AN ADVENTURER who has previously run the length of the Americas and along the Vietnamese coastline has returned to South America for his latest charity challenge.
Jamie Ramsay is aiming to cycle 3,500 kilometres from Brazil to Bolivia through the Andes in just 30 days.
The challenge got under way last month and Jamie, who grew up in Whittingehame, has already crossed the border into Bolivia as he approaches the country’s capital, La Paz.
Ahead of the challenge, he said: “It is going to be a one-month cycling challenge in South America.
“I will start at the Sao Paulo International Airport in Brazil and make my way to the La Paz International Airport in Bolivia, via Paraguay.
“The total distance is about 3,500km. This means I will need to cover an average of 117km per day.
“At the beginning, this should be manageable but the last section could test me, as I will be returning to my old friend the Andes.”
“While I tend not to plan my routes pre adventure, the below is how it might pan out.”
Jamie – who spent 18 months covering 18,000 kilometres and passed through 14 countries as he ran from Vancouver in Canada to Buenos Aires in Argentina – is again taking on the challenge in aid of CALM (Campaign Against Living Miserably).
The former Belhaven Hill School and Loretto School pupil said: “One of the key motivators for #RunningtheAmericas was to raise money for three charities (Macmillan, CALM and WaterAid).
“Through the generosity of everyone who followed me, the total raised (including Gift Aid) was £24,000.
“I am not sure if I can ask everyone to put their hands in their pockets again but I will be starting a JustGiving page for CALM and wearing a CALM t-shirt.
“While raising money for CALM is essential, it also benefits from awareness and that is something I hope to achieve.”
Jamie, who also ran 430 kilometres through the Scottish Isles after conducting an online vote as to what his next challenge should be, said he picked the latest challenge to “test” himself.
He said: “Having run from Canada to Argentina, I am keen to try a different mode of transport and cycling seems the sensible option.
“While I am planning new running adventures, it is also sensible to train in other disciplines so my body has the best chance of being in shape to continue for more years.
“The reason I decided to head back to South America is purely because I had such a fantastic time there last time.”
“Brazil, Paraguay and Bolivia are three countries I didn’t visit while running so this allows me the chance to do a little exploring.”
To make a donation, go to www.justgiving.com/fundraising/jamieramsayadventure or to find out more about Jamie, go to www.jamieramsay.net