Zara – I have been a qualified Scuba Diving Instructor since 2008 and stumbled across a diving job in Portsmouth where I met my partner, Ian. We have worked different jobs around the world from teaching Scuba Diving in Fiji, to guiding tourists around reefs in the Caribbean and nursing in New Zealand. I love exploring so Ian and I took travel advantage of living in different locations by visiting their neighbouring countries too. We’ve never spent much money on material things as these can disappear, but experiences can never be taken away. Good and bad experience are all relevant and this challenge is another one we’ll accomplish together.
Ian – Since Zara’s accident I have become her primary carer, which has given me a completely different outlook on life. I think that we all take the little things in life for granted, but until you have something taken away from you you really don’t realise how important they are. As if the planning, training and preparation for the walk wasn’t enough I have recently started an undergraduate degree in Business and Tourism. The journey so far has been tough but it gets a little easier everyday and to complete the walk with Zara by my side will be one of the proudest days in my life.
We decided on this name for 2 main reasons. Firstly, from the literal point of view that our first big challenge of walking 1064miles from John O’Groats to Lands End, UK (JOGLE) would take about 3 Million Steps. We were told that it just takes one step, repeated 2.5 million times.
The second is from a symbolic point that there are no 5 quick and easy steps to any recovery be it physical, emotional or mental. 3 million is a large number, but not unachievable with the right input. After all, we are proof. Take any recovery systematically; one step at a time, and before you know it you’ve walked two countries!