The Orienteering Foundation is pleased to hear that we and Macmillan Nurses are the two charities selected by Julian Lailey (SROC) to be recipients of money he raises in his attempt to complete the Joss Naylor Lakeland Challenge at the tender age of 73. Since inauguration in 1991, to date only 7 males and 1 female (a certain Carol McNeil) over the age of 70 have completed it. The route leaves Pooley Bridge to traverse 30 summits over a distance of 48 miles and climbing 17,000 feet (77km, 5182m) with only two road crossings.
I hope to use the opportunity to raise funds for the Orienteering Foundation. We are all acutely aware that our sport has a top-heavy age structure and know how difficult it can be for talented, and not so talented, juniors to stay and progress in it. Almost all coaching, accommodation and travelling expenditure has to be largely self-funded, or more usually family-funded, and that might be beyond the means of many. These youngsters are our future, so if you can help me raise some extra funds for them our sport might be just a little healthier. For me it’s a daunting prospect and any support I can get would be a great incentive to complete. Weather permitting, my attempt will be on 15th August.
See the final report on Julian's successful completion of the round and the total raised here.