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Cub Scout Leader Jon Holder, 28, has broken a world record by skateboarding the length of the UK in just 16 days.

Starting in John O’Groats on a blowy autumn day in October, Cub Scout Leader Jon Holder set off to skateboard the length of the UK in just 20 days. Over 900 miles later, reaching the coast of Cornwall, Jon completed the epic challenge in an incredible 16 days, beating the current record of 21 days.

Overcoming many setbacks including a hurricane, illness, a trip to the hospital, exhaustion and technical issues, Jon says that although it has been an incredibly difficult challenge, he would not have changed it for the world.

Jon, who is a Cub Scout Leader at 2nd Reepham Scout Group in Norfolk credits Scouting for his success. He says, ‘Without the skills and resilience that I have learnt as a Scout and leader, I don’t think I could have completed this challenge. The mental strength and physical stamina that was needed meant that I needed to draw from the experiences I've had in Scouting. Scouting has also encouraged me to do things for others, so this challenge was dedicated to two charities that I’m supporting.’ The Sue Lambert Trust and SNAP will receive much-needed funds and recognition from this trip.

In light of his achievement, Jon has been awarded a Commissioner's Commendation. His County Commissioner contacted Jon this week to congratulate him, saying that Jon's actions and determination in this challenge are a credit to his dedication, and that he is 'an inspiration and a role model for young people in the Movement.'

John Mckean, also from Norfolk, drove a support vehicle on the trip. 'John has been an invaluable resource on this adventure. Without his help and support, I know I would have been hungry, beyond exhausted and probably hospitalised, I owe him a huge debt of gratitude', says Jon.

Jon is hoping to use his adventure to encourage his Cubs and others to follow their dreams. He is holding talks in his local area and Facebook Live sessions. If you have been inspired by Jon’s adventure or want to find out more, check out Jon Holder on Facebook or search #bigskatedown on twitter.

 

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