In January 2006 my Dad sadly lost his long and heroic battle against cancer. I wanted to do something for him and also give something back to the Macmillan nurses who looked after him and the family.
In January 2007 I reached the top of Kilimanjaro after a four days trekking and one of the most mentally and physically draining nine hours of my life as I hit the summit. In doing so I raised over £12,000 for Macmillan Cancer Support. I also proved to myself that I could achieve much more than I ever though possible...
In 2008 whilst we were in London for a wedding, when I woke in the morning I found my best friend Matt had died in his sleep the night before the wedding. The cause of his death was found to be sudden adult death syndrome. CRY were amazing in helping Matt's family and I try to understand it all.
In the summer of 2008 I had planned to do the national six peaks but cycle between them to raise money for Macmillan and East Lancs Hospice, however after the death of Matt I postponed as I struggled to come to terms with everything. I still wanted to do the challenge so in 2009 I added CRY to the charity list and also the Yorkshire 3 Peaks as well. In eight days I was joined by Nick Bousfield, Richard John and Jonathan Smith as we climbed the national and Yorkshire three peaks and cycled five hundred and twenty miles between them in eight days raising £2376 between the three charities.
Next I planned the Year of Madness...taking on twelve challenges in twelve months, for four wonderful charities. Sadly we had to delay the start of the challenge after I was injured cycling in Leeds as a car turned in front of me at a junction and left me unconscious with broken bones lying in the road.....thankfully I managed to get fit enough to start with the 3 peaks and we were able to move Race the Sun to the year after.
Macmillan and CRY were once again in the charity list, but also Action Medical Research who do amazing work in funding and researching childhood diseases. One of which is research into Meningitis which affected my family when my Niece Evie contracted the disease. She was very lucky and had no lasting effects but another half an hour getting to the hospital and it could have been a different story. Sadly many children are not so lucky...
The next challenge I came up with was the Alternative Triathlon. This involved kayaking the length of Windermere (10.5 miles), cycling to London 320 miles and then running the London marathon all in six days.
I was joined on the challenge by the usual suspects, John Wilkinson, Jonathan Smith and Gareth Beard with Tony Melia and Robin Tillbrook driving our support vehicle! The charities we supported were Macmillan Cancer Support, CRY, Prostate UK and Meningitis now raising £9850 for the charities.
Other challenges include:
Training for the Spine Challenger...