Day One: A fantastic start
The team have kicked off their journey which will take them around the world. Starting off from base camp at the Elevate gym in Werrington, Peterborough, the crew have travelled a whopping 2329km, smashing the daily goal of 1450km. A great start that leaves the 28day goal looking like easy work!
We had been aiming to reach Croatia for the night but sailed through its lush countryside, meaning our camp for the first evening is in the country of Bulgaria. Otherwise known as the Valley of the Rose, Bulgaria is famed for its rich cultural history in Opera, folk law and of course Roses. Notable Bulgarians include football player Dimitar Berbatov and American/Bulgarian John Atanasoff the inventor of the computer. One of Europe’s more cost-effective countries, the team can enjoy a pint for less than £1.
Covering the 2329km we’ve passed through the UK, Holland, Belgium, Germany, Austria, Slovenia, Croatia and Serbia. This part of the journey is one of the most action-packed and full of rich culture and history.
Let’s see if they can carry on this form tomorrow, best of luck to our riders on the next leg of their adventure.
Distance Travelled: 2329.5km
Journey Finished: 5.67%
Money Raised: £2,540
Countries Visited: 9 Countries
The most popular mode of travel was cycling, with a few running and rowing sessions thrown in.
- Jason Jibb – 130.52km
- Ashley Hill – 130.07km
- Darren Fox – 127.59km
Médecins Sans Frontières
Today we’ve travelled through 3 countries that MSF operate in: the UK, Belgium and Serbia.
For the first time since it’s founding in 1971, MSF is offering medical assistance to the UK, due to the COVID-19 crisis. It is estimated that 41% of homeless people are now considered at high risk of COVID-19 – primarily due to high levels of chronic illness.
Since the closure of the ‘Jungle’ camp in Calais (France) in October 2016, Belgium has seen a slow but steady rise of migrants and refugees in need of material and mental support. MSF runs a ‘humanitarian hub’ at Gare du Nord, offering counselling and mental health support.
Following the break up of Yugoslavia and the series conflicts that ensued due to this, MSF has been working to supply medical and psychological care for, asylum seekers, refugees and migrants who find themselves stranded in Serbia needed treatment for violence-related trauma.
To find out more about the cause of MSF, click here.