Thursday 30th September at 7.30pm (BST)
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If the recent year has shown us anything, it is that we need our green spaces as a place to escape the fast-paced and unpredictable changes of the modern world. For many, 2020-21 has offered an unusual opportunity to explore the landscapes around us and engage with nature in new ways. However, how much do we really know about our green spaces and the impacts that human interference has on their survival?
Enter the Pedal 4 Parks team, who are on a mission to answer these questions and show the incredible importance of the UK’s green spaces for humans, wildlife and the future.
The team of 5 environmentally aware eco-warriors set out on a two-week cycling journey, using hand-built bamboo bikes, across six of the UK’s National Parks, fuelled by their passion for green space conservation and the desire to unearth what more we can do to save them. Along the way, the team met with numerous experts and devotees in the environmental and sustainability space, to help us understand how humans are interfering with these landscapes and what scalable solutions there are for regenerating and restoring our natural outdoor spaces. The relationship between green space and wellbeing is one that all of the team feel has been central to both their physical and mental health.
Setting off in June 2021 the team completed the famous JOGLE (John O’Groats in Northern Scotland to Lands End in Southern England) with a unique twist, making it a world’s first! The team’s journey started at the northern tip of the Orkney Islands, cycling all the way to the Isles of Scilly, pedalling an impressive 1,200 miles. More still, cycled across land, but also across 50 miles of water using specially made water bikes.
Isaac (AKA Mr.Enthusiasm) pursues the extraordinary and inspires others with his infectious enthusiasm and philanthropic approach to life. Isaac comes from Luton where he says his school failed and was shut down and reopened with some help from the government. In short, Isaac didn’t have an easy entry to adventurism with little access to outdoor green spaces. Isaac’s parents were very protective and wouldn’t trust the local green spaces/parks to hang around in as they were usually full of gangs and unsafe, so he spent much of his childhood indoors either swimming in an indoor pool, at school or at home.
It was only at university Isaac started to learn about the outdoors in a safer area with plenty of green spaces and he immersed himself in it and never looked back. Unusually Isaac started the Duke of Edinburgh award aged 20 years old reaching Silver alongside his degree, he says it wasn’t promoted at school and had never even heard about it until it was mentioned at university. Since completing a degree in Geoscience Isaac has become an adventurer and outdoors ambassador working with social groups like the Scouts/schools in poor communities inspiring them to connect with nature and the outdoors. Previous challenges have included a swim across the English Channel, Mt.Kilimanjaro Summit, Three Peaks Challenge twice and an unsupported row across the Atlantic ocean.
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As a child, Lukas suffered a lot from Dyslexia. He was pulled out of sports and his favourite subjects to learn to read and write properly. He wasn’t performing well in school, and was missing out on the things that made his days at school fun- just to ‘catch up’. It defeated him and it kept him down. It wasn’t until his secondary school days that one short moment changed his life.
This brief moment in time led to Lukas eventually rowing 3,000 miles across the Atlantic Ocean completely alone and unassisted in the Talisker Whiskey challenge. At the age of 18, he spent almost 2 months alone at sea. Rowing for 16 hours a day. Every day. For what seemed like an eternity.
The adventure offered a different challenge to the one Lukas had become accustomed to – dyslexia and surviving school – instead, the fight was against waves the size of 2 story buildings, mind-numbing solitude and hallucinations. All that aside the biggest battle was the one to purely stay alive. There were no timeouts, no ‘comeback tomorrows’ – Lukas had no place to hide and it was time for his to step up. To no longer be the kid that couldn’t read, but the man that rowed across an ocean.
This challenge sparked his interest in extreme sports and adventures. Lukas realised the importance of challenging yourself on a regular basis and jumping out of your comfort zone. The opportunities for growth and the exponential learning curve far outweighs any negatives.
Lukas decided to join this cycle as he strongly stands behind the crucial message of the challenge, and has no doubt he’ll learn a lot from it.