A group of friends are preparing themselves for a gruelling physical challenge which will see them running, cycling and rowing hundreds of miles for a good cause.
The ten Stamfordians are set to cycle from Paris to Calais, row the English Channel, and then run to London for the aptly named task One Big Effort.
Their aim is to raise £75,000 for Children with Cancer.
Dean Cornish, of St Leonard’s Street, who is taking part, said: “I’m worried about the enormity of the bike ride mainly. I don’t fancy 20 hours in the saddle, which is possible if we get lost or we have headwinds for the entire 190 miles.
“Rowing the channel is something that is quite daunting as well. I’m not a great rower, and the thought of struggling half way across the channel leaves me a bit fearful. You can’t just stop rowing and walk for a while like you can when marathon running.”
The challenge emulates the achievements of comedian John Bishop for Sport Relief in 2012. The team will set off on their 187-mile bike ride from Paris to Calais on Monday, April 7, before jumping in the eight-man boat to row 31 miles from Calais to Dover the following day. They will then run 77 miles to London over four days before finishing the challenge with the London Marathon on Sunday, April 13.
It has been organised by staff at publisher Igloo Books in Sywell near Northampton. Dean, Will Fry and Jon Tyrrell are planning on completing the whole seven-day challenge, while Simon Epps, Steve Williams, and Chris Davis will be rowing the channel as part of the team, and David Claxton and James Bust will be doing cycling leg. Natalie Williams and Steve Jackson will complete the London Marathon stage.
Dean, 35, who conquered seven marathons in seven days in 2012 for The Prince’s Trust, admits training for the challenge has been difficult but he is determined the group will succeed. He added: “In comparison to seven marathons, it will be easier in that we’re doing different disciplines and therefore using different muscles. It’s been harder to train for though because of having to fit in all the different things.”