I originally considered the idea of walking from Lands End to John O'Groats about 25 years ago whilst walking with a friend Steven who eventually joined the army and we talked about what a great adventure it would be. I looked around for some advice, but at this time the amount of information was limited (pre-internet) and to be honest I didn't have either the time nor the money to make this a reality. Like a lot of other people in their early 20's I had to concentrate on other more important issues,such as work, marriage etc. I put the idea of such a long walk out of my mind and it never appeared again until about 12 months ago.
In 2012 I'd already started walking as a hobby again and was well on my way towards completing my Munro's (the 282 mountains in Scotland over 3,000 ft). I also enjoyed walking around Northumberland and completed Hadrian's Wall Walk, The Borders Abbeys Way and The Cuthberts Way. I had on occasion considered the LEJOG again but had decided that it would probably have to wait until I retired. Then something happened that changed my mind completely. Between 2012 and 2015 I lost several good friends, some of these to cancer at a young age. I'm pretty sure that they all had plans for their futures, which sadly will never be completed. Well that was all I needed. I had 12 years before I retired and there was no way that I was going to wait and nobody could guarantee my health that far into the future.
I made some vague plans, I discussed it with Gemma, who was a little indifferent and looked at how to get the time off from work and the financial implications.