by Charlie Martell, 6th May 2014
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Since completing the Devizes to Westminster race, I look upon other challenges people (mainly people I consider and am proud to call friends) are undertaking, pushing their limits and raising funds for charities in the process.

Flying For Freedom (FFF) now has four trained and qualified solo WIS* microlight pilots with one more in training. These pilots will spearhead FFF’s inaugural expedition, the British Antarctic Microlight Expedition. It’s not all about the exped though… military (serving or ex) WIS personnel can be part of the legacy programme and can learn to fly microlights thanks to sponsors and public financial support. Read more about what’s happening in the air
*Wounded, Injured, Sick

Niall Iain Macdonald is now in New York, along with his solo ocean rowing boat “Alliance Trust”. After several years of not only planning this challenge, but also having to put it on hold several times, NI is about to embark on his solo unsupported rowing challenge from the Big Apple to Stornoway – approximately 3,400 miles it may take NI 3 or more months to complete. This route is the less chosen route with only ten ever rowing it solo. NI will be the first person to row to Stornoway!
NI raising awareness and funds for the ‘Scottish Association for Mental Health’ and has set himself a fundraising target of £100,000.
If you would like to follow or even better, to donate, then please visit Good Luck NI!

Starting on 18 May 2014 a team of four will attempt to become the first people to complete a straight-line journey from one end of Britain to the other. This unique expedition has never been attempted before and is an audacious take on an iconic UK challenge. The route will travel through some of the most extreme coastal, mountain and urban environments that the UK has to offer. It guarantees to be incredibly challenging, both physically and mentally, but also hugely rewarding.
This strong team of four includes a serving RAF Aircrew, a serving Army Captain and Team GB Paralympian, a professional kayak coach and the youngest British woman to summit Mount Everest. All will bring their own expertises but each will also face their own challenges along the way (Nick has no legs and Tori is 5′ 1” tall!).
The journey will be completed by sea kayaking, hand bike/road bike and a section of mountaineering over the Cairngorms plateaux, one of the most exposed mountain ranges in the UK.
A lot of work has been devoted to ensure this route is feasible. There are several sections of water that have never been crossed as a single journey before…
When linked together the various stages create one of the most committing and bizarrely obvious journeys possible within the UK! The kayaking will be by far the most committing part of the journey and makes up the bulk of the trip distance.
The team are proud to be supported by The Endeavour Fund and will be raising funds for BLESMA, the Limbless Verterans Charity.
Follow the beeline here

From one rowing boat to many…
The Great Pacific Race is the biggest, baddest human endurance challenge on the planet. Ocean row boats crewed by one, two or four compete against each other in the world’s first rowing race on the Pacific. On June 7th 2014 teams from around the world will set out on a 2,400 mile journey on the world’s largest ocean from Monterey, California to Honolulu, Hawaii. This epic journey is expected to take between 30 and 90 days depending on the size of the crew and the weather. Each boat carries no sails or engines and is only moved by the muscle of the crew pulling on the oars.
For more information on the race, you can find more information when the website goes live very soon. Watch this space!

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