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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.
An amazing 28 days with my brother Ian, met so many people, saw so many different places and spent quality time together.. I still have a solo walk/run to Finistere ahead of me to add another 89k, we went quite fast , many others were taking 35 days or more, as we have learnt to say, it’s your Camino!
June 3 walking ultra 50k marathons in 3 days with my incredible colleagues in RBS, Sheffield, Manchester and Liverpool. Completed, an amazing 3 days with many colleagues digging deep but raising lots for charity in addition to what I have done alone.
June 10k with work colleagues for "Do good feel good" campaign. ran the whole 10k faster than I do in an ultra marathon with my mate Perry, great to be just out for a run again rather than a massive distance.
July, Al Andalus, 220 kilometre race across Southern Spain, planned but due to injury not started. I have been suffering with a knee and ankle injury and took the sad decision to pass on this and try to get healed for the challenges ahead. never easy when you don't know if this one could have been the last!
August, Hangman Ultra, 53k race, completed with a few mates from previous races. Just showed me how behind I am where I used to be as I only managed to run about a third and had to walk the rest. More training required but at least I finished it for the 4th time.
September walked 4 marathons in 4 Nations in 4 days with Jeff Stelling for PCUK, Glasgow, Belfast, Cardiff and London. Many friends and colleagues have signed and joined me on one or more including my wife Sarah. It was an awesome 4 days of stories shared and inspirational messages.
September, walking 3 marathons in3 days to launch PCUK Manarama national league 45 days . Leaving Bromley FC going to Welling, Dartford, Ebbsfleet, Maidstone and Dover. Live on BT Sport at Dover v Halifax.
October Wadi Rum ultra, 250k across the desert in Jordan, sandy, hot and historical, last run of the running year , smashed it despite a knee injury on day 1, really tough, long day of 71k had me in tears but what a feeling to live another year of dreams. New running year starts 6 th November .
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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