Setting a new world record

In spring 2018 I will be attempting to set a new world record by stand up paddle boarding the iconic British adventure route Lands End to John O'Groats.  

Setting off from Cornwall I'll travel almost 800 miles under my own steam, navigating British coastal waters to discover our country from a new angle.

Having never been done before, a lot about the challenge is unknown. But if one thing's for sure, I know that I'm not going to let anything get in my way.  Inspired by my friend Sean, who become the first person to swim the length of Britain back in 2013, I'm eager to push my limits and take on an adventure that goes far beyond anything I, or anyone else, has ever done before. 


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The stats

Distance: 800 miles

Duration: 5-6 months

Leaving: Spring 2018

Mode of transport: Stand up paddle board

Making sure I don't die: A live-on support boat

Route: Lands End, tip of Wales, east coast of Ireland, Caledonian Canal, east coast of Scotland to John O'Groats

Expected animal encounters: seals, jelly fish, lots of birds and fish, may be some killer wales or dolphins

Cake supplier: TBC

Photo credit: Andy Bartlett

Photo credit: Andy Bartlett

So what have I done before,     I hear you ask...

Walking Britain - 993 miles over 57 days, taking in a week off on crutches, trench foot and a whole lot of cake.

Cycling Britain - 1,200 miles via London in 4 weeks, including a split rim, 3 helpings of venison curry and a trip over to Orkney.

Cam Triathlon - I'm not a runner or swimmer so I mixed up a traditional triathlon to create one that works for me.

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Get involved

If you love the sound of my adventure and are interested in providing kit, becoming an official sponsor, being support crew, covering my story, booking a talk about my world record attempt or would simply like to donate some cake, please drop me an email to;

fiona.quinn@hotmail.co.uk


Why Lands End to John O'Groats?

When there's a world of warm calm seas out there, why on earth would I choose to SUP my way up the British coast? Well, Over the past 12 months I've realised just how little I knew about our own wonderful country. Britain has an incredibly diverse landscape that we rarely appreciate, and during my adventures to date it really hasn't rained as much, honest.

From the sandy coves of Cornwall to the stunning backdrop of mountains surrounding Loch Ness, my route will enable me to explore parts of England, Wales, Ireland and Scotland from a completely fresh angle. To be honest, I'm a bit scared of the sea so I haven't seen much of our coastline before, and SUPing is the perfect way to discover new views - the higher perspective, in comparison to swimming or kayaking, will give me a great spot from which to take in all that our watery border has to offer.

Plus, there's the fact that having cycled and walked LEJOG, this will complete the trio making a triathlon of sorts. Essentially it's a bigger, much bigger, version of the Cam Triathlon that I made up in 2016.


Helping our Oceans

During the adventure I'm expecting that for around 1/3 of the 5-6 month time frame the weather will prevent me from paddling. As such I'd love to support the health of our oceans through research or engagement, particularly around plastics. If you know of a project that might fit with my adventure please do get in touch.