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News from the Kidney Services at Guy's and King's

The Pyrenean Challenge

Aug 5, 2009 /

John Scoble is now on the last leg of his Pyrenean challenge. The Associate Medical Director and kidney consultant at Guy's and St Thomas´ has been walking for a month. He is completing the challenge with fellow nephrologist, Paul Stevens, a former president of the British Renal Society, and Paul´s son Charlie.

They are walking the GR10 route. This arduous trek runs along the Pyrenean mountain range from Hendaye, on the French Atlantic coast, to Banyuls-sur-mer on the Mediterranean coast. It is a hike of nearly 1000km, and includes a total climb equivalent to five times the height of Mount Everest.

John and Paul have been planning the trip for two years. Completing the walk will fulfil a long held ambition. He is using it to raise funds for the Guy's and St Thomas' Kidney Patient Association.

At the outset of the journey John said that he would be "fascinated to see whether I can keep up for seven weeks walking and at 905 km it will be further than I´ve ever walked before and probably ever will again."

You can follow John Scobles progress on the Kidney Patient Association website, http://www.gsttkpa.org/johnscoble/
He is regularly posting pictures and recording an audio diary.

If you'd like to contribute, do visit John's Justgiving page at www.justgiving.com/johnscoble.

Paul is also keeping a diary and posting pictures at, http://www.brsinthepyrenees.co.uk/journal.html