Longboard marathon for Malawi aid trip

James Dixon with his longboard on the seafront
James Dixon with his longboard on the seafront

A 22-year-old will take on 26 miles on his longboard along Eastbourne seafront this weekend to raise cash for his aid trip to Malawi.

James Dixon, of Gore Park Road, will start at Holywell and complete six stretches of the promenade for his charity marathon.

James said, “I am due to travel to Malawi in late 2013 and am required to do some fundraising that benefits my parent charity, Progressio, through publicity and the direct receipt of funds.

“This wheeled adventure arises from an altruistic desire to help others as I shall be volunteering in Malawi for ten weeks either through agricultural work or HIV/AIDS awareness programs.

“This will not be a holiday and travel for volunteers will be strictly limited to the respective work programs we engage in.

“I am expecting it to be hard work.”

James is looking forward to the challenge and told the Herald, “I just thought it would be something a bit different and something enjoyable too. “

The former Cavendish and Park College pupil, said, “ I have been doing some training. I have just been working to gradually build up my distance.

“I have been long boarding for about five years. It is not too intensive - I guess it is a cross between running and cycling.”

James is hoping to cover the distance in around three hours.

He added, “I went out the other day and did ten miles and that took me an hour so I think three hours is realistic as I realise I won’t be able to keep up that speed all the way.”

He is calling on supporters to help him as he needs to raise £800 to enable him to go out and work with the Malawi people.

He is calling the challenge push for Malawi and has uploaded a You Tube video to raise awareness of his charity work.

For more information or to sponsor James visit mydonate.bt.com/fundraisers/jamesdixonpush or call him on 07875756332.