+ 1000 miles of Parkour to Paris, from the most northern part of the UK. + Overcoming every mental and physial obstacle.
WHEN: Spring 2010
My name is Johnny Budden. Others know me as Sticky.
I am not really into this ‘describing myself’ shizzam but here goes: Around the age of 15 I reached county level at 3 different sports, and it was then that I made the decision to follow my heart.
Seven and a half years on, I think I can say I have played a part of bringing Parkour to it’s global consciousness.
I have always lived for pushing myself both mentally and physically, working and playing hard, whether it be facing Times Square in a ‘mankini’ in winter, or getting ‘paint-balled’ naked by a group of people. For the last 7 years of doing Parkour I have felt myself becoming stronger and much more able, learning more about myself, my doubts, what scares me, my potential, and what drives me. I have come to learn that nothing is impossible if you can just imagine it. This journey is less about demonstrating the discipline of Parkour, and more about testing my way of tackling obstacles and doing what I need to do in order to learn from it.
I will travel purely using my body. This will primarily involve great distances of endurance running on a daily basis in between cities (something like a marathon a day), and a hell of a lot of Parkour movements to negotiate through each city. Parkour is about getting from point A to point B as fluidly and efficiently as possible, so I will be getting over every obstacle I can as efficiently as I can, this will be down to my own creativity. I will be testing muscle fatigue, sleep deprivation, and my mental state. Apart from rest…I won’t stop till I get to Paris.
“Practicing parkour is to chase fear on a daily basis, to confront it head-on, to face it naked and alone. In parkour, you are stripped to your essence. There is no equipment to rely on, no safety harnesses or padding to protect you, no teammate to take the brunt when you are tired. It’s you, and you alone” In this way, Parkour and suffering from Motor Neurone Disease are ultimately linked, by the determination of overcoming obstacles, often alone. The Charity is one that I have spent along time learning about and feeling the need to help it in some way.
I honestly feel like with the help from all my friends, family and people within the Parkour community I have met over the years, I can help make a difference. I think it’s so important to seize the moment and express myself while I feel it, whilst bringing awareness and raising money for Motor Neurone Disease, an extremely serious cause. MND is the name given to a group of related diseases affecting the motor neurones (nerve cells) in the brain and spinal cord. As the motor neurones gradually die, the muscles stop working.
In the UK at least five people a day die from MND. Life expectancy for most people with MND is just two to five years, and around half will die within 14 months of diagnosis. MND leaves people unable to walk, talk or feed themselves, but the intellect and the senses usually remain unaffected. People with MND can still think and feel, but their muscles refuse to work. You can learn more about Motor Neurone Disease by clicking the charitys logo on this page.
It may seem a bit mad, but remember, one man’s pain is the next mans pleasure. Don’t forget, you can also leave a request when you make a donation, to where your mums pants, to listen to a certain tune, to tweet something, it can be anything, but you have to donate in order to make a request, and I’ll ultimately try my hardest to complete each request!
Please do your bit, find the time and give a little. Donating through JustGiving is simple, fast and totally secure.
So please dig deep and donate now. You alone, are enough to make a massive difference!
Johnny / Sticky x
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