25 February, 2014

A few thoughts from an addict

from Rick Naylor:

Published in the Winter 2012 Edition of Quo Vadis? and featured on the cover of the MG Owners' Club Magazine.
First, I must say a huge thank you to Geoff D for just about the only magazine that I always read from cover to cover. In the 6 years I’ve been in the LEJOG Assoc, I’ve always gone through QV? word for word; fascinating accounts of how other people have gone about getting from one end to the other – and it all makes me feel very humble.

I’m sure that Katharine will carry on with the tradition of giving us thought provoking accounts of derring do, tales of success and maybe the odd disaster, all interspersed with bits of info, head-scratching puzzles, and some utter rhubarb thrown in! It will be interesting to see what new twists you put into the format and style of this erudite publication, Katharine!

I did the bottom-to-top route in 2008 with my son, Simon, in the MGC; then in 2010 my little sister, Gill, and I did the top-to-bottom run; 2012 saw us repeating JOGLE – all still in the MG. And now…..oh dear…..we’re going to do it AGAIN in July, trying to raise money and awareness for the MS Trust. And that’s why I think I must be addicted to doing this daft caper! So far we’ve raised £27,000 in sponsorship for various charities – and that’s what makes it all worth while. But I have to say that it is a bit of fun, too!

The first time it took us 16 ½ hours, starting at 4.00 am. That was bottom to top, which – of course, as everybody knows – is up hill all the way; second time it was 16 ¼ hours; then last time it was 16 hours exactly. Anyone like to bet on this year's time? You’ll have to wait for our write-up later in the year to find out the answer!

Best wishes to everyone at LEJOG Assoc,
Rick Naylor

Gill and Rick at Land's End, the finish of their 2012 JOGLE run.

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