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Row, row, row your boat: Wickes prepare for Cross Channel Challenge to beat blood cancer

Steph Cade
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21 May 2013

Next month, a team of fundraisers from Wickes North West region will embark on a gruelling triathlon in a bid to raise £25,000 for Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research. Intensive training is well under way for the team of 8, who will run a half marathon, kayak across the English Channel, and then cycle 200 miles as they make their way from Dover to Paris between 8 – 11 June.

Team member, Dave Weaver, shares the plans for the first stage: The Run.

After leaving Aintree, Liverpool at 8am on the 8th June we will hopefully arrive in Folkestone for approximately 4pm and set up camp.

At 6pm we will head on down to a small town called New Romney and set up to start our run at a pub called the Cinque Ports Arms on the High Street. The beauty about this run is that we stay on one costal road all the way into Folkestone.


If any of us were unsure of the size of the challenge facing us the next day, then we have 13.1 miles to think about it. As the majority of the run is literally along the sea wall, it won’t be a bad view, and if the weather is on our side we should be able to see all the way to France!

A good 12 miles of the run is flat, which at the time of driving it I thought was great until we saw the beginning of "THE HILL" - the car needed to drop down into 2nd gear, so lads, save some energy for the last mile or so as you will need it! After climbing a hill which seems as tough as Everest, we enter the town of Folkestone and run the last few yards to an area called Clifton Gardens. A great training day done!

You can stay updated with the team’s training and preparation for the challenge here, and sponsor them here.