In 2003 I entered the BUPA Great North Half Marathon and this was the start of my fundraising. I went on to complete 10 Great North Runs, there is no feeling like standing on the start line with 55,000 other runners all with different reasons for being there but all have the same goal, To Finish!!
2013 saw my first, and last, Marathon. I completed the Yorkshire Marathon in 4h 28m.
Some of the events I have done to raise funds:
2003, 04, 05, 06, 07, 08, 09, 10, 11 & 12, BUPA Great North Run
2009, Leeds Olympic Length Triathlon
2009, 100km Trek across Iceland
2010, Trek the Inca Trail
2011, 12 & 15, National 3 Peaks 24 Hour Challenge
2011, 12, 13, 14 & 15, Yorkshire 3 Peaks Challenge
Summit Mt Kilimanjaro (5,895m) (2011 & 2014)
Summit Mt Aconcagua (6,962m) (2011)
2013, Yorkshire Marathon
2013, 2014 & 2015, Run Yorkshire 3 Peaks
2015, 175km Liverpool-Leeds Canal Run
My next challenge is to complete a mammoth UK Triathlon by Swimming 34km across the English Channel followed by Cycling the 1,500km from Lands End to John O’Groats and finish with a 100km Run along the Leeds-Liverpool Canal!
In September 1995 my brother and I took a trip of a lifetime across Africa. During the 8 weeks we were there I fell in love with the country and it's people and there began my desire to climb it's most beautiful and challenging mountain.
Although Kili has been on my wish list since that time, I never dreamt it would become a reality until now. To undertake such an adventure whilst supporting one of the most worthwhile charities in the UK is an opportunity not to be missed.
Over the past few years I have done various challenges for charity but I think this will be the most difficult and yet rewarding experiences of my life.
"So why do we bother (to climb?) Just this: what is above knows what is below, but what is below does not know what is above. - Rene Dunmal (philosopher and climber)".
Thank you to everyone for your support.
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Up until 2005 my main sporting interest was playing the odd game of 5-a-side football with my work colleagues and watching my beloved Leeds United.
Until one day, one of my said colleagues suggested we do the Great Manchester Run, to which I duly agreed. A little daunted at first by the distance, up until then the furthest I’d run was about a mile or more often for the bus with seconds to spare, the sense of achievement was fantastic. Such was the feeling that I have done the run several times since and have done the odd half marathon too, including the Great North Run.
For some time now I have been looking for a different challenge other than pounding the streets of various cities around the U.K. Anyhow after some lengthy discussions, especially after a boozy night out, I agreed to and signed up for the trek up Kilimanjaro. This is going to be no mean feat believe me, but it’s something I’m looking forward to with great anticipation.
With your help and support plus that of the others doing the trek, I’m sure that this challenge will be achieved.
Thanks again for visiting the site.
Member Since 2012
When I was younger, I never really enjoyed the weekly PE lessons at school and I tried any excuse to get out of cross country! However, about 5 years ago I started going for small runs and little jogs after a busy day at work. As time progressed I most definitely got the ‘running bug’ and these little evening jogs gradually got that little bit further and I enter my first 10km race, The Langdale 10km. I found out afterwards that this is one of the country’s toughest 10Ks (trust me!) but it gave me the drive to take part in more and more!
Being more a road runner than off road I did fancy a bit of a change a couple of years into my training, I therefore decided to compete in Hell Runner in Delamere Forest in November 2009. A 11 mile off road race with a twist....it included rivers, streams and several bogs! Yes, that is correct bogs, one of these being ‘The Bog of Doom’ a mile stretch of neck deep mud for the last mile of the race!
Anyway, after this race, which do not get me wrong was such a laugh, I got back to my road running. After completing many 10km races and almost a dozen half marathons it was only a matter of time before I bit the bullet and entered a marathon! I have been very lucky to get my place through Macmillan Cancer Support for Virgin London Marathon 2012, a daunting but very exciting challenge ahead!!!!