Mountain-top to coast for charity

Rob Murray-John and Karl Wait at Yetholm during their Summit2sea challenge.
Rob Murray-John and Karl Wait at Yetholm during their Summit2sea challenge.

A PAIR of intrepid fund-raisers have completed the first ever Summit 2 Sea challenge in Northumberland.

On Sunday, Rob Murray-John and Karl Wait made their way from the summit of the Cheviot to the mouth of the Tweed in six hours, raising funds for Wooler First School.

The duo, who are both members of the school’s PTA and have children there, set themselves a target of under seven hours for the challenge they designed, which involved running from Cheviot to Yetholm, then cycling to Norham before rafting down the Tweed on inflatable rafts that they carried from the start.

Karl said: “The conditions were quite interesting as we ran through the eye of a storm with lightning around us on the top of Cheviot.

“The cycling was arduous, and the kayak section great and a welcome relief given that we had carried and run with them for over 30 miles.

“The river was in spate so we dodged a few floating hay bales, but we made it to Spittal Point in one piece to a great family-and-friends welcoming party. I have to say it was great to do three disciplines in one day.”

The two feel that Summit 2 Sea now has the potential to be opened up to the public as a challenging adventure race and fund-raising vehicle.

Rob, 41, who works as head of operations at Epic Tomato, a company creating bespoke adventures around the world, and 40-year-old Karl, who runs Iconik Design, a web and graphic design company, and also a parish councillor, don’t have the full total raised yet but are hoping to hit over £1,000.

They are asking that anyone who is interested in sponsoring them to contact either Karl on or Rob on