‘One of the many happy memories I have of Lara is from June 2009 when we went on a last minute trip to the South of France with two other friends Jess and Digna. Whilst there, we amused ourselves one afternoon by hiring kayaks and rowing around the beautiful coast line taking in the scenery and racing each other!
I have decided to raise money for Lara’s Foundation by completing a sponsored kayak around the Palm Jumeirah , Dubai. The route will take me around the famous man-made island which is shaped like a palm tree, through Dubai marina and then back along the coast line to the start point. The length of my chosen route is around 25 km/15 miles which I will be aiming to complete in around 5 hours. Along the way I will be hoping to avoid rough seas, stingrays, giant jellyfish and the occasional shark ( I am choosing to believe that the reported sightings of sharks are untrue!) I will be completing this challenge in October so will be expecting weather in the mid – high 30’s which will be a challenge in itself and I will of course be following Lara’s ‘factor 30 rule’ as she spent many a holiday insisting that I wore a high factor!
Helping me with my challenge is my honorary life-guard, Lady Elizabeth Riesenburg, a good friend in Dubai who is very passionate about Lara’s foundation. Elizabeth is an experienced deep sea swimmer and free diver and will be helping me to train as well as making sure I am prepared for all sea conditions. She’ll also be joining me on the challenge and already has some brilliant ideas for promoting our kayak challenge and raising funds. Elizabeth’s knowledge has been invaluable so far and it’s a huge help to have her on board ( no pun intended!)’
Update – 26/09/12
‘We have now been training for 8 weeks, we will have completed approximately 85kms of training after this weekend and our total distance including on the day, will be 110kms. Our longest training distance will be 18kms which we are completing this weekend coming. We have seen huge improvements since week one where we did only 3kms. Weather conditions are cooling down slightly but we still have midday highs of up to 40 degrees, this might fall off a couple more degrees by the 12th October. (I hope!)’
Julia and Elizabeth’s challenge reported in TIME OUT. Read about it HERE
Julia and Elizabeth’s challenge reported on City 7 TV, Dubai:
On September 4th, Julia and Lady Elizabeth Riesenburg were interviewed by Tom Bushell of City 7 TV, an English language news channel broadcast across the United Arab Emirates. Sporting their super cool Lara’s Foundation vests (soon to be available for purchase online) they were drumming up support for their Jumeirah Kayak Challenge in October.
The challenge on the Radio! Listen here : http://bit.ly/12mx2dq
THEY DID IT and raised nearly £2,500 in the process!
‘ The first hour was tough going as we unexpectedly had a very strong current pushing us the wrong way and we hard to work hard to compensate for that. We couldn’t even stop for a second or we’d have been pushed off route.