The Great Tandem Challenge 2018
In April 2018, James embarked on a mammoth 230 mile fund raising tandem ride. The ride was initially going to take James from the home of Liverpool FC to Chelsea FC, accompanied by an ex pupil.
However, due to safety concerns, James opted to cycle the full 230 mile distance around a cycle track in Bath over 5 days. In some often bitter conditions, James rode up to 50 miles a day accompanied by a wonderful selection of friends and local volunteers.
James completed his challenge on Friday 4th May accompanied by his wife Olivia who did the final 15 laps with him. Very sore and very very tired James was relieved that it was over but thrilled to have achieved his goal of riding 230 miles and raising over £25,000 in the process.
Thames challenge 2017
In April 2017 James undertook an 128 mile row which began on 27th April at Lechdale, Gloucestershire and ended in Teddington, London on 1 May. Almost the entire length of the River Thames.
For the challenge, James was loaned a ‘Tub Pair’ boat by the Leander Club and he was supported throughout his journey by a series of friends and family who rowed with him. The weather was not on the rowers side but despite the rain, cold and wind they completed the row in 5 days.
The challenge raised over £60,000 which has been used to support the many I Can & I Am projects within state secondary schools for both pupils and staff.