Thursday, June 24, 2010

Andrew and Gareth to traverse the Pyrenees

Island duo to traverse Pyrenees

A 26 mile road marathon is not normally a warm up but two Island runners are planning greater things when they set off for the Pyrenees mountains this Friday (25th June 2010).

Andrew McEwen and Gareth Knight from West Wight Road Runners are about to embark on phase two of a marathon challenge in aid of Huntington's Disease Association.
They have already completed the London Marathon 2010 and now the pair are aiming to complete a coast to coast crossing of France through the Pyrenees. They will be travelling as light as possible but still need to carry full camping kit and everything they need for a five week journey.
They will be mainly following the beautiful but gruelling French GR10 route starting in Hendaye on the Atlantic Coast near to Biarritz and ending up 550 miles later at Banyuls sur Mer in the Mediterranean. They are extending the trip with a two day diversion into the stunning Spanish Ordesa gorge about halfway through
The route generally takes over 7 weeks to complete but due to work commitments the duo have just five weeks for the journey so they will need to make fast progress through the mountains to acheive success. 48,000 metres of ascent and descent through rough mountain terrain confront them on their way.
Huntington’s Disease is a progressive hereditary degenerative neurological condition affecting about one in 10,000 of the population. Although this is rare it means that about 6,000 people are affected in Britain. There is currently no cure but ongoing treatment and care are often extensive and need to last about twenty years due to the slow progression of the disease.
Any sponsorship for Huntington's Disease Association would be gratefully received and can be made at the web site below.

Follow progress of the trip:

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