Bath Rugby Academy Director Danny Grewcock is heading to Sweden this weekend to take on a gruelling 110km trek.
The Fjällräven Classic, which takes place 250 km north of the Arctic Circle, is an annual trekking competition organized by the outdoor equipment specialist Fjällräven which sees competitors from over 20 countries attempt to finish the course in less than 2.5 days.
Having previously undertaken a fundraising cycle from John O’Groats to Lands End on behalf of Bath Rugby Foundation - and more recently a cycle from The Recreation Ground in Bath to Kingsholm Stadium in Gloucester - Grewcock, who is an Ambassador for the Foundation, wanted to undertake a different form of physical challenge. The Fjällräven Classic trek, which takes place high in the mountains of Swedish Lapland and requires Danny to carry his own equipment and sleep in a tent, certainly meets this requirement. Grewcock and his walking partner Julian Mack, CEO of Threshold Sports, will start the challenge in the Sami village of Nikkaluokta and end in Abisko.
The trek is through one of the most beautiful mountain regions in the world and travels 110 km along the classic hiking trail Kungsleden (“The King’s Trail”), passing through breath-taking mountainous regions and lush, green valleys. They will pass the foot of impressive Mt. Kebnekaise, trek the challenging and barren Tjäktja Pass before entering the grassy moors of Alesjaure.
England and British and Irish Lions star Grewcock said: “I’m looking forward to the challenge and experiencing the beautiful scenery of Sweden. I am just hoping that this will distract me from the inevitable blisters!”
Bath Rugby Foundation is delighted that Danny has agreed to donate any sponsorship money raised to the Foundation. If you would like to support Danny’s challenge and make a donation to the Foundation please visit www.bathrugbyfoundation.com and click on the ‘donate’ tab. Bath Rugby Foundation enhances the lives of young people through sport, with a particular focus on those with social and other disadvantages. It aims to impart the values of camaraderie, loyalty, discipline and respect found in rugby.
The Foundation motivates, raises self esteem and confidence, and improves life skills in young people by impacting positively on educational achievement and social interaction. Funded through donations, sponsorship and fundraising, the Foundation also provides opportunities for organisations and individuals to fulfil their community, charity and volunteering objectives
Donations can also be made via Just Giving .