One of the Last Great British Adventures…….
I am graduating this summer from Liverpool John Moores University (LJMU) as a journalism student. I was given the opportunity to join the Beeline Britain Crew, a unique work experience and professional personal development programme run by Richard Strudwick with the support of UnLtd and LJMU.
As a journalist it is easy to be confined by a desk and a computer, we experience things through the eyes of others and penetrate only deep enough to pass a story on to others.
Joining Beeline Britain was like going 0-to-60mph in a matter of seconds; a challenge such as this is fast paced, thrilling, stressful, frustrating but most of all rewarding. It was great to meet everyone on the team who have worked so hard to make Beeline Britain happen.
For Ian, Nick, Adam and Tori this has been a couple of years in the making and it is obvious the amount of work they have put in and how much it means to them. Obviously the four individuals completing the challenge have an astonishing amount of strength and determination which left me in complete awe; each have their own reasons for taking part in Beeline Britain, and each will face their individual hurdles along the way but they push on – with each hill, with each miles and with each rep they strive to complete something truly incredible and as a young adult it is inspiring to see. However it is the support crew who are the back bone of the challenge and without them I think we would all be a little lost (especially in Wales with no signal or wifi).
At first it was strange joining the team because they had spent some time together and bonded over their achievements already; but within seconds I felt at home with the team, I felt welcomed, respected and after a long chat over some good food I felt like I had made some new friends. Personally I have never been a part of an expedition this big or this challenging so I was definitely pushing myself out of my comfort zone! Beeline Britain is a unique challenge in many ways, but from a Press & PR point of view it is a crazy whirlwind of a challenge! There are a number of variables which need to be considered, weather, timing, location, fundraising, media coverage etc. It was here with the team that everything I had learnt at LJMU was being tested; and though slightly overwhelming it was and obviously still is a great challenge.
It is rare to find yourself on a team where you are not the main factor, yet you are just as important to the overall project aims. Beeline Britain is a puzzle, a game of chess or a perfectly stacked house of cards; everyone has their place and role, some are more crucial than others at certain times. There are times when people must step up to the plate and times where you must step back and let the pieces fall where they may – with one false move or if someone fails to play their role then the whole team suffers.
Spending time with the team injected me with a mix of adrenaline and motivation, Beeline Britain is a truly special expedition and I am so excited to be a part of it…
The next couple of weeks are going to be completely insane but wonderful and I cannot wait to meet up with the team again to see them over the finish line.