This is my first challenge for seven years - and I am doing it to raise awareness for Sarcoma UK: the bone and soft tissue cancer charity.
The charity is of personal relevance as my nephew George, 21, who represented Great Britain at the Junior World Rowing Championships in 2014, is still fighting the disease, having undergone both chemotherapy and proton therapy in the past 18 months.
On 27 February 2017 I will embark on this, the longest challenge I have undertaken, to walk 2000 miles, from south to north, the length of Japan’s three largest islands; Kyushu, Honshu and Hokkaido. I aim to walk between 20-30 miles a day, unsupported and camping out – or staying in minshuku, the Japanese equivalent of B & B’s or ryokan, local hotels.
Setting out from Cape Sata in the southern tip of Kyushu, I hope to reach Cape Soya, the northernmost point of Hokkaido in June.
On what promises to be an incredible journey through this spectacular country I will regularly update a photographic diary for the challenge.
You can follow my progress at:
I am already up and running with donations and would like to thank The Thompson Family Charitable Trust for being one of the first.
Thank you very much for supporting me!