"Over the next year, I'll be undertaking 10 Challenges to raise money for cancer research. More than one in three people in the UK will develop some form of cancer during their lifetime. It is a vicious disease that touches us all in far too many ways. So I'm hoping to raise at least £2000 for AICR by putting myself through these 10 adventurous endurance challenges:
- A 3-Day Ironman - Postponed until 2014 due to knee injury.
A mock Ironman length challenge over three consecutive days:
Day 1: A 112 mile cycle ride (from my hometown Sutton Coldfield to London)
Day 2: A 2.4 mile swim
Day 3: A 26.2 mile run - the London Marathon!
- Across Ireland on Foot -Completed
A 130 mile journey across Ireland – from Galway to Dublin – on foot.
- Complete tough mudder - Completed
Described as a "hardcore 12 mile-long obstacle courses designed by the Special Forces to test your all around strength, stamina, mental grit, and camaraderie." Involves mud, fire, ice-water and 10,000 volts of electricity!
- Climbing the Height of Everest... in Yorkshire's Tallest Building! - Completed
79 ascents of Yorkshire's 112m tall Bridgwater Place in Leeds - the equivalent height of Mount Everest which stands at 8848m tall – in 24 hours.
- Cycling4Lasagne - Completed
My mum makes the world's best lasagne. Fact. So I'm going to cycle 150 miles – from Sheffield to my mum's house in southern Wales - to go have some. What better reward for a hungry cyclist!
- Cycling England Coast to Coast
A cycle journey of 174 miles following Hadrian's Wall from Ravenglass to South Sheilds.
- Kayaking from Sheffield to the Sea
A kayak journey of over 60 miles from Sheffield (the UK's most land-locked city) along the canal network, into the Humber estuary and eventually to the sea.
- Scotland Coast to Coast by Kayak
An 80 mile kayak expedition from Inverness, on the east cost, to the Loch Linnhe, on the west coast.
- The Welsh 3000s Challenge - Abondoned due to dangerous weather conditions
15 mountains above 3000ft in 24 Hours! Over 35 miles of walking and 3500 metres of ascent in total.
- Walking in My Great-Grandfather's Footsteps: Manchester to Birmingham on Foot
A walk of over 80 miles retracing the route taken by my great-grandfather who, unable to find work in Manchester, walked to Birmingham.
Each of these challenges will push me firmly beyond my comfort zone in a variety of ways. All costs associated with these challenges will be paid for by myself so every penny donated goes directly towards cancer research.