LETJOG is Nick Heath’s Charity Website, founded in Spring 2021 ahead of my successful 58-day unsupported solo walk from Land’s End To John O’Groats. The trek was completed in aid of Mind, Parkinson’s UK and The Hospice of St Francis, and details of my LETJOG 2021 journey are on the Tab above.
Whilst the wonderful memories of my LETJOG walk remain, the needs of so many persist in these uncertain times. A lot of us have family or friends suffering with Parkinson’s disease, and my next adventure is alongside my old schoolmate Rob, who had a diagnosis around five years ago. Rob volunteers for medical research into the condition, and has set his own fundraising challenge supporting Parkinson’s UK.
Together, Rob and I will be trekking the Wainwright-inspired Coast to Coast Walk, from St Bees in Cumbria eastwards to Robin Hood’s Bay in Yorkshire. Setting off in early April, we aim to cover around 200 miles through the Lake District, the Yorkshire Dales, and the North York Moors. How wonderful it will be to enjoy this fabulous countryside together, and with various friends joining us along the way!
Parkinson’s UK are one of the LETJOG charities that I supported last summer, and they continue to work on a cure to the condition whilst providing support for sufferers and changing attitudes to the disease.
Follow my Blog via the above Tab, and please support the vital work of Parkinson’s UK on Rob’s fundraising page:
“Parkinson’s UK would like to extend a huge thanks to fundraisers Robert and Nick for taking on their remarkable challenge. Without the generosity of people like you, Parkinson’s UK would not be able to grow, expand its services, and continue the search to find a cure for Parkinson’s. Together we can bring forward the day where no one fears Parkinson’s.” Parkinson’s UK
All sponsorship monies, gratefully received, will be passed on in full to Parkinson’s UK.
I’m Nick Heath, a young ‘60-something’ who loves trekking, nordic walking, and just being(!), in the outdoors. This passion has led me into some ambitious endurance events and to undertake some wonderful journeys on foot around the UK and overseas.
Based in west Hertfordshire, my recent trekking experience aside from LETJOG includes many of the UK’s long-distance paths, including the Pennine Way, and some significant overseas walks such as the Gokyo Lakes and Everest Base Camp trek in Nepal.
Having enjoyed trekking long distance paths for some decades, I also took up nordic walking (with poles) about 14 years ago, initially as therapy for a lower back condition. In recent years I have participated in a number of endurance and competitive nordic walking events, including the 2019 Nordic Walking UK annual marathon around Purbeck, where I somehow managed to stride to second place!
My solo and unsupported LETJOG (Land’s End to John O’Groats) nordic walk in early Summer 2021 was kindly sponsored by a great many generous friends, family and followers of my Blog. In total we raised nearly £13,000 for three wonderful charities in the healthcare sector, namely Mind, Parkinson’s UK and The Hospice of St Francis in Berkhamsted. More details of my 2021 LETJOG walk can be seen on the LETJOG Tab, and on my Blog Tab, above.
LETJOG C2C (Coast to Coast) is my next goal. In April 2022, alongside Rob Stubbs, one of my oldest friends, I will be walking around 200 miles across northern England, over the wonderful hills and valleys of the Lake District, the Yorkshire Dales, and the North York Moors.
I will be recording our preparations and our journey in my Blog:
The walk will be self-financed, including all administration, travel, accommodation, food and drink, and other expenses. All sponsorship monies will be donated in full to Parkinson’s UK.
Starting on 2 April, it is our intention to do the walk in one go, over 16 walking days, although the challenge allows for extensions due to external reasons (including any pandemic restrictions), injury or illness, or other personal reasons, up to an end date within 6 months.
No motor transport, ferries or cycles, will be used on our route. Such transport will be allowed from the route to and from accommodation, etc, so long as the entire C2C route is walked.