David Fox-Pitt MBE and Neil Laughton are taking to the road to do Lands End to John O' Groats on their Penny Farthings. Up to 80 miles a day for ten days with no suspension, gears and a solid wheel in order to raise much needed funds for Mary's Meals. David and Neil started their Miles for Meals Expedition (on Tuesday 30th July) just as Mary's Meals (the charity they are riding for) have hit the or headlines for reaching the milestone of feeding over 1.5 million children!
When asked, a “penny for your thoughts?” David Fox-Pitt expounded...
“Mary’s Meals is a phenomenal charity that Neil and I were determined to help.With HENDRICK’S GIN’S generous sponsorship support we have been able to put our wheels into motion and take on this challenge to raise much-needed funds. Mary’s Meals began by feeding just 200 children in Malawi in 2002. Today they feed 1.4 million children annually. Just £15, the cost of a round of G&Ts, is enough to feed a child for a whole school year! Which is why we’re hoping people will text Penny15 to 70085 to pledge £15.”
You can track Neil and David's progress here: https://share.findmespot.com/shared/faces/viewspots.jsp…
You can make a donation to Mary's Meals by texting PENNY15 or penny15 to 70085 to give a £15 donation that will feed one hungry child for a whole year!
Alternatively, you can donate online here: https://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/fund…/showROFundraiserPage…
This is their planned itinerary:
The Town or City they will be visiting each day is listed in brackets in the schedule below.
Monday 29th July
Brighton to Lands End (Car) (Lands End)
Tuesday 30th July
Lands End to Altarnum (Plymouth)
Wednesday 31st July
Altarnum to Willand (Exeter)
Thursday 1st August
Willand to Thornbury (Bristol)
Friday 2nd August
Thornbury to Stourton (Birmingham)
Saturday 3rd August
Stourton to Warrington (Manchester)
Sunday 4th August
Warrington to Kendal (Leeds)
Monday 5th August
Kendal to Lockerbie (Carlisle)
Tuesday 6th August
Lockerbie to Kirknewton (Edinburgh)
Wednesday 7th August
Day off to Glasgow (Car)
Thursday 8th August
Kirknewton to Pitlochry (Perth)
Friday 9th August
Pitlochry to Tomatin (Inverness)
Saturday 10th August
Tomatin to Brora (Wick)
Sunday 11th August
Brora to John O’Groats (John O’Groats)
Monday 12th August
John O’Groats to London (Car)(London)
Tuesday 13th August
London to Brighton (Brighton)
At the end of each day’s ride, the tireless two will don their top hats and tailcoats, hop back on their mounts and cycle into one of 16 towns and city centres to continue their fundraising efforts. In the towns and cities they hope to meet the locals, provide demonstration rides and enjoy a well-earned Hendrick's Gin and Tonic, or two. Indeed, in key cities passers-by will be rewarded for their generosity with a token redeemable against a refreshing Hendrick's Gin and Tonic at local participating bars.
By Wild Fox
In the 2019 New Year Honours list, David was given a MBE for his contribution to ‘the adventure challenge industry and charity’. David is the creative force behind some of the biggest names in Scottish challenges: The Martin Currie Rob Roy Challenge, The Cateran Yomp, The Artemis Great Kindrochit Quadrathalon, the Glencoe Marathon (the UK’s toughest marathon) and the Loch Ness Marathon.
Speaking to the PA earlier this week, David explained his motivations for becoming an expert in his field.
“A lot of it is hard graft and far from glamorous but the whole point is to do something really worthwhile. There’s nothing more rewarding than being able to excel at what you really want to do. Over the last 20 years I’ve developed 17 major events which have been rewarding both for participants and charities. I’m motivated to make a difference and the book, talks and leadership courses I now do are motivated by my desire to help inspire. There are some distinctly Perthshire events that have evolved to get bigger and bigger. The Rob Roy Challenge starts at the foot of Drummond Hill in Kenmore giving walkers and cyclists a choice of distances and challenges. That’s raised £4 million for local, Scottish, UK and international causes. I love the knowledge that people enter and find these events worthwhile and the spin off is we can help charities like Mary’s Meals feed 10,000 children a day in Malawi or work to make a real difference for cancer survivors, as we do by supporting Maggie’s centres. The Artemis Great Kindrochit Quadrathalon started 20 years ago, taking people in a mad dash around Loch Tay. They swim the loch, climb seven Munros, kayak 7.5 miles and cycle around the loch. That event alone has had a massive impact; it’s raised £9 million for charity including match-funding from the European Community and Department for International Development. The £40 million raised by participants the events I have organised is the money we know about - when people enter there’s no way to tell what they raise additionally for their own charities once they have met the sponsorship threshold we set for our causes.”
In Aberfeldy there is another visible sign of David’s philanthropic urge: The Workshop, a hive of practical activity which has given apprenticeship opportunities to over 100 people. Opened in 2014 by MSP John Swinney, The Workshop is a social enterprise started by Northern Lights, a charity for which David is a trustee.
“It’s been a huge success,” he says. “I’m very proud of what the team at The Workshop has achieved.”
The most recent adventure for David has been writing a book: “Why did I do it? Not to show off, but to explain that you need a passion, that anything worthwhile is worth fighting for.”
Find out more here:www.davidfoxpitt.com
By Wild Fox
David Fox-Pitt MBE, MD and creative mastermind behind WildFox Events has written an exciting new book: Positiverosity. In this inspirational book he gives encouragement in an uncertain world through seven golden principles defined by his own adventures, his altruism, and his training in the SAS.
You can order copies direct from the publisher or from Amazon.
By Wild Fox
The BBC joined us at the Artemis Great Kindrochit Quadrathlon in July, and captured the action for an episode of the Adventure Show. The Event featured on The Adventure Show in November. You can see the episode trailer on our Facebook page. The full episode is available on the iPlayer and for those of you outside the UK, here are a couple of options: this download service might help if you've found it difficult to see the films: https://www.reelhouse.org/mountainmedia
And DVD's of the Adventure Show programmes can also be found at: http://www.mountain-media.co.uk/sales/dvds.php?pg=1
By Wild Fox
David and Jo flew to Paris to meet Mark Beaumont as he completed his World Record Breaking cycle round the world, cycling in to Paris on Day 79. Mark has long been a supporter of WildFox Events and has taken part in the Artemis Great Kindrochit Quadrathlon, the Etape Royale and the Rob Roy Challenge. Mark has also cycled the Etape route with David on a Pennyfarthing. David took his Pennyfarthing to Paris.
By Wild Fox
We currently offer six beds at Ardtalnaig through Airbnb, two of them run by WildFox at Kindrochit, Ardtalnaig. VIEW MORE INFO
Camping is also available here by prior arrangement. Contact Jo to find out more on firstname.lastname@example.org
Use us as a base for a fun weekend and do some training while you are here.
We can point you in the direction of other places to stay in the area. Nearer Perth we'd like to recommend www.pitlandiewoodlodges.com
By Wild Fox
Why not arrange a trip to WildFox HQ, Kindrochit? We can create bespoke breaks to help you prepare for any WildFox Event or other adventure challenge. We are based on the south shore of Loch Tay overlooking the Ben Lawers Range and are ideally located for year-round training weekends.
David Fox-Pitt, founder of WildFox Events, has more than twenty year’s experience helping groups to achieve their dreams - be it rowing the Atlantic, climbing the Seven Summits or walking to the South Pole. He has delivered training weekends for the SAS and designed leadership activity courses for schools and a huge range of adult groups - for example stag parties, a charity for injured US Marines, inner city youth charities and corporate teams.
WildFox can facilitate camping, kayaking, bushcraft, walking, cycling, archery, paint balling, Highland Games, cross-country skiing - and much more. WildFox has many contacts in the surrounding area who can bring their expertise to any course as required and we have many resources such as marquees so we can throw a great party to round off the whole experience.
WildFox Events has a range of accommodation options including camping, an American RV Camper and a comfortable Airbnb twin bed flat (Kindrochit Garden Flat). The Village of Ardtalnaig has additional B&B accommodation with fully catered options and holiday cottages available to rent. We have accommodation available all year round for short breaks and can facilitate training to suit your requirements.
By Wild Fox