Who is Gladders?
Gladders, Simon Chatterton, is a big Rugby fan and a friend to ExPD.
How does Gladders describe his adventure?
I am about to set off on an adventure which will take me from the end of the world to the Caribbean – Ushuaia in Argentina to Cartagena in Colombia. After a lifetime in the International Insurance business I have decided to get on a bike and cycle the length of the Andes.
Apart from being a personal challenge I intend to raise money for my name’5 doddie; a Motor Neurone Disease charity set up by Doddie Weir, a former Scots Rugby international suffering from this awful disease. This is one close to the late Deany’s heart.
I have been considering doing something out of the ordinary for a while and the recent passing of a great individual has persuaded me that the time is right and so, on the 14th October, 2019 I will start my odyssey by flying to Buenos Aires and, after a couple of days there, onto Ushuaia. The start of my Km 10, 000+ adventure.
How long will the adventure take ?
The journey has no particular timescale as I am as yet not sure of how much distance is feasible each day. The rough estimate is a minimum of 6 months.
Many thanks to those who have given their support in different ways.
To my brother and his family; wife Louise and nephews Joe and Mikey as well as my mother Philippa.
To the Rugby Refugees- Mike (Slamma) and Adrian (Agga) in particular.
To Colin at onlinebikes.com in Buckhurst Hill. The source of much valuable information and if anyone needs a bike then I cannot recommend him highly enough.
Why ExPD is involved?
Our Managing Director, Adrian Harris, says: “it’s with great pride that I am able to offer our support to ‘Gladders’, Simon Chatterton, for his epic journey. Whilst a personal challenge, Simon is also using this adventure to raise awareness of two great charities.
“I have a further personal reason for supporting Gladders, we shared a great friend who lost his life to MND last year, at the age of 54 – our friend (my ‘go to’ best mate) left a massive hole in many people’s lives, not least his dear wife and their two beautiful children. Deany (on the left picture), our friend, was a great outdoorsman and would have heartily approved of Gladders’ Andean odyssey. MND is such a cruel disease and those who are affected by it need support.”