An adventurer is attempting to be crowned Britain’s ultimate strongman by completing an endurance hat-trick after cycling around the world solo.
James Ketchell, 31, is being sponsored by Fisherman’s Friends and set off from the Royal Observatory in Greenwich Park, cycling the first leg of his world tour to Dover and will be joined by friends, family and local scouts.
James completed the 70-mile ride in just 8 hours. In total, he will cover 18,000 miles on his quest to see the world in just six months.
James defied doctors who told him that he may never walk again after a motorcycle accident three years ago and has since climbed 30,000ft to the summit of Mount Everest and rowed 3,000 miles solo across the Atlantic. If he completes the 18,000 mile cycle, he will become the first an to have ever accomplished
all three feats.
This is the latest in a string of challenges for James in 2013, the most recent of which saw him represent Great Britain by completing the gruelling 15-mile Fisherman’s Friend German Strongman Run obstacle course in less than four hours.
He said: “I can’t wait to get started on my cycle, I’ve been planning this trip for months and with the help of Fisherman’s Friend, it’s just amazing it’s finally coming to fruition.”
James hopes to raise £18,000 for The Elifar Foundation which aims to help disabled children and adults.
“I’m hoping that for every mile I cover, at least £1 pound will be raised for Elifar. It’s such a good cause and one that really does make a difference,” said James, “It’s also a pretty cool thought that I will become the first man to have rowed 3,000 miles, climbed Mount Everest and cycled around the world.”
He plans to cycle upwards of 150 miles per day and has sponsorship from a number of sources, including Fisherman’s Friends. James will record his journey with the help of a production company.
James will be visiting different scout groups in each country he visits to fill them in on his adventures.
To follow and support James on his journey around the world visit: www.jamesketchell.net
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