What is the challenge?
On the 19th May 2017, we are going to be travelling from Birmingham to London in the slowest way we can possibly think of. Walking we can hear you all thinking, well you would be close but still some way off.
Crazily we have somehow agreed to navigate the length of the Grand Union Canal by pedalo. That’s 137 miles at approx 2mph and non-stop pedalling. Sounds gruelling enough right? erm nope on top of all that we are not allowed through locks or long tunnels. So at least 166 times we are going to have to carry the pedalo (Blue Thunder) out of the water round the locks and back in again. We hope to do this in under 10 days, it really is going to be a mammoth challenge.
Why would anyone do this?
In 2012 Luke lost his first born Daughter Jasmine during labour. 5 Days over her due date there was no signs that Jasmine would be still born, a shock that rocked the world of Luke and his family and a space that should be filled was left empty. After a few weeks Luke felt that he had to make sure people knew about Jasmine and to create a legacy in her name and so he went about on a fundraising mission. In 2013 the day after Jasmine’s first birthday and just 4 days after the birth of his Son Joel, he completed the Great North Run, raising over £1000 for the charities that helped him and his family when they needed it most, Sands UK and Children are Butterflies.
The following year Russ completed the cycle from London to Brighton off road, Raising money for the British Heart Foundation following a heart attack of his father in law. It was then at Joel’s 1st birthday party (there is a theme here) that Russ tried to tempt Luke to do the same ride the next year, naively Luke said that wasn’t worth people sponsoring and he would only do John O’groats to Lands End for Charity. It was then that Russ agreed and our wives never objected and so JOGLE 4 Jasmine was created and In August 2015 after 2 weeks 1100 miles unsupported it was completed, raising over £4000.00.
Sadly in 2016 Luke then lost his baby boy Freddie following some complications. There is only one way we know how to grieve and that is to push ourselves to the wire in the name of charity. So after many different ideas on Joel’s 3rd Birthday we agreed to do this challenge and Float for Freddie will ensure that Freddie makes an imprint on the world and we continue to help bereaved families and save babies lives.