In the summer of 2014, Beeline Britain successfully attempted to navigate from Land’s End to John O’Groats “in a straight line”; a record-breaking challenge, never before attempted and involved 16+ days across some of the most extreme coastal, mountain and urban environments in the UK.
Beeline Britain are Tori James, who aged 25 became the youngest British woman and the first Welsh woman to climb to the summit of Mount Everest; Paralympian Nick Beighton, a Royal Engineers captain from Shrewsbury who lost both his legs above the knee when he was struck by an IED explosion on duty in Afghanistan in 2009; Adam Harmer, a senior lecturer at Liverpool John Moores University and professional outdoor instructor at the UK’s National Mountain Centre, Plas-y-Brenin, and injured RAF helicopter crewman, Ian O’Grady.
“For me, Beeline Britain is about showing that suffering life changing injuries doesn’t have to mean aspiring to less. This unique challenge is going to be hugely demanding, both physically and mentally, but it will be so rewarding to pass through some of the most beautiful parts of our country. This journey is really helping me to move on from life in the Military and transition to civilian life; I can’t wait to get going!…”NICK BEIGHTON
This incredible Endeavour involved a back breaking 100 hours in a kayak, 34 hours on a bike and more than 12 hours on foot, covering around 1100 km and took in St David’s Head, Holyhead, Isle of Man, Burrow Head, central Glasgow, Cairngorm Summit, Lossiemouth and Wick. The journey initially took them across the Irish Sea via sea kayak with the majority of land crossings performed on bicycle or hand bike. Where the terrain is too rough for even a mountain bike, the team will then travel on foot.
Beeline Britain raised thousands of pounds for the British Limbless Ex-Service Men’s Association (BLESMA) and the short film produced of their amazing endeavour was awarded the People’s Choice Award at the Kendal Film Festival.