Land and water challenge is just as the crow flies

Team Beeline at RAF Benson. From left, Nick Beighton, Tori James, Ian O’Grady and Adam Harmer, who will attempt to navigate Land’s End to John O’Groats in a straight line

Team Beeline at RAF Benson. From left, Nick Beighton, Tori James, Ian O’Grady and Adam Harmer, who will attempt to navigate Land’s End to John O’Groats in a straight line Buy this photo

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A TEAM of adventurers will attempt to travel by road, sea and across mountains to get from Land’s End to John O’Groats in a straight line.

Calling themselves Team Beeline, the four – Nick Beighton, Tori James, Ian O’Grady and Adam Harmer – this week collected a specially made baton from RAF Benson.

Created from the handle of a stretcher used on the battlefield, the baton will be carried throughout the journey.

The group aims to raise £20,000 for charity Blesma, which supports veterans who have lost limbs.

Making up the team is former professional kayaker Sergeant Ian O’Grady, a Royal Air Force crewman with 78 Squadron at RAF Benson.

Joining him is paralympian Nick Beighton, a former captain with the Royal Engineers, who lost both his legs in 2009 after an explosion while on foot patrol in Afghanistan.

Kayak coach Mr Harmer and Ms James, who at the age of 25 became the youngest British woman to climb to the summit of Mount Everest, complete the team.

Sergeant O’Grady, who came up with the challenge, said it was the culmination of two years’ training and planning.

He said: “Adam and I met about 10 years ago. We both wanted to do something a bit different to challenge ourselves and I came up with the idea of travelling the length of the UK in a straight line.”

They will travel from Lands End, via St David’s Head, Bardsey Island, Holyhead, Isle of Man, Burrow Head, central Glasgow, Cairngorm Summit, Lossiemouth, and Wick to John O’Groats.

The journey starts on May 18.

To sponsor the group

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