James Ketchell

15th August 2016
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Round Britain Cycle The Adventure Continues!

Hi everybody, Yes, I know it’s been a while since my last update and to say the past month has been a bit of a struggle for me would be quite an understatement! Firstly, I need to say a massive thank you to everyone. including all my friends, who have reached out to me recently to see what’s going on and how I have been recovering since my GB row ended due to illness. I also need to apologise for the lack of updates over the past month: I know what disappointment feels like but this setback has been particularly difficult to deal with, for some reason. So what’s next? My Round Britain Row is not over as such but I will not be able to continue this year as it’s now too late in the season to start again. The support I’ve had from everyone including all my sponsors […]
4th July 2016
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Update, Down But Not Out!

Hi Guys, Firstly, I need to say a big thank you to everyone for all the messages of concern and support that I’ve been inundated with. I can honestly say you really never do know what’s around the corner, I can not believe that I left London just over a week ago and now I’m typing this blog from dry land. For those that have been following me you’ll know that I made fairly quick progress from Tower Bridge around Margate and onto Dover, where the weather turned pretty nasty. This wasn’t a problem as I was taking shelter behind the harbour wall and had the boat just sitting on an anchor holding my position. On Thursday evening I started feeling very weak and could not stop being sick. I also noticed that my urine was almost black. I was very taken aback by this as I was drinking what […]
27th June 2016
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Round GB row – first stop – Margate

Hey guys, Well it’s time to write my first blog from sea. All is going well so far, I’m currently anchored off Margate so am making good progress despite taking it fairly easy. I’m currently waiting for high tide and then I’ll make my way around passed Ramsgate and onto Deal. The winds are forecast to be light this evening but are picking up considerably tomorrow so that’s going to make things interesting! I need to say a massive thank you to everyone that came along to my launch on Saturday, despite the rain it was great to get so much support. A big thank you to Over The Wall for there fantastic support. Also Charlie and Angus from Rannoch for coming down from Essex on the Rib in order to take people out on the water. This is the best link to use for tracking my progress http://z6z.co/gbrow Don’t […]
23rd June 2016
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See you at the starting line!

Hi guys, Well the time has come to get out there and do this! Rowing solo and unsupported around Great Britain is going to be tough, but I’m feeling confident. A distance of 2,000 miles and to date no one has successfully achieved this feat. I was recently asked if I still get nervous? The honest answer is I still get slightly nervous at the beginning of an expedition but it’s a mix of nerves and excitement, with a bit of anxiousness thrown in, wondering if I’ve forgotten anything. I think I’ll be fine! It doesn’t matter if you’ve climbed Everest or rowed oceans, people who do these things still get nervous like anyone else. I’ll be setting off this Saturday 25th June from St Katherine’s Dock at 5pm, I will be there all day with the boat so feel free to come down and say hi. If you can make […]