Adventurer in new ‘extreme’ record

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A MADCAP adventurer has set a new record by becoming the first person to sleep at each of the six extreme points in Britain on six consecutive nights.

Andy Strangeway, a painter and decorator from Full Sutton, travelled 2,683 miles over the six days, starting at Lands’s End in Cornwall and finishing at John O’Groats in Scotland.

Between these two places, the 46-year-old went to Lizard Point, Cornwall, which is the southernmost point in Britain and then to Holme Fen in Huntindonshire, which is the lowest point.

The next day he travelled to Lowestoft Ness in Suffolk, Britain’s easternmost point and then to Corrachadh Mor, Argyllshire, the westernmost point.

He completed the challenge by sleeping at Dunnet Head in Caithness, the northernmost point, and finally at Ben Nevis in the Scottish highlands.

Mr Strangeway said: “It has been an amazing adventure.

“I’m physically and mentally exhausted. Sleeping in such locations for six consecutive nights, as well as battling against some of the worst summer weather in years, takes every ounce of your stamina. Now I can’t wait to get home for a hot bath and celebrate with a few pints of Yorkshire ale.”

In 2007, Mr Strangeway became the first person to land and sleep on all 162 Scottish islands that are 40 hectares and above, earning him the nickname ‘Island man’.

Earlier this year, his mission to become only the fifth person to sleep on the islet of Rockall, situated 300 miles from western Scotland, had to be cancelled after two members of the team he was with decided to withdraw from the expedition.