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A little over three years ago my life was far from where it is now, after the collapse of my business we lost our home and all our belongings the it's been a struggle and a journey that I'm proud of, two years ago I was almost fourteen stone and had seriously high blood pressure, suffering the effects of trauma (PSTD) having witnessed the death of a good friend, a year off work with serious depression and several trips to hospital with ill health, I was not in the best of place's.
My days were the same I couldn't get out of bed and I was depressed, something told me that If i didn't do something and fast things would only spiral out of control and get worse, so I decided to put a pair of trainers on and go for a run. I'd been a relatively fit in mid twenties and thirties but now in my forties not so. I ran a quarter of a mile and then threw up and then more or less crawled back home dejected and despondent. I decided to try again the next day and then the next after that each time managing to run a little further and not be so out of breath. one mile became two and two became 10K.
I found myself running 70 miles some weeks just for relaxation to clear my mind, my new found love for running had helped me start getting out of bed in the morning and turning the negatives into positives, I'd started to rebuild my life and my business and just over two years later I'm 10 stone, my family and I have a new home we can call our own and I'm slowly rebuilding my business which I started from nothing.
Running helped change and rebuild my life, it's given me the courage to stand tall, I'd like to be able use my passion for health and fitness to help others.
Well, I‘m excited to say that I’ve managed to secure a place on three upcoming ultra-endurance events in aid of UK spinal cord injury cure research charity, Walkoncemore! These include:
- The Marathon Des Sables (MdS) 2019
- The Icelandic Fire and Ice Ultra 2019
- The Amazonian Jungle Marathon 2020
First and foremost, I will be taking on the MdS. In the month of April 2019, I’ll be arriving in the sweltering Saharan desert to complete this punishing multi-day ultra-marathon, whilst raising vital money and awareness for spinal cord injury (SCI) cure research charity, Walkoncemore. This will be a punishing event, but I know the unrivaled support of my family, friends and colleagues really will make the tougher moments more bearable and I’m really looking forward to the challenge. As such, I'm hoping that anyone who can may be willing to get behind me as I prepare for it!
The MdS is a six-day, 254 km (156 mile) ultra-marathon (and the equivalent to six regular marathons!), I will run across numerous terrains, sand dunes, salt flats, mountains and rock. Just to make things that little bit more taxing, I will be traversing the course with my entire kit on my back, containing all of my food, cooking equipment, my sleeping bag, clothes, venom pump, flare, and every other essential supply required to survive this self-sufficient race. I think it's safe to say that the MdS really might be the toughest footrace on Earth!
A mere 4 months later, I will be heading off to Iceland to take part in the 2019 Fire and Ice Ultra. Widely regarded as possibly the toughest multi-terrain footrace in the World, this course takes in the greatest elements of many other endurance courses. With the unique, remote and pristine Icelandic environment underneath my feet, I will be experiencing terrain akin to the sand dunes of the Sahara, glacier of the Arctic, rivers, valleys and grasslands from Europe and America and, of course, the volcanic landscape of the region. I will be covering 250km over 6 self-reliant stages, with all of the anomalies the above environments will no doubt throw my way - no mean feat, but certainly a very exciting one!
Lastly, in February 2020, I will be heading off to Brazil to take part in the Amazonian jungle marathon. This will involve me firstly undertaking 6 compulsory days of intensive jungle survival training held by special Force instructors. I will then be dropped IN THE DARK at an indescribably remote location for the ultimate 200ķm adventure-escape challenge!
This survival race offers the opportunity to combine skill, sport and eco tourism, but it will certainly be no easy ride. I will be tasked with finding my food, procuring water and building shelter deep in the densest jungle. Navigating my way through a maze of treacherous rainforest armed with little more than a map and compass to guide my way, I will cross swamps and rivers full of anaconda, snakes and caiman, passing through many caves and villages on the way. There is every chance I may even encounter jaguar and panthers as I race through the jungle towards the finish line of this mind-blowing event. Trepidation is not the word!
In the lead-up to these events, it goes without saying that I will also cover thousands of kilometres in training in order to prepare my body for the pain and suffering I know I will endure.
All of this combined still doesn’t compare to how tough daily life is for millions of people around the World after falling victim to a spinal cord injury. In an instant, SCI robs the victim and their loved ones of so much. As things stand, once a person suffers damage to their spinal cord, it is almost always permanent, and the individual is usually left having to live with severe disability through paralysis. The research that Walkoncemore supports will make this a thing of the past before long. New and old injuries will become temporary, allowing the person affected to regain full mobility. Funds raised will go only to the brightest minds in the field who are working tirelessly to make this happen as soon as possible. Over the coming months, I am committed to raising as much money and awareness as possible towards such a cure.
Any one of us can be affected at any time by this catastrophic injury, so you could say that the work of such a charity is a bit of an insurance policy for us all. With that in mind, please dig deep! Every little bit really does help, and will propel me round each difficult course. I am looking to raise a minimum of £8,000, via various small and large endeavours, but I may even exceed this with your kindness and generosity!
I really do appreciate your amazing support to date, thanks a million everyone