Gutless End 2 End 2020

This website is mostly about Justin’s 2010 and 2013 kayaking trips. But the Gutless Kayaker is setting off on a new adventurer in 2020, on foot this time! You can keep up to date on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram, and on our fund raising page on Virgin Money Giving. Read on to find out more about this trip.

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Map of our route:

No Guts, know glory

The Plan

Alice and Justin will start walking from Lands End to John O’Groats on 28th April 2020. We expect this walk to take about three months, so we should arrive in John O’Groats around the beginning of August 2020. The starting date is significant because it is exactly 4 years since Alice received her breast cancer diagnosis. Two weeks after which she was diagnosed with cancer in her other breast. Now, due to having had radiotherapy on both sides, she has reduced lung capacity and the subsequent loss of her hill walking ability.

Justin Hansen, AKA the Gutless Kayaker, has had most of his bowel removed due to Crohn’s disease, Justin now has short bowel syndrome and needs to be fed intravenously (this is total parenteral nutrition = TPN) in order to survive. While on this walk Justin will be connected to a life support system for 24 hours a day.

For accommodation we have our campervan which we shall be staying in at campsites, pubs, b&bs, friends or anywhere that allows us to plug in the van’s electrical system for Justin’s TPN fridge. We’ll stay for two nights at each campsite. Here’s how it works:

1. Drive the van to a suitable campsite that is close as possible to the end of the next day’s walk. Sleep.

2. In the morning, take transport (bus, taxi, train, friends etc) to the start of the day’s walk.

FRIENDS, RELATIVES AND SUPPORTERS – can you help us with transport or let us park up in your drive and plug in?

3. Walk to the van. Sleep.

4. Next morning, get up and walk all day.

5. Take transport (bus, taxi, train, friends etc) back to the van.

6. Go back to 1)

So, here’s where we are now with this project: planning and getting fit. We have plenty to get on with over the next few months: figuring out our route; upgrading the van’s electrical system; checking over our hiking equipment; finding potential campsites; identifying the best pubs; tweaking Justin’s TPN; setting up a social media presence etc etc.

Find out more about our training, planning, logistics and our journey by visiting Gutless End2End on facebook, twitter and instgram.

Contact us at for updates or if you’d like to help us along the way with transport or finding somewhere to park up.

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