Mates tackle trek from summit to sea

Karl Wait and Rob Murray John prepare for their Summit2sea challenge.
Karl Wait and Rob Murray John prepare for their Summit2sea challenge.

TWO Wooler men are taking on a unique mountain-to-sea challenge to raise money for a local school.

Rob Murray-John and Karl Wait are attempting their Summit2sea adventure, in which they will make their way from the summit of the Cheviot to the mouth of the Tweed, on Sunday, July 17.

And they have set a time limit of seven hours to run from Cheviot to Yetholm, then cycle to Norham before rafting down the Tweed on inflatable rafts that they will carry from the start, all to raise funds for Wooler First School.

Rob, 41, who works as head of operations at Epic Tomato, a company creating bespoke adventures around the world, and 39-year-old Karl, who runs Iconik Design, a web and graphic design company, and is a parish councillor, both have children at the first school and are on the PTA.

Rob said that while he and Karl, the only male members of the PTA, weren’t much cop at making cakes, this challenge was much more their sort of thing and a good way to raise money.

“The school has really helped out so many kids and they are really into the outdoors,” he said.

“And for a local school, it actually covers quite a big area, with kids coming from Berwick and Alnwick.”

The pair designed the challenge themselves and hope it has appeal beyond a one-off.

Rob said: “I think it’s a really cool idea, it’s got a lovely ring to it going from the top of the mountain to the sea and it’s something we could open up as an adventure race.

“I think the time limit makes it quite challenging but also a lot of people can see it as a good challenge and if we succeed, and I’m confident that we can do it, then we could make it into an annual event.”

Rob also likes the fact that the duo will take all their equipment, including the inflatable rafts, on their backs from the start.

“It makes it unsupported, more challenging and more interesting,” he said.

Rob and Karl want to raise as much money as possible for the first school. To sponsor them, contact Rob on or Karl on