[UPDATE] I DID IT! After over two decades of almost complete inactivity, I managed to get round the (very difficult) course in 84 minutes.

Look out for a blog post giving all the grizzly details at the end of this page (click 'Read more...'). But if you were waiting to see if I managed to complete the race before donating, now is your chance... :)


Here's the full story of what I'm doing, and why I'm doing it...

First, a little background...

I've spent the first six months of this year working hard to get in shape, going from 32% body fat to under 18% and, in the process, I've lost over 49 pounds. I've achieved this with just a change of diet, not through exercise. Yep - up until September 2011, I hadn't even run a single kilometre!

Now, I'm going to challenge myself not only to run a 10k race, but take on an 'adventure course' that includes difficult obstacles at every kilometre. In fact, it is regarded as one of the hardest 10k races in the UK. Check out the pictures on the left to see what lays in store for me!

And I'm doing this after having spent the last 20+ years as a full blown 'couch potato'!

Yes - I haven't run a race in over 20 years. I have given myself only 3 short months to build my strength and endurance from, literally, a standing start.

Please donate what you can. Anything you can spare will fuel me on and keep me focused on my goal, while raising funds for an incredible cause.

Make-A-Wish Foundation exists to grant magical wishes to children and young people fighting life-threatening illnesses.

For many families the Make-A-Wish gift can be the last happy memory they have of their child having fun in a magical world, surrounded by family and friends – rather than memories of days and weeks of painful treatments and hospitalisation.

It may be something many of us take for granted, like the sound of their child laughing and enjoying being a princess or zoo keeper for the day. Or it could be something really special, like meeting a favourite celebrity.

In years to come, the family can look back and remember that special time, and your donations can help make this possible.

Donating through JustGiving is simple, fast and totally secure. Your details are safe with JustGiving – they’ll never sell them on or send unwanted emails.

Once you donate, they’ll send your money directly to the charity and make sure Gift Aid is reclaimed on every eligible donation by a UK taxpayer. So it’s the most efficient way to donate - I raise more, whilst saving time and cutting costs for the charity.

So please dig deep and donate now.

I've set myself a big target to hit, both in terms of donations and the personal challenge, so anything you can spare will really make a difference. Thank you...

P.S. Want to read the full 'race report'? Go to now to find out how I got on. 

P.P.S. I covered all costs such as entry to the event, equipment, travel and accommodation myself. Your donations go direct to the charity with no costs incurred, so every penny is delivered to Make-A-Wish.

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Raising money for

Make-A-Wish Foundation UK

Make-A-Wish Foundation UK

Charity Registration No. (England & Wales) 295672 (Scotland) SC037479

We grant magical wishes to children and young people fighting life-threatening conditions. When a child is diagnosed with a life-threatening condition, it has a huge impact on them and their whole family. A wish provides them with precious memories to treasure forever – whatever the future may hold.

Raising money for

Run by Make-A-Wish Foundation UK

Charity Registration No. (England & Wales) 295672 (Scotland) SC037479

Donations 36

Woohoo! Stewart-how proud you must feel at your accomplishment-pleased to have supported you in this-believe this is what social media is all about

Donation by Sam Parrotto on 30/11/11


So proud of you, absolutely amazing!!

Donation by Jess Johnson on 18/11/11


+ £25.00 Gift Aid

Good luck SJR!

Donation by @moyra4health on 12/11/11


+ £2.50 Gift Aid

Donation by Anonymous on 11/11/11


Good luck tomorrow. Send pictures for the AHM!

Donation by Jonathan McGrew on 11/11/11


Hi Stewart Good luck with the run tomorrow! All the best Nigel

Donation by Nigel Temple on 11/11/11



Donation by Kurt Mueffelmann on 10/11/11


Good luck with this Stewart - I hope it goes really well.

Donation by Clare Lowe on 09/11/11


+ £1.25 Gift Aid

I found out about your cause via JC Little, The Animated Woman. I am @grnladybug , I hope this helps! Best wishes... Lauri from the USA

Donation by Lauri (@grnladybug) Halterman on 06/11/11


Good luck.

Donation by Kristin Cruz on 06/11/11

Good luck Stewart - happy to support your effort :)

Donation by Sam Parrotto on 05/11/11

Donation by Kristi Gilbert on 04/11/11

Best of luck to you Stewart and for such a worthwhile cause!

Donation by Roberta McKee-Jackson on 04/11/11


+ £6.25 Gift Aid

Donation by Anonymous on 04/11/11


As someone who gets out of breath drying themselves after a bath, I am in total awe of you - best wishes for the race!

Donation by via The Animated Woman on 04/11/11


+ £2.50 Gift Aid

Great effort Stewart. An excellent cause.

Donation by Ashley Friedlein on 19/10/11


+ £12.50 Gift Aid

All the best, Stewart

Donation by Damian Koblintz on 04/10/11


+ £2.50 Gift Aid

Best of luck. Looking forward to the pictures after!!Write your personalised message here

Donation by Peter Abrahams on 16/09/11


+ £2.50 Gift Aid

Good luck Stewart!!!

Donation by Katie Felten on 08/09/11


Donation by Matt Lambert on 07/08/11


+ £1.25 Gift Aid

It's probably my turn to make the drinks...!

Donation by Tom Cook on 04/08/11


+ £2.50 Gift Aid

Kudos to you for doing something so wonderful, Stewart!

Donation by Jamie & Ernie Crawford on 03/08/11


Fantastic cause. Good Luck

Donation by Louise Cheeseman on 27/07/11


+ £2.50 Gift Aid

best of luck, already looking better, Mum & Dad

Donation by John Rogers on 21/07/11


text donation

Donation by Anonymous on 15/07/11


via sms

Donation summary

  • * Online donations£608.00
  • Offline donations£100.00
  • Text donations£65.00
  • Total raised£773.00
  • Gift Aid£73.75

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