The Chief Executive of Dorset Wildlife Trust has completed his week-long cycle around all 42 Dorset Wildlife Trust Reserves. Cycling every day for a week, Simon Cripps covered between 35 and 50 miles a day. His challenge was in aid of Dorset Wildlife Trust’s 42todo challenge to explore all 42 reserves in DWT’s 50th Anniversary year.
What happened on his challenge?
Simon kept a daily blog of his adventures, recording where he had been visiting, what he has seen and any mishaps that he encountered. His exploits have included a close encounter with the MoD, battling steep hillsides aided with chocolate bars and trip to Brownsea Island.
Simon said: “This was a wonderful thing to do and I’d highly commend to anyone to visit all Dorset Wildlife Trust’s reserves. Perhaps not all in one fell swoop, but any way and at any speed that suits you. It confirmed to me that DWT has some of the finest bits of natural Dorset in the county and together they make up a picture of the huge diversity of this wonderful county. It’s been a great and inspiring week.”
Another 42todo completed
Not only has Simon taken on the challenge, but another member of the Dorset Wildlife Trust team managed to cycle all 42 reserves in just over 24 hours. Peter Tinsley, Living Seas Manager, supported by a number of DWT staff and volunteers, managed to cycle a total of 391.33 km or 243.16 miles, raising over £1000 for DWT.
Peter said “A huge thank you to everyone for helping out over the weekend we couldn’t have done it without you. It made a huge difference knowing there was someone looking out for us and those cups of tea were increasingly welcome as the hours went by.”
Notes to Editor
For more information please contact Nicky Hoar at Dorset Wildlife Trust on 01305 264620.
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