This weekend will see a raft of intrepid adventurers head to Cornwall to take on the brutally tricky Man vs Coast challenge – and our very own Sam Silcocks is among them.
With a 23-mile route that includes ascents of 3,000 feet, brooding moorlands rough-hewn rocks, crashing waves, big swells, short swims and water jumps, the course is no mean feat, winding its way from one side of the Cornish peninsula to the other with a number of twists and trials along the way.
Sam, who has now been training for four months in readiness for Saturday’s event, is aiming to raise more than £400 for Parkinson’s UK in memory of his grandmother, who died from the condition earlier this year.
Sam said: “This challenge is meant to be one of the most exposed, but most enjoyable and beautiful challenges in the country, and I have put a lot of effort into practicing and preparing for the tasks ahead.
“Starting at St Michael’s Mount and finishing at Land’s End, the route has plenty of surprises in store, and we’ve been warned that while it’s a running event, and not a swimming one, that we will be expected to brave the waves along the way. I’ve been running five times a week in preparation and am ready for anything.
“The fastest competitor last year completed the course in four hours 30 minutes, so it’s definitely not something to be taken lightly. I’m hoping that the weather will continue to be kind – though I could do without the kinds of temperatures we experienced last weekend; that’s more suited to paddling in the sea, not running through it!”
Anyone wishing to support Sam can sponsor him via his justgiving page.