The Plan & Why

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.

Expected duration – 15 hours.

Chase The Sun, a cycle challenge held in June on the longest day of the year, starting at sunset and finishing at sunrise riding coast to coast from the Isle of Sheppey in Kent to Burnham on Sea in Somerset. The distance will be over 300km and by poignant coincidence I will be crossing the finish line on the eve of Father’s Day.

Expected duration – 17 hours.

The Rat Race Coast to Coast Challenge in September 2017. This is a 168km multi discipline race consisting of a 21 mile run, 82.5 miles of cycling & a 2 mile open water kayak. I will be starting in Nairn in the north-east and finishes in Ballachulish in the west. It follows a route through the Scottish Highlands, including a stopover in Fort Augustus.

Expected duration – 12 hours.

No alcohol for 12 months. Dryanuary is over, so far so good, but now as everyone’s wheels start to fall off and summer approaches, the real test begins!

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 come on board as my first corporate sponsor 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 £7,487 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 or donate directly on my Virgin Money Giving page at Hall2017Donate