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Unique LeJoG Route – Walking in a  Straight Line

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On Saturday September 6th 2014 I set off on a journey from Land’s End and 1 month later I completed my journey at John O Groats. .

Walking in a straight line sounded easy when I first thought of it but it has turned out to be anything but easy. The logistics always have another layer of detail followed by some more planning. Planning is a bit of uncharted territory for myself, if anything that is the real challenge.

Why did I do it?

To raise awareness of Parkinson’s in the UK, especially Early Onset Parkinson’s. Being diagnosed in my 40’s with Parkinsons Disease was a shock but if I can raise awareness then I can raise funds. If I can raise funds I can help find a cure. If a cure is found I’ll be happy. So you see it’s all about me really. I should really call it the Stop Me Shaking Tour.

The route I will be taking is unique. Taking in Wales and the Isle of Man as well as some of Scotlands finest and remotest scenery. Quite a collection of diverse areas. Some of them have ever been part of a “LeJoG” route before.

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  1. Thanks for the follow, returning the favor. Always interested on how to fight PD

  2. Andrew Houghton

    What a fantastic idea, you inspire others. Keep the good work up.

  3. Thank you for liking my blog. I admire your initiative! Good luck with it! I truly believe PD can be overcome and I am devoting my life to curing it naturally!

    Best wishes,

  4. alistair macphee

    good luck john. from your cousin alistair and wife pat. xx

  5. Caroline Beaton

    Good for you John take care x

  6. Stephen McAulay

    All the best John! You will do it mate!

  7. Best wishes John! I read about you on your friend’s Facebook page. The day I happened to read it was the 13th anniversary of my dear old dad passing away – he had Parkinson’s for many many years but never lost his spark or sense of humour. As a tribute to him I have made a donation to your cause – I do hope everything goes well for you and that the weather is kind. God bless you! Sue B

  8. Hi John, could you get in touch with me on Facebook at fionaoutdoors. I would like to write about you.

  9. John&Janice Henderson.

    Hi John well done you Janice and I will see you in Groats all being well I will try and join you for some of you’re walk at this end.All the very best Janice and John .

  10. Good luck John and all the best, from a fan in Menorca.

  11. Something to which inspire to in the next couple of years. Good luck!


  12. Good luck with your walk i was at the charity 80’s quiz night last night in St. Andrews what a fantastic night and hope you raised loads of money :)

  13. Good luck. I’ll be cheering you on when if you pass through Pitlochry. Mum and dad pass on their best. Ritaxx

  14. best wishes from all the staff at haverfordwest airport good look in your quest

  15. I like your reasoning in `Why am i doing it? But even `tongue in cheek’ you do yourself a big injustice. It’s a tremendous task to take on and I wish you every success, both personally and as secretary of the Arfon & Ynys Mon Branch.

    I will do all I can to publise your event and I will endeavour to try and arrange that some dignatoties meet you at the `starting point’ of Trearddur Bay, and support on route..The branch will also have members to support / welcome you and, if we can `chat/ correspond ‘, the arrangements can be made.

    I did similar arrangements when a group of cyclist rode from Trearddur Bay to Sherringham Beach, Norfolk [just 316 miles]

    If you wish to contact me you can get me on 01248 361396

  16. Hi John, its Sarah & Mark, we met you on Barafundle beach yesterday. I hope your first leg went well to Land shipping & that you were made welcome in Pembrokeshire! Would love you to email me as I have some lovely pics to forward to you….good luck today, thinking of you x

  17. On holiday on Isle of Man and met one of your support team in Laxey. today. Was so impressed by what you are doing. Good luck John with the rest of your walk and raising awareness of Parkinsons.

  18. A pleasure to meet you John, keep up the good work. You are an amazing man.

  19. You are amazing John, you are nearly there well done, Elaine Imlack (nee Fraser) M & D days!!

  20. Wish we had known you were in our area and we would have walked with you (50 yards). Congrats on your great achievement.
    Stranraer Parkinsons Support Group.

  21. Johan van den Berg, Utrecht, Holland

    You must have finished your walk by now, John. Great job done ! I met your driver at Achlean Parking and saw you passing.
    Johan, the Dutch munroist.

  22. Fantastic! I live in Australia and trying to come up with alternative to Parkinson’s Sufferer term. i do suffer it at times. I am luckier than most and at 52 can still cycle long distances. Would love to hear how this whole project came into being. Any chance you could contact me?

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