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Prince Harry congratulates record-breaking team

Prince Harry congratulates record-breaking team

13 June 2014

The first ever straight-line journey from Land’s End to John O’Groats was completed at midday today. The Beeline Britain team, including a Paralympia…

Nick Beighton Nick Beighton BLESMA Member & Paralympian

Preparing for life after the Army when it’s all you’ve ever really known can be daunting, but for Nick he is looking forward to the next challenge, th…

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May 2014: Beeline Britain

Land's End to John O'Groats, but in a straight line

The Challenge 

A team of four adventurers including Blesma Member Nick Beighton completed the Land’s End to John O’Groats journey in a straight line. The crew used kayaks and bikes, but also hiked across the Cairngorms in Scotland. The route was approximately 603 miles and took 30+ days. The team have so far raised a staggering £14,800 but have vowed not to stop until they have reached their target of £20,000.

The team are now taking requests for presentations about the challenge, so if your event needs an inspiring talk by one or more of the adventurers, please get in touch via email to mediasupport@blesma.org.

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The Team

Ian O’Grady – Ian currently serves as a helicopter crewman on Merlin helicopters with the Royal Air Force. Before joining the military, he travelled while working as a professional kayaker, white-water raft guide and climbing and mountaineering instructor. Recently, Ian has been balancing his military career with recovering from a pelvis injury.

Nick Beighton – Nick is currently serving as a Captain in the Royal Engineers, but is due to soon leave the Army. During an operational tour of Afghanistan in 2009, Nick was out on foot patrol when he stood on an Improvised Explosive Device (IED), causing him to lose both legs above the knee. Nick has come back strong from his injuries to compete in the London 2012 Paralympic Games in the Trunk and Arms Mixed Double Scull where he and his partner Sam Scowen finished 4th. He is now preparing for a life outside the Army.

Adam Harmer – Currently one of the best qualified kayak coaches, Adam works at Plas y Brenin (The National Mountain Sports Centre in Snowdonia) and is a Senior Lecturer in Outdoor Education at Liverpool John Moores University.

Tori James – Tori became the youngest Britain woman and the first Welsh woman to reach the summit of Mount Everest aged just 25. She has also completed a number of extraordinary challenges including the 360-mile Polar Challenge with an all-female team. Tori now works as a motivational speaker and consultant as well as supporting a number of charities and organisations.

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