A group of intrepid pals are taking on a skating mission to remember their best friends.
You get the distinct impression, by talking to their friends, that Wayne Phillips and James Rush would have whole-heartedly approved.
The idea that six of their best friends – Matthew Gilbert, Craig Salisbury, Gavin Rogers, Kyle Harvey, Mark Roberts and Joshua Land – would be skateboarding coast-to-coast across Wales on an 250-mile intrepid journey, soaking up the great outdoors and taking in the stunning Welsh scenery, sounds like a dream challenge.
And as the adventurous sextet make their way from Barry Island to Anglesey, Wayne and James will never be far from their thoughts, very much part of the journey which starts on September 1.
Tragically, Wayne and James both passed away as a result of brain tumours, receiving end of life care from the team at Nightingale House, which supports families in locations of Shropshire such as Oswestry and Whitchurch.
But as their friends step up preparations for their mission, the pair will be very much a part of the journey, which starts on September 1.
They were, after all, an inspirational duo, who were full of adventure themselves.
“They loved their hiking, walking, canoeing, getting up mountains,” Craig reflects.
“They were very kind and considerate people, with great energy and a good aura about them. Being around them was infectious and they made you want to do more and be like them.
“They showed us a different way, not just sitting in pubs, getting drunk, but getting into the great outdoors. It was terrible losing both of them so, all of these adventurous things we do now, are in memory of them.”
The challenge will take the team through the Bannau Brycheiniog National Park, along the fabulous Welsh coastline and into Eryri National Park.
“It will be tough, beautiful and inspirational, the three strong characteristics of both Wayne and James,” said Gilbert – which he calls himself rather than Matthew. “As Craig says, they were both fantastic people.”
“Wayne, by nature, was one of the most thoughtful, kind and generous people you could meet. He was also a trailblazer in health, wellbeing and fitness – a traveller and a family man. He treated everybody equally, always listening, giving his time and his smile.
“Likewise, James had this ‘go get it’ attitude to life. He was also an adventure enthusiast, always pushing his limits, working and playing in nature.
“A good listener, he had a beautiful calmness and fitted seamlessly into any situation. We miss them both every single day.”
It seems fitting then that the group have decided on such an adventure to help raise for charity and the idea was born after an action-packed week away.
“The idea came about because our group tend to go off camping and try and stay in nature,” Craig said. “We like activities, we are very active and we were coming back from a week in Morocco, surfing. On the plane back home, we got talking and the idea organically happened.
“Someone said ‘let’s try a new challenge and skateboard the length of Wales’ and the whole idea grew legs really quickly from there to be honest.”
Now the team are in training and, for an active group, it’s not as easy as you’d think.
Craig and Gilbert have limited skateboard experience, while the others have none.