A Journey of a 1000 miles starts with a single step
A story of recovery from a severe head injury
3 Peaks, 2 Legs and a Bike
Fund Raising100 mile sportive
2nd Sept 2012 for:
AGSD and Headway
Media and Press
Ultra Distance Events
High Peak Marathon
Pembroke Coast Path
Further Reading /
I had been a rock climber for 10 years when a serious climbing accident in 2003 caused me to re-evaluate my leisure pursuits
In pursuit of widening my climbing experiences I used to spend most, if not all, my spare time in climbing activities. I met Janet who was to become my partner, in life and climbing, on one of the first climbing trips I went on. Janet was also the instigator of some of out more exotic trips and our learning to scuba dive. In fact if Janet had not suggested it, I would not have climbed in some of the more notable foreign locations.
Together we have climbed, dived, mountain biked and skied in a variety of places around the world. In 1999/2000 we took 6 months off work for climbing and diving around the world.
Then in early 2003 I had a serious fall whilst ice climbing in North Wales, suffering severe head injuries and multiple fractures.
I was discharged from hospital after 5 weeks and I attended the Royal National Hospital for Rhumatic Disease in
I raised these funds by running my first marathon in 2004, then took part in the 40 mile High Peak Marathon in 2005.
To continue the escalating difficulty of my fund rasing efforts for Headway I had to find something for 2007. This was 3 Peaks, 2 Legs and a Bike, a run of the 3 Peaks (Snowdon, Scafell and Ben Nevis) and cycle the 540 miles between them in 6 days.
Since 2008, working 5 days has neccessarily curtailed the training I could do for a major fund raising effort. I do have something in mind, not a multi-day effort but challenging enough. Since 2009, I have been trying to improve my front crawl with an Long Distance Triathlon in mind. The Long distance triathlons are refered to as ironman distance, but I would probabaly not do an Ironman event, these tend to have >1000 entrants. I will be looking to do a much smaller event.
In 2012 I have done a 100 mile bike ride organised by the Association for Glycogen Storage Diseases with a work colleague Tim Corso. Doing an organised event means that I can do this while working full time.
In January 2013 I completed a Personal Trainer course with Premier International. I had decided that training for an Ironman or long distance triathlon event would be too challenging while working full time, but I could usefully further my growing interest in exercise by becoming a trainer. Since qualifying I have been carrying out training for individuals and running circuit trainnig classes in my spare time.