Matt Willson, accompanied by friends Simon Ferguson and Tim Grimble, successfully completed a challenge to swim, cycle and run from London to Edinburgh. Following a chilly 2-mile swim in the Serpentine in Hyde Park in 1 hour 5 mins, Matt joined the team at Marble Arch, London, for a very early rise to cycle the 439 miles over four days to Edinburgh. The first two days covering 256 miles via Peterborough and Lincoln proved to be relatively easy going however days three and four were much harder with some long climbs through the Yorkshire Moors and Border Country . . .
The team were blessed with an efficient support team (Matt’s father and brother Tom) who kept them well fed and watered, and the weather was favourable, meaning that they were able to cruise into Edinburgh following a relatively easy 47 mile last day’s cycle. The following day the team were up early again for the Edinburgh Marathon which Matt ran in a painful 3 hours 50 mins. Matt could barely walk at the end of the marathon but was pleased to complete without too many mishaps apart from the odd bike accident and lost team members!
The event, which quickly evolved from a pub conversation to reality, raised over £7,000 for the JWCT and increased awareness of the JWCT and Jeremy’s story. Articles reporting on how the team fared can be seen in the Kent Messenger and on TV in the Meridian News.