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On 6th November 2014 I was diagnosed with T4 advanced prostate cancer and told that I may only have two years to live aged 49.
Since then I have realised that no matter how long or short anyone's life is every day is precious so have done my best to live my life and do something that helps raise funds and awareness for Prostate Cancer UK every day whilst enjoying life and making the best memories for my family.
So in my 5th year with cancer I am going to try to push harder, higher, further and sweatier than before and if you sponsor me it will cover all of the below, make a huge difference to Prostate Cancer UK and keep me going through what will I am sure be some testing times for a multitude of reasons.
The events planned are:-
November, Druids Challenge, 86 mile race along the Ridgeway, hilly and muddy. - Completed, fab three days.
December, Cambodia, a 220 kilometre race through the jungle and paddy fields in South East Asia, hot and sweaty! - Completed, awesome place, the people, the countryside, the temples all set against a grim history.
January, bonus race , 26.2 mile cakeathon! joining my friend Chris on his 52nd marathon in 52 weeks with cake at the checkpoints!! - Completed, a 5 hour marathon but it was as fast as Chris and I could manage on a freezing day in Deal!
February, Pilgrims Challenge, 66 mile race along the North Downs, more hills and mud! Completed, was violently ill only 4 days before but pleased to have made it!
March, 6633 Arctic Ultra, The Yukon and Northern Territories Canada. Crossing the arctic circle after a few hours this non stop 9 day race. Unfortunately I was not feeling great at the end of day 1, didn’t sleep and shivered non stop in my sleeping bag. Day 2 was brutal with some big climbs and I had no energy . I managed to finish the day but could not eat and reluctantly decided to not carry on as it was unlikely I would have finished the day and stopping in the cold was not advisable. Never mind , starting was an achievement in itself and this time it was not to be.
April, Marathon Des Sables 250 kilometres across the Sahara carrying all my kit on my back for a week. Completed, as ever a hot, sandy race I think I am the first ever person to complete 4 of these races with any T4 cancer. Love this race but finishing never certain due to the conditions.
May/June Trekking 500 miles of the Camino De Santiago across Northern Spain, a long slog but an enlightening one so I am told. Will be doing this with my brother in memory of our Dad who died in March.
July, Al Andalus, 220 kilometre race across Southern Spain, very mountainous and very hot in July!
September TBA (But I am sure I will find something!)
October Wadi Rum ultra, 250k across the desert in Jordan, sandy, hot and historical.
November, Everest Trail Race, the name says it all, you climb to 17,000 feet at one stage, real altitude and thin air.
Over and above these events I also plan to trek around the UK , presenting to others and raising awareness for prostate cancer but they will all need slotting in amongst the other bits!
As ever with all my challenges, I need to stay healthy, injury free and need support from others to get there. I will pay all of my costs but if for some reason that I cant control I am unable to complete or compete you may end up "just giving" but trust that you know that I will do all I can to complete all of them.
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