Jim passes 2,000-mile mark on amazing journey around GB coastline

Massive congratulations to Wednesdayite and former London Owl Jim Morton after completing the first 2,000 miles of his remarkable walk around the coastline of the Great Britain mainland.

Jim, who was a well-known and active member of the London Owls in the late seventies and early eighties, began the tremendous trek from his hometown of Penistone in April and today passed the 2,000-mile mark on the 103rd day of his travels.

Added to that, during the walk he has also scaled Scafell and then Ben Nevis last Saturday and our intrepid Jim is currently making his way along the often testing coastline of West Scotland.

The epic journey sees Jim fulfilling a lifetime’s ambition and, at the same time, he is raising money for the Gurkha Welfare Trust. He is a Royal Navy veteran, having worked closely with the Gurkhas as a teenage rating on HMS Gurkha, and is now raising money for the Trust after seeing veterans and their families suffer in the Nepal earthquake back in 2015.

He has so far raised more than £4,500 of his £50,000 target and all monies will go towards rebuilding villages and homes so badly hit by the destruction.

Jim is aiming to complete his 7,500-mile marathon by next May and you can follow his daily exploits – apart from the occasional rest day – on his Facebook and Instagram pages by logging onto ‘I may be gone a while’.

He posts regular video updates on the sites and his wife, Sue, keeps the social media coverage up to date with pictures and reports from his daily diary.

Sue is also driver of the couple’s motorhome for the trip and the couple celebrated their 35th wedding anniversary on Monday … Jim having the day off to mark the occasion.

If any fellow Wednesdayites are up in the north of Scotland in the coming weeks then we’re sure Jim would be pleased to see you … his daily route is also posted on social media.

We will continue to give updates on his progress on the London Owls website and if you would like to sponsor Jim on his tremendous trek then you can go to his Just Giving page ‘I May Be Gone A While 2021’ to donate.

Good luck, Jim, on the rest of your amazing journey! WAWAW!!

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