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The Director’s Update: Mid Summer Solstice Madness

Updated: Jun 27, 2023

Quite probably you will have now realised I will go to the ends of the earth to ensure Fishing for Schools is a success. To ensure that initiative plays an active role in angling education and has a relevance and reach way beyond the usual angling boundaries.

Sometimes, all of this calls on me to do mad things. Marathons, altitude runs and so on. Anything actually (more or less!), if it means that I can generate the funds so that we can be even more successful. Simply; I believe in the project.

None of my previous hair-brained ideas could be construed as more mad than dragging my fishing friend of fifty years – Peter Cockwill (actually it was his idea; oh yes it was Pete!) – to undertake the challenge of fly casting the equivalent of a London Marathon distance, 26.2 miles, at Syon Park on Wednesday 21st June; the summer solstice.

'How on earth are they are going to do that?' I hear you ask...

Well, the lovely folk at Orvis have given us six fly rods in their lovely Helios range - all different line sizes which we will cast in rotation over a pre-measured distance and we will both continue to cast until we have reached 26.2 miles. We think it will take us 10 hours. We need all the support we can muster!

To add some spice to all of this I have damaged my right hand... a long and horrid story involving a missile-like, out of control cockapoo, a retractable lead and a surprised lady owner.

So, if you can, please do come and cheer us on. Your support really does keep us going.

To support Charles and Pete on this epic challenge, please visit their Just Giving page. If you would prefer to make a donation offline, please contact

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