I AM VERY PLEASED TO BE INVOLVED IN ANOTHER UPCOMING CHARITY ENDURANCE EVENT: RIDE & STRIDE!
FROM 7 TO 15 SEPTEMBER A TEAM OF TEN OF US WILL BE CYCLING, RUNNING AND NORDIC WALKING OUR WAY AROUND THE NORTH COAST 500 (NC500) AMONGST THE HIGHLANDS AND ISLANDS OF SCOTLAND. OUR EFFORTS ARE ALL IN AID OF CANCER RESEARCH UK, MIND & PARKINSON’S UK. Further details below.
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 can be followed on the LETJOG 2021 and BLOG tabs above.
My second trek, in April 2022, alongside my old schoolmate Rob Stubbs, entailed 200 wonderful miles across northern England on the Coast to Coast (C2C) Path. This walk followed the Wainwright-inspired route from St Bees on the Irish Sea coast of Cumbria to the North Sea at Robin Hood’s Bay in Yorkshire. Undertaken in aid of Parkinson’s UK, our journey is covered on the C2C 2022 and BLOG tabs above.
Follow our progress on my BLOG tab above.
Ride & Stride starts out on the North Coast 500 (NC500) on 7 September. We comprise a team of ten friends who will be cycling, running and nordic walking over 500 miles around the fabulous landscapes of Northern Scotland. Four of us go back a very long way, and on the trip we will be celebrating 50 years of friendship since we started secondary school together in 1972! Along with six others, and over nine days of activity, we will be challenging our fitness and stamina and aiming to create some new and lasting memories, whilst raising awareness and funds for three amazing charities.
Cancer Research UK, MIND and Parkinson’s UK are three national charities that are all very close to our hearts. Through personal experience and through family members and close friends we have seen first-hand how the research and support services provided by these three organisations play such a positive part in improving the wellbeing and future prospects of those affected by these conditions.
If you are keen to hear more of our Story, and perhaps make a kind contribution to one or more of our wonderful charities, then you can do so by clicking on the following link:
And you can read more on the great work of these three charitable organisations by clicking on the following links:
As for the challenge of the North Coast 500 itself, we are expecting the journey to be a tough and unforgettable challenge! You can find out more about the NC500 and keep up to date with our preparations and progress @ nickletjog on Instagram:
or by clicking on the BLOG tab above, or on the following link:
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 and the C2C comprises 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 15 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 LETJOG walk can be seen on the LETJOG 2021 tab, and on my BLOG tab, above.
I completed the C2C walk alongside my old schoolfriend Rob Stubbs in April 2022, raising over £3,500 for Parkinson’s UK. Again, our journey can be followed on the C2C 2022 tab, and on my BLOG tab, above.