2012 is shaping up to be one very busy year!
So far, I’ve put in a tremendous amount of training, preparation and planning for this years antics and I’ve managed to slot in one trip to the Arctic with legendary polar explorer Jim McNeill. The rest of the year is shaping up a little like this…
April: Depending on funding, I’ll be heading up to the Arctic again for a short trip which I’ll use for the ‘Justin’s Journeys‘ schools project.
May: I’ve teamed up with a presenter from the most listened to radio station in the Midlands,Simon Alexander of Touch FM, to undertake a challenge for the Children’s Trust. We’re going to paddle a variety of ‘craft’ around the ‘Warwickshire Ring’ – the 106 mile canal network around the Midlands. The lead up to the challenge ad the challenge itself will be covered quite intensively by Touch FM and several newspapers. We’re trying to get as people joining us for small sections as possible, so if you’re up for a challenge over the first bank holiday weekend in May then drop me a line!
June: At the very start of June I’m quite happy and proud to say that I will be escorting The Queen as part of the flotilla on the Thames Jubilee Pageant. Then I’m paddling around the Isle of White with the London paddleboard crew (and Ed, who’s doing it on a strange lie-down paddleboard thing!) A few weeks later I’ll be heading back to the Arctic (glutton for punishment that I am!) for something very different!
July: July is a little more peaceful with just one gentle 100km running race to get through, a weekend with the ‘Just for the Challenge’ Kili Crew and then getting ready for a busy August.
August: Last years event that I did for the Children’s Trust, the ‘Channel to Channel‘ went really well, despite my apparent lack of planning. Loads of people joined in with the event itself and ‘spin off’ events, newspapers and radio stations across the country broadcast the event and talked about the Children’s Trust, we raised a fair few pennies for the charity, we got people doing things that they didn’t think were possible and we had a jolly good time. I’m running the event again this year, but I want to make it even BIGGER and BETTER! The planned start date coincides with the last day of the Olympics, 12 August. Watch the website for more details. Then, at the end of August, I’m being joined by some fantastic people to fly over to Africa and climb one of the infamous ‘Seven Summits’, the highest mountain in Africa and the tallest free-standing mountain in the world, Mount Kilimanjaro!
September: September will see the start of the build up to next polar expedition…. watch this space for details!
As well as all of the above, I’ll still be hammering away with the ‘Justin’s Journeys’ schools project, giving talks all over the country to businesses, business clubs, schools and colleges, writing for various magazines (and a book coming soon!), training people and getting involved with loads of activities all over the UK to promote sport for health – and there may still be a few spaces to slot a little more in – somewhere!
Please keep watch on what’s going in and if you’d like to join in with anything, either you as an individual or by getting your company involved in supporting any of the projects then please do get in touch.