The journey will be in aid of three wonderful causes: The Alzheimer’s Society, The Puzzle Centre and Medical Detection Dogs (for more info please click on the Charities page).
16,500 miles (well, 16,299.809 to be precise) is the minimum required for a world walk according to the World Runners’ Association (WRA) – a select, super hardy posse of endurance athletes who have already run/walked the world – or are doing so. All of them big hearted, determined, inspiring – and, in the best possible way, mad as March hares.
Walking around the world sounds bonkers but it is actually quite doable. Now that America, Europe and the Middle East are complete, the idea is to keep jiggling east in a continuous line across Africa and Australasia – from coast to coast (WRA rules). I will also cover a swathe of the fifth continent, Asia.
I hope to walk 15 – 20 miles a day with occasional pit stops. It will take, and this is very much a guesstimate, fours years, but might vary due to terrain, weather, visa rules, bunions and a host of other imponderables. I will travel light, carrying my belongings in a small hiking cart.