THE WARRIOR RETURNS: SAM BOATWRIGHT RETURNS TO SKIPTON ON THE COMPLETION OF HIS EPIC TRIATHLON
Sam Boatwright, our local epic triathlete finally finished his latest voyage at our Skipton offices.
Sam set himself the mammoth challenge of swimming the channel, cycling from Land’s End to John O’Groats and running back. He set off on Wednesday 24th July and arrived back in Skipton in just over two weeks!
As is the nature of these things, not everything went quite to plan, unfortunately he had to abandon his channel swim part way, but undeterred, he carried on and started his cycling leg from Land’s End on his bike, managing to make it up to John O’ Groats in just over 30 hours, with a bike tyre emergency on the way.
Once Sam reached John O’Groats, the experience of trying to cycle on some of the busy main roads made him think twice about setting off the way he had just come and he decided to find a way to do the equivalent distance but in a more rural setting. He changed his route and decided to run the spectacular and mountainous, North Coast 500 – 500 miles of Scottish coastline, then back down through the lochs, across the border back into England, allowing him to finish the expedition in his hometown of Skipton. It felt all the more fitting for him to be able to end his journey here, allowing all his local supporters to welcome him back and celebrate his achievements.
Sam had the best support all along the way with his family travelling with him, including his nine-month-old baby girl, Nellie, which no doubt helped give him the motivation and strength to carry on through the tougher moments.
We have thrown our full support behind Sam and greatly enjoyed the opportunity to do so, the fact that it hasn’t been without its struggles makes his achievement even more commendable; that he never gave up even when he may have wanted to. His strength and determination throughout has been incredible and I think it’s safe to say the whole town is proud of him.
We chose to sponsor Sam as we were driven to help a local hero achieve his ambitions and inspire others as well as raise money and awareness for his chosen charity SSAFA.
As Sam often says himself, he is a regular guy! He has completed this challenge astonishingly, in his summer holiday break from teaching – he is not a professional athlete and every goal he sets himself is nothing short of incredible.
We look forward to finding out the next exciting target he sets for himself. What he does encourages others, including us, our 2019 Rural Solutions Challenge will be announced soon!
For more information about Sam Boatwright and the challenges he has taken part in, please visit: www.samboatwright.com