My father died of cancer on 30th May 2015. I wanted to do something significant in his memory and whilst doing so raise money for Sobell House Hospice Charity, an Oxford based palliative care hospice who looked after him so well in his final days and Cancer Research UK, a cancer research and awareness charity in the UK.
Having been inactive from a fitness perspective since 2012 when I ran the 27th Marathon Des Sables, a 250km ultra marathon across the Sahara Desert. I wanted to test my limits again and have committed to complete the following challenges:
The Isle of Wight Challenge: Many sail around it, thousands have ‘rocked’ at its festivals, and now I plan to run, walk & crawl 100km around it in April.
Completed: 21 hours 21 minutes.
The Thames Path Challenge is a 100km ultra marathon following the river Thames. The full route begins at Bishop’s Park, next to Putney Bridge, and on through leafy Kew and Richmond past the last non-tidal lock at Teddington. It passes the Royal palace of Hampton Court, beneath Windsor Castle and on through beautiful countryside to Henley.
Expected Duration: 18 hours
No alcohol for 12 months. I have now reached month 6 and continue to stick to my commitment.
Expected duration – 8760 hours
The new training regime, abstinence and charitable motivations have been life changing and in only two months I am already noticing the positive impact it is having in all aspects of my life. What started as a personal challenge has evolved into a respectable fundraising campaign. Case and point is to have Sherlock Parties and Lalani & Co come on board as my first corporate sponsors and I am currently in talks with several other boutique brands about supporting the challenge.
I am now trying to take advantage of this momentum and would like to attract further support and awareness of what I am trying to achieve. I have raised over £8,000 since the beginning of the year and have set a target of £20,000 which I hope can be far exceeded!
For those who have already contributed or pledged, thank you, and for anyone interested you can contact me directly on email with a pledge to firstname.lastname@example.org or donate directly on my Virgin Money Giving page at Hall2017Donate
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