On 27 February 2017, former Champion Jockey Richard Dunwoody MBE embarked 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, took him across a variety of terrains from Cape Sata on the southern tip of Kyushu to Cape Soya, the northernmost point of Hokkaido. He walked totally unsupported, either camping overnight in a tent or staying in minshuku (very simple, traditional guest houses).
Richard took on 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.
RIcahrd made an incredible journey through this spectacular country and kept a Facebook diary about the immense physical challenges he faced, as well as his social and cultural experiences.
These were 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
Follow Richard's trek on the map below. Click on the stars to read updates from some of the milestones.