A West Norfolk man is preparing for a mighty fitness challenge to help two charities close to his heart.
Steve Tibbs, 46, of Walpole Highway, is aiming to cycle from Lynn to Skegness, kayak across The Wash to Hunstanton and then run back to Lynn – all in one day.
He is aiming to complete his 85 mile Around The Wash Challenge in 18 hours on bank holiday Monday. His target is to raise £2,000 to be shared between the SPEADA children’s charity and Cambridgeshire Search and Rescue.
The bike ride, which Steve plans to start at midnight, will cover about 55 miles and take about six hours. He expects to make the 14-mile Wash crossing is about five hours, landing near Hunstanton Sailing Club at about 2pm. He then hopes to complete the 16-mile run to Lynn in about three hours.
He is most daunted by the prospect of the Wash crossing, which is subject to favourable weather conditions. “It’s the scariest part for me. I’m a member of the Search and Rescue kayak team and I have a lot of experience of kayaking in inland waterways but I have not done sea kayaking before. Fortunately, I will be with a very experienced kayaker.”
The starting and finishing point of the challenge will be the Providence Street Community Centre, where SPEADA meetings are held. Steve works as a volunteer for the charity, which runs an integrated youth group and supports young carers.
He is also a volunteer for the search and rescue service, which helps the emergency services with missing persons searches and flood alerts.
He can be sponsored by going to www.charitychoice.co.uk/fundraiser/stevetibbs/around-wash-challenge.