Since taking up running and cycling in 2017 I’ve taken on some incredible challenges. Running ultra-marathons, both climbing and cycling the National Three Peaks, cycling the length of the UK solo and unsupported all for an amazing cause in Make-A-Wish UK.
I love challenging myself, but I do it for a reason – to make a difference, to change lives and to inspire others to do the same.
I believe everyone’s challenge and their reason to take it on is as unique as they are.
Some of my favorite challenges
In June 2018 I took on the incredible Pure Three Peaks cycling challenge, which involved climbing the three highest peaks in the UK; Ben Nevis, Scafell Pike and Snowdon, and cycling the 450 miles between them over three days. I completed the challenge solo and unsupported, cycling an average of 150 miles per day taking in the amazing Scottish Highlands, the Lake District and in to North Wales.
After running my first marathon in October 2017 I swore never to do one again. However, inspired by stories of runners taking on their own ultra-marathon journeys and Adventureman, Jamie McDonald, I decided a final hurrah for 2018 was required. So, as a homage to Make-A-Wish UK I ran the 230 miles from Liverpool, where the Charity granted its first wish in 1986, to their offices in Reading, over the course of 7 days dressed as various superheroes.
A new found love of cycling lead inevitably to a UK stalwart challenge, cycling from John O’Groats to Land’s End. In November 2017 I set off on my self-supported challenge travelling the length of the UK, North to South, in 9 days. Despite my very limited experience, the winter weather and the rolling hills of the West Country I made it – tired, lonely but as ever still smiling.
This challenge will always hold a special place in my heart – a boyhood dream to complete and one of the first challenges on my ‘to do list’ when planning the original Miles for Wishes challenges. Over the course of 22 hours, I climbed each of the three highest peaks in the UK, driving between them. A classic walking challenge, undertaken solo.
The challenges, by year
- South Coast Sprint
- Pure Three Peaks
- 5 Cities Challenge
- 7in7 Challenge
- Wokingham Half Marathon
- Silverstone Half Marathon
- 12 hour static bike ride
- Tough Mudder
- Run the Rock 10km
- London to Brighton (and back)
- Three Peaks Challenge, solo
- 100km in 24hrs – walking London to Henley
- Ealing Half Marathon
- Bournemouth Marathon
- Big Fun Run
- Solo JOGLE (John O’Groats to Land’s End)