Often in science progress can be slow but this week I am taking a well deserved (yes I do say so myself) holiday and observing others make a different kind of slow progress.
My partner, Rob, is currently taking part in the 3 peaks yacht race. This is a crazy event where teams of 5 sail up the west coast of the UK dropping off a pair of runners at various points along the way where they run inland and summit the highest peaks in Wales, England, and Scotland. Rob is one of the runners in team Sail 4 Cancer raising money for them and the work they do. Its a really great cause so if you do have some time you should find out more about the work they do our if you are feeling super generous you can support them with a donation.
Currently their progress in the race is pretty slow and many of the teams are finding it a struggle as we have had no wind so the teams have been doing a lot of rowing rather than sailing. They set off from Barmouth in Wales on Saturday afternoon and reached Caernarfon around 2 in the morning – that’s when they had to run the 24 miles to the summit of Snowden and back. They then sailed/rowed to Whitehaven to make the long journey to the summit of Scafell Pike (around 54 miles cycle and run). Just this morning they have set off again to Scotland where the highest peak of them all, Ben Nevis, awaits.
It really is a crazy challenge I think you’ll agree and all to raise awareness of this amazing charity!