At the end of August, Tom Gigg, serving Able Rate in the Royal Navy, and Kevin Grey, a retired soldier in the Army, will circumnavigate Cornwall using just kayaks and bikes in a bid to raise money for three charities. 

The challenge

The duo are aiming to kick-start their challenge on 26 August from Plymouth, weather permitting. Starting under Tamar Bridge at midday, they will paddle around the coast of Cornwall, camping each night, eventually ending up in Bude. From Bude, they will cycle 36 miles and then hop back in their kayaks to finish the challenge.

The aim is to finish the whopping 208-mile journey in just seven days, averaging just under 30 miles a day which is no mean feat, especially when you are at the mercy of tides and the weather.

Tom and Kevin are hoping people will join them for a paddle along the way, whether its 100m or a whole leg, they want to get as many people involved as possible. So if you are a watersports enthusiast, take a look at their route below and join them on their journey. Contact them on their Facebook page for more details on how to join them at


Of course, this isn't just a way to keep fit, their main aim is to raise money for three charities close to their hearts which are The Royal Navy and Royal Marines Charity, Ellie's Haven and Heroes on the Water. Collectively, they are aiming to raise £2,000 however all money raised through Tom's fundraising page will be split evenly between RNRMC and Ellie's Haven whereas Kevin's page is solely for Heroes on the Water.

To donate to RNRMC and Ellie's Haven through Tom's fundraising page, please visit

To donate to Heroes on the Water through Kevin's fundraising page, please visit