Sporting Footprints was launched in the summer of 2012 with a family fun day and barbecue at The Bluebells holiday home in North Waltham, Hants. This was a great success as we introduced Sporting Footprints to friends, family and local residents and raised vital funds to kick start our charity.
In February 2013 we organised a 20 mile sponsored canal walk along the Kennet and Avon canal and 10 fundraisers walked tirelessly all day in the cold but dry conditions and certainly earned the great amount of sponsorship money raised.
In June 2013 we continued the walking theme and this time took a team of 8 intrepid adventurers on the National ‘Three peaks challenge’. It proved to be a great success as we climbed Ben Nevis, in Scotland, Scaffell Pike, in England and finally Snowdon, in Wales all in a time of 22 hours and 50 minutes including travel time in between. Their were some tired bodies and heavy legs afterwards but again, the fantastic support and sponsorship kept everybody motivated until the end.
In the summer of 2014 we decided to ditch the hiking gear and swap it for pushbikes as 4 of our supporters took on the ‘way of the roses’ coast to coast cycle ride. Starting in Morecambe, Lancs and finishing in Bridlington, Yorks this 170 mile route was tackled in just 2 days and passed through some stunning English countryside along the way. Once again the messages of support and funds raised kept the lads going when the hills got tough and the English weather was very kind too that weekend.
2015 saw us organise our most ambitious challenge to date which was a Hike-Row-Bike triathlon in Coniston, Cumbria. The challenge started with a 3 hour hike up and down ‘The old man’ in Coniston and was followed by the 10 fundraisers rowing in pairs across Coniston Water and back, which turned into a bit of a race and a wet one at that. To finish off the day was a gruelling 50 mile cycle ride around this very scenic, but equally hilly, part of the Lake District. Again the weather was kind and the challenge was completed by all at around 6pm after 9 hours of continuous exercise. The day was helped by a fantastic support crew that kept everybody refreshed and motivated through the day.
Our Family fun days have become a popular annual event and we are grateful to Sebastian’s Action Trust for allowing us the use of The Bluebells and its fabulous surroundings.