In 2013, a close friend of mine committed suicide. It came out of the blue and was the last thing I expected when I picked up that phone call. It took me a long time to come to terms with the fact that such an easy-going and likeable guy could see no other solution to the problems he was facing. One of the ways I dealt with what happened was looking for ways to support other men facing the same battles to help them to realise there are other solutions. It was during this process that I heard about CALM.
Over the last four years, I have set myself two physical challenges to raise money for CALM: 5 duathlons in 5 days and the Stockholm Marathon.
This time around I wanted to set myself an even tougher test, a year-long goal, which would require commitment, perseverance, a willingness to push my body and mental toughness to the very edge.
I’ve picked 12 challenges to complete across 2018, covering over 900 km, 145 hours of exercise (probably a lot more!) and burning 106,000 calories (any excuse to eat more doughnuts). These are:
January – 1000 burpee challenge (with weighted vest)
February – Yorkshire ‘3 Peaks challenge’
March – 100km Partner ski (indoor)
April – Pembrokeshire coastal path half-marathon
May – Ultra Duathlon (10km run, 100km cycle, 30km run)
June – Cotswolds Way Challenge 100km walk
July – Iron triathlon (Weightlifting challenge, 1068 reps, roughly 100,000kg lifted)
August – 300km cycle
September – 3 marathons in 3 days (with a weighted vest)
October – Helvellyn 15km trail run (with weighted vest)
November – 100km Partner row (indoor)
December – 24 hour max distance 'indoor triathlon' (ski, row, bike as far as possible)
I want to prove that an averagely fit person can set themselves goals far bigger than they thought possible, and embrace challenges that often make us nervous and scared – pushing my body and mind to places it will want to quit and stop moving.
Any fundraising support will be greatly appreciated, and help motivate me to push through each challenge!