Photo: Steve Morley
A former Army Warrant Officer has embarked on a year-long challenge to cycle, run or walk every square kilometre of Kent in a bid to raise £5,000 for the county’s air ambulance.
Ex-Royal Engineer Steve Morley, the charity’s Property Asset Manager, has so far completed 565 out of the county’s 3,736 square kilometres.
His tour of the Garden of England began with a 33km bike ride along the Thanet Viking Trail on New Year’s Day and has also included a hike round Clowes Wood near Herne Bay and a five-mile run between Monkton and the River Stour.
The 46-year-old father of four, from Margate, has been tackling his epic challenge in between his job at the Marden-based charity.
He said: “I like to keep fit and I love navigating with maps so I wanted to combine the two and come up with a challenge that was different and unique, and I wanted it to be meaningful.
“It’s been quite tough, cold and dark so far and a little bit slower than I anticipated. I’ve definitely taken on a challenge.”
Steve, who served in the Army for 24 years, fell off his bike while cycling through woods near Canterbury but escaped unhurt.
He added: “In term of distance I’ve completed about 644kms so far, mostly cycling but also walking with family and friends. It’s taken me 52 hours so far and it will take me about 340 hours to complete.
“What concerns me is that there are some pretty difficult areas to tackle which will be a lot slower, like the marshes south of the Isle of Sheppey, but I’m absolutely confident I will complete this challenge.”
Steve can be sponsored at www.justgiving.com/Stephen-Morley4 where supporters have so far raised £440 and left messages, and where he is keeping a blog of his journey.
Air ambulance volunteer Carole Ennis wrote: “Stunned by the challenge you have set yourself – can’t quite get my head round it! Hoping for better weather for you soon.”
Steve thanked Ordnance Survey for supplying his maps and Downland Cycles Training Centre near Canterbury for their support.