On 27 February 2017, former Champion Jockey Richard Dunwoody MBE will embark on the longest fundraising challenge he has ever undertaken – to walk the length of Japan, covering a distance of 2,000 miles.
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His journey, the equivalent of a marathon a day for three months, will take him across a variety of terrains from Cape Sata on the southern tip of Kyushu to Cape Soya, the northernmost point of Hokkaido. He will walk totally unsupported, either camping overnight in a tent or staying in minshuku (very simple, traditional guest houses).
Richard is undertaking this enormous challenge to raise money for Sarcoma UK: the bone and soft tissue cancer charity. The charity has personal relevance because his nephew George (21) who represented Great Britain at the Junior World Rowing Championships in 2014, is currently undergoing treatment for sarcoma.
On what promises to be an incredible journey through this spectacular country, Richard will regularly update a photographic diary of his challenge and write a blog about the immense physical challenges he faces, as well as his social and cultural experiences.
Below are the projected dates of The Japan 2000-Mile Challenge for Sarcoma UK
- 27 February start day from Cape Sata
- 18 March reach Kitakyushu
- 2 April reach Osaka
- 22 April via Nakasendo Trail reach Tokyo
- 18 May reach Aomori
- 28 May reach Sapporo
- 10 June reach Cape Soya
*All dates are liable to change and this should be used as a rough guideline only
Follow Richard's trek on the map below. Click on the stars to read updates from some of the milestones.