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Beeline Britain team travel through Isle of Man

From left, Tori James, Ian OGrady, Nick Beighton and Adam Harmer about to leave Port St Mary for the Point of Ayre by bike

From left, Tori James, Ian OGrady, Nick Beighton and Adam Harmer about to leave Port St Mary for the Point of Ayre by bike

  • by Jackie Turley
 

A team of adventurers attempting to complete the first ever straight-line journey the length of Britain reached their half way point at the Point of Ayre at the weekend.

The Beeline Britain team, which includes Paralympian and double-amputee army veteran Nick Beighton, are walking, cycling and kayaking the 1,110km route from Land’s End in England to John O’Groats in Scotland.

They left Porth Dafarch in North Wales by kayak at 5am on Saturday, and arrived in Port St Mary 15 hours later.

The following day they cycled up the west coast to the Point of Ayre. The team left the island yesterday (Monday) by kayak for the Isle of Whithorn in south-west Scotland.

Richard Strudwick, one of the crew, said: ‘They were all really excited to make it to the half-way point and to have completed two of the longest kayak crossings in the British Isles. But they are anxious to kick on, and they don’t want to celebrate too early.’

Along with Nick, the team is made up of kayak coach Adam Harmer, Tori James, who is the youngest British woman to reach the summit of Mount Everest, and Sergeant Ian O’Grady, who works with Merlin helicopters at RAF Benson.

They aim to raise £20,000 for BLESMA, the limbless veterans’ charity which supported Nick, a former Captain in the Royal Engineers who lost his legs above the knee when he was struck by an IED explosion in Afghanistan in 2009.

Follow the journey at www.beelinebritain.com or on Twitter: @beelinebritain

 

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