“A quarter of a century ago, a group of 26 fit and healthy young men and women from the property industry decided to take on the London Marathon to raise money for Great Ormond Street Hospital and successfully raised an enormous half a million pounds for the charity. Now in 2013, with that same drive and determination to go the extra mile for ground-breaking charities, and unfazed by the trial that lies ahead, 21 JOGLERs, half from the original marathon team, together with some brave new souls, are returning in May to face the next great challenge – cycling from John O’Groats to Land’s End (JOGLE). Some JOGLERs will complete the journey over 18 days and others will do it in just 10 days, and those harder pressed for time will join the peloton along various legs of the route. Together, they hope to raise as much, if not more, than they did back in 1988.”
That’s the curtain raiser to the Joglers web site. One of these brave souls is Tweed’s own Tweed Wheelyboat guru Bill Quarry. Please do give generously not only for his bravery (Bill is recovering from heart surgery) but also for the very worthwhile cause of the Wheelyboat Trust for whom Bill is raising funds, along with Landaid and Dementia UK. Individual Donations Link to Bill’s donation page. Corporate Donations Link to the Joglers Corp. donations page.
His profile on the Juglers website says “Bill is a retired marathon veteran, having run in 20 marathons. He is currently recovering from heart surgery and dislikes cycling, preferring to spend his time in retirement fishing and writing the history of salmon fishing on the River Tweed. His personal charity is The Wheeelyboat Trust which provides fishing for disabled and injured soldiers on the Tweed.” The journey will see the 18-day JOGLERs travel on average 57 miles per day, while the 10-dayers will cover around 100 miles per day, south-westwards across Scotland and down the west coast of Britain, passing through a number of sleepy villages and descending on the hotels brave enough to accommodate them, before reaching their Cornish destination. Bill is taking part in the 18 day cycle party and we at FishTweed and FishPal would like to wish him well on his approaching adventure.