Monday, 14 May 2012


Whilst enjoying our beachside walk along the Whitstable promenade on Saturday we were passed at great speed by a large adult man on a skateboard - propelling himself with a 'long pole'.  My immediate thought was 'what a pr*t' (!!!)

Yesterday on a different part of the beach walk we met the guy in question (with his collection boxes to hand) and found out that he is in training to be the first person to 'Spring Paddle' on a skateboard (that's what the long pole is apparently) from John O'Groats to Lands End to raise money for the Psychiatric Research Trust.  His journey will start on Friday 13 July (hope thats not a bad omen) cover more than 1000 miles and take 30-40 days to complete.

 His name is Patrick Jubb and he has  raised around £2000 so far.  If you check out '' you can see some Tweets from well known personalities supporting his cause .....   Stephen Fry,  Level 42,  Justin Hayward (Moody Blues), Steve Harley (Cockney Rebels).

So this is Patrick on his skateboard with his specially designed Spring Paddle for propelling himself along:

Whilst we were talking to Patrick and learning more about this fundraising effort - his son and dog were happily enjoying the sunshine and having a doze on the beach (bless)

So that was another lesson for me.    First impressions can be very wrong (although I still think its slightly odd seeing grown men on skateboards)  .... but .....  Boys & Toys eh :-)  Wishing Patrick best of luck for the journey and hope he raises lots more money for the cause.


Jan/ said...

I can't say I don't agree with you as I would find it very odd to see a grown man on a skate board also.

Perhaps he should wear a sign or special tee shirt advertising what he's doing!

Anonymous said...

@Jan, he's doing about 12 miles an hour Jan :) same as the push bikes. @Sue, what a lovely article and thank you so much for spreading the word about BigPush2012. the pictures of the bous are delightful, i remember you taking them. wait until they see them.
Iam a pr**t by the way, but only because I am the only person doing it one day we will be legion :)