrey.

Richard Elloway
Richard Elloway went from Land's End to John O' Groats and back to Land's End in a fortnight on public transport, raising money for the Youth Hostels Association He used his free bus pass for the over 60s. 

David and Rob 

Rob Brough and David Sansom, both 19, are raising money for the charity Emmaus Oxford. The key difference between Emmaus and most other accommodation for homeless people is that Emmaus provides full time work along with a home. 

If you would like to join them for a stretch of the walk, they are currently going to Minehead, then on to Bristol, and would welcome your company. 

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