Beeline Britain – the record breaking straight-line journey. Have you ever considered what it would be like to travel between two of the UK’s most iconic landmarks in a straight line? Or even where that line goes? Ever since the brothers John & Robert Naylor made the first recorded journey between Land’s End and John O’Groats in 1871, thousands of teams and individuals have completed the journey in a variety of ways, but never in a straight line. In May 2014, the Beeline Britain team set out on this straight line journey which comprised the UK’s largest open sea kayak crossing, its second highest mountain and its third largest city. The team of four included a serving RAF Aircrew, a retired Army Captain and Team GB Paralympian, a professional kayak coach and the first Welsh woman to summit Mount Everest. Team member Tori James will take us on a fascinating 1,100km journey from south to north revealing just exactly what it takes to journey by sea kayak, road bike, mountain bike and on foot through some of the UK’s most extreme urban and rural environments.
Tori James, at the age of 25, became the first Welsh woman to climb Mount Everest. Tori stars in the BBC documentary ‘On Top of the World’ which was produced about her expedition and she is the author of ‘Peak Performance’ which describes her record-breaking climb to the summit on 24 May 2007. She was born in Pembrokeshire and grew up on a farm where she claims to have gathered much of her toughness for venturing outside in all weather. She recently discovered that she is a distant relation of Admiral John Lort Stokes RN who sailed on the Beagle with Charles Darwin between 1831-1836. After gaining a degree in Geography from Royal Holloway University of London, Tori secured her dream first job working for British Exploring, a charity founded by a member of Scott’s Antarctic expedition 1910-1913. In 2005 she was a member of the Pink Lady PoleCats, the first all-female team to complete The Polar Challenge, a gruelling 360 mile race to the Magnetic North Pole. In 2010 Tori cycled the length of New Zealand, a total of 2400km, unsupported from north to south. Tori lives in Cardiff and works throughout the UK and internationally. She is a motivational speaker and consultant delivering leadership training and team development for business as well as youth development projects.
www.beelinebritain.com – @beelinebritain Tori James – Speaker, Adventurer & Consultant www.torijames.com – @torijtweets