ABOUT THE CHALLENGE
My name is Sean Bettinson and I am undertaking TGBAC solo for the following reasons:
1. Raise awareness and funds for good causes close to me;
2. Highlight the stunning beauty that is Great Britain;
3. Provide inspiration and opportunities for individuals, groups and charities to experience adventure.
One person to undertake eight epic adventure challenges solo, split into 22 separate stages, across three countries, for three great causes.
- Cycling from Lands End to John O’Groats, and complete en route:
- The Three Lakes Challenge;
- The Three Peaks Challenge;
- The Welsh 3000s;
- Complete a #MicroAdventure;
- Complete three 1-day Adventure Triathlons.
All within 13 days.
One ultimate challenge in one beautiful Great Britain. #tgbac
Next year we hope to open up stages of the TGBAC for individuals, groups and more charities to take on in their own time. More details to follow.
A solo attempt at eight epic adventure challenges using three modes of travel for three great causes across three stunning countries.
Map & Live Tracker Link
Stages of the challenge
The itinerary for the 22 stages, to be completed over 13 days, is subject to change. Keep connected and view my position on the Live Progress tab for updates.
Cycling totals: 1,717km with 23,375m ascent.
Canoe totals: 69km canoeing.
Climbing totals: tbc
Stages 1-3 (Saturday 12th – Monday 14th August)
Cycle – Lands End Visitor Centre to Bala (596.6km, 10,100m ascent)
Night 1 near Dunsford. Night 2 near Usk. Night 3 in Bala.
The Welsh Adventurathon (Tuesday 15th August – full day)
Stage 4 – Canoe – Llyn Tegid (Bala Lake) (1-2 hours) (11km)
Stage 5 – Cycle – Bala Lake to Pen-y-Pass (49.6km, 1,170m ascent)
Stage 6 – Climb – Mount Snowdon (723m ascent)
The Welsh 3000s (Tuesday 15th & Wednesday 16th August)
Total distance: 40.55km. Total ascent: 2,983m.
Starting from the summit of Mount Snowdon
Stage 7 -Climb – The Snowdon Range (3 summits) (3 hours)
Stage 8 – #MicroAdventure (Night 4)- Secret location (8 hours)
Stage 9 – Climb – The Glyderau Range (5 summits) (6 hours)
Stage 10 – Climb – The Carneddau Range (7 summits) (6 hours)
Night 5: Conwy Valley.
Stages 11 and 12 (Thursday 17th – Friday 18th August)
Cycle – Conwy Valley to Newby Bridge (247.8km, 2,230m ascent)
Night 6 North of Preston. Night 7 near Newby Bridge.
The English Adventurathon (Saturday 19th August – full day)
Stage 13 – Canoe – Lake Windermere (2-4 hours) (18km)
Stage 14 – Cycle – Ambleside to Great Langdale (12.4km, 280m ascent)
Stage 15 – Climb – Scafell Pike to Seathwaite (5 hours, 990m ascent)
Night 8 Bunkhouse in Keswick.
Stages 16 and 17 (Sunday 20th – Monday 21st August)
Cycle – Seathwaite to Ford, via Dunoon (362.1km, 3,840m ascent)
Night 9 near Cumnock. Night 10 banks of Loch Awe.
The Scottish Adventurathon (Tuesday 22nd August – full day)
Stage 18 – Canoe – Loch Awe (4-9 hours) (40km)
Stage 19 – Cycle – Kilchurn Castle to Fort William (86km)
Stage 20 – Climb – Ben Nevis (6 hours)
Night 11 near Glen Nevis
Stages 21 and 22 (Wednesday 23rd – Thursday 24th August)
Cycle – Fort William to Duncansby Head Lighthouse (346.7km, 4,265m ascent) or Brora
Night 12 near Ardgay/Brora
Challenges now part of the #tgbac 2017, to be completed within 13 days:
Lands End to John O’Groats cycle ride
A slightly altered route to encompass the additional challenges below.
Three Peaks Challenge – eco-style
Complete the Three Peaks Challenge with us ‘eco-style’. Join us in the afternoon on Tuesday 15th August at the base of Snowdon and complete the stages with us until the base of Ben Nevis. You can opt out of the Welsh 3000s and/or cycle stages if you wish.
Three Lakes Challenge – eco-style
Complete the Three Lakes Challenge with us ‘eco-style’. Join us in the morning on Tuesday 15th August in Bala and complete the stages with us until the completion of Loch Awe. You can opt out of the stages in between the canoeing if you wish. Let us know if you need the contacts to hire canoes for each lake.
The Welsh 3000s
We are aiming to start at the summit of Snowdon and finish in the town of Bethesda within 16 hours.
Adventure Triathlons (England, Scotland or Wales)
Join us on Tuesday 15th August (Day 4) for the one day Welsh Adventurathon; canoe, cycle and climb challenge.
Join us on Saturday 19th August (Day 8) for the one day English Adventurathon; canoe, cycle and climb challenge.
Join us on Tuesday 22nd August (Day 11) for the one day Scottish Adventurathon; canoe, cycle and climb challenge.
Camp out by a lake in the mountains whilst undertaking the Welsh 3000s. Exact spot to be revealed.
THE GOOD CAUSES
How you can help:
1. Donate just £3 (or multiples of) on our JustGiving page.
2. Get friends/colleagues to do the same.
3. Raise our profile on social media.
WE APPRECIATE YOUR SUPPORT
We would love your support with the challenge, whether this is donating £3 (or multiples of), telling friends, pushing our cause on social media platforms, or becoming a sponsor.
You can be one of our Main Sponsors or be a Stage Sponsor, sponsoring one the 22 stages on the challenge. More details here.
If you would like to join us this year on a stage or two then contact us and let us know what suits you best.
Let us know if you would like to take up one of these challenges yourself, with friends or colleagues, in your own time. Whether a group of friends, corporate teams, or charity fundraising, we can provide the logistics and staff to make a difference.
Send us a message of support, subscribe to the challenge email updates, or message us if you wish to be a Main Sponsor or Stage Sponsor.