Scout leader Jim Godden from Alveston completes epic coastal race
AN ALVESTON Scout leader has triumphed in an epic 200-mile kayak, running and cycling race.
Jim Godden, 51, completed the Open Adventure Coast to Coast adventure race over the August Bank Holiday weekend with his friend Eddie Winthorpe from Bristol.
The 220-mile race took place over four days across the recognised Wainrights coast to coast route between Whitehaven on the west coast of Cumbria to Robin Hood’s bay on the east coast of Yorkshire.
Competitors – solo, pairs or in teams of three – complete a range of kayak, fell running and mountain bike races each day. Between each stage there is a transition point, where the sportsmen can be assisted by their own support crew to change gear for the next stage.
The first day involved a gruelling seven-mile sea kayak, bike ride, kayaking across two lakes and then fell running before a 500m swin.
Mr Godden said: "The hardest stage was the initial kayak stage, as neither of us had a great deal of experience of sea kayaking, especially in a rather tippy racing kayak."
The following three days were equally challenging.
"Day two started with a bike to a kayak stage across Thirlmere, then a run over Helvellyn, one of the highest mountains in the Lake District," explained Mr Godden.
"Day three saw the kayaks being left behind, with a run, bike, then run again, including a fell run in early morning low cloud across Nine Standards, finishing in Northallerton."
The pair took nearly 27 hours in total to complete the route.
They were the first pair to finish and overall finished fifth of all those that finished the course. For more information on adventure racing opportunities, visit www.openadventure.com
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