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Taking on the Thames Ridgeway Challenge

18 June 2018 chsw Fundraising

Luke and Josh from Bath are about to embark upon the Thames Ridgeway 360 Challenge, an endurance event which sees participants run/trek along the Thames Path, then kayak down the River Thames, followed by a cycle along the Ridgeway - Britain's oldest road - for one of the longest off-road rides in the country.

Luke said, “We will be setting off at 6am on Saturday 23rd June and hoping to return back to base by 3pm on Sunday 24th having mountain biked 85 miles, kayaked 25 and ran a marathon on our way along the Thames Path, Ridgeway and surrounding area.”

The men are raising funds to support Bath’s only dedicated children’s hospice, Charlton Farm based in North Somerset. Run by Children’s Hospice South West (CHSW), Charlton Farm provides care for children who have life-limiting conditions who are not expected to live into adulthood, whilst supporting their whole family.

Emily Mitchard, Community Fundraiser at CHSW said, “We are so grateful to Luke and Josh for taking on such an extreme challenge in support of CHSW. Their fundraising will help us provide care and support to local families from the point of diagnosis through to bereavement and beyond, for as long as families need us.”

Luke, a school teacher at Kingswood Prep School, was introduced to CHSW as it is the school’s charity of the year. He said “Josh and I are both keen sports people and enjoy getting out on the bike and running but have never attempted anything quite this long before! We are aiming to pace ourselves and eat and drink a lot as we go along. We have been training all around Bath and Somerset, recently running 15 miles of the coast path and having a big cycle back!”

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