James Ketchell completes super-triathlon

James Ketchell finale

Hampshire Scout Ambassador and serial adventurer James Ketchell cycled into the history books on Saturday when he completed his epic bike ride across the globe.

Since last June, he has cycled 18,000 miles through 20 countries – a feat which makes him the first man to have rowed the Atlantic, climbed Everest and cycled around the world.

Amazing journey

Scouts welcomed James as he crossed the finish line in Greenwich Park, London – the same place where he began his amazing journey seven months earlier. ‘It’s an incredible feeling,’ said James. ‘I'm just so happy and relieved to have done it and hopefully I’ve inspired other people to achieve what they want to do in life.’

Scouts from Hampshire are certainly inspired by James. They’re aiming to cycle 18,000 miles as a County and achieve their Captain Ketch challenge badges. A Scout Group from Australia, who James met on his journey, has also taken on the challenge.

Formidable challenges

James has conquered formidable challenges despite breaking both his legs, an arm and an ankle in a motorcycle accident in 2007. He says that the Scouting spirit has spurred him on: ‘The top bit of Scout wisdom that I take on my adventures is always having determination to get the job done.’

Find out about the highs and lows of James’s global cycle ride by reading part I, part II and part III of his blogs. For more details and photos, check out his website at jamesketchell.net and follow him on Twitter @CaptainKetch. James is raising funds for charity ELIFAR – you can support him at justgiving.com/captainketch.

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