MY THOUGHT PROCESS

why challenge myself with something mediocre?

BACKGROUND

For the record, I am certainly not the build of an ultra-marathon competitor at 6ft3 and weighing in at 100kgs...

…. (Before I started training in May 2018 – I was 117 Kgs). I have also never run a marathon before! Within a few months of shedding those Kgs, I completed my first half marathon – Henley in a fairly respectable time of 1hr 39 mins.

I will also be running the MDS with Chris “Hob Nob” Rosindale, my eldest son’s co-football and rugby coach. He is a good friend and asked me to run the MDS with him last year, I agreed despite his terrible banter! 

If you are kind enough to sponsor me – the MDS has been described as a “Brutal” event. So it will be blood, sweat and tears for every penny donated to my charities.

I served in the British Army from 1999-2007. Following a year at Sandhurst, I commissioned into the Blues & Royals (Household Cavalry) in 2000. I joined D Squadron, which deployed with 16 Air Assault Brigade for operations in Iraq in 2003. Temperatures regularly exceeded 50 degrees and increased when wearing helmet and body armour. I hope that my military background, plus the mileage over the next 13 months will prepare me for the 250 KM sandy excursion.

I had had the privilege of serving with Prince Harry and the Duke of Cambridge during my time in the Regiment. They now preside over the two charities I have chosen to support.

THE ROYAL MARSDEN CANCER CHARITY

In 2017, I had a tumour diagnosed in my head, after scans and tests; my doctor concluded that it could be controlled with 2x tablets a week for life. I would call that a warning shot…. 

But in 2018, my friend Del Lee (and eldest sons co-football coach) dropped by my house. He sat in the kitchen and told me he was receiving chemotherapy as he had terminal liver cancer. He then stated he would have 10 months if he reacted to the treatment. I struggled with this, as it seemed so unjust. He was under 40 with a wife and 3 children under 9 yrs. I saw Del and his family in Spain whilst on summer holiday last year, but in January 2019 he sadly passed away. Del received his care and support at the Royal Marsden Cancer hospital.

WALKING WITH THE WOUNDED

In my opinion, WWTW pushes the boundaries of expedition event fundraising. I am now officially competitor no.8 on the WWTW 2020 MDS Fundraising Team. 

WWTW provides assistance through programmes, to vulnerable veterans who have been physically, mentally, or socially disadvantaged by their service. WWTW assists veterans in their independence through sustainable new careers outside the military. The charity also supports homeless veterans and veterans in the Criminal Justice System.

I met Ed Parker (CEO WWTW) years ago and he introduced me to Duncan Slater, an ex-RAF platoon sergeant. He was injured whilst on patrol in Afghanistan by an IED explosion. As a result, Duncan is a double amputee, but still completed the WWTW South Pole expedition in 2013 and the Marathon des Sables in 2017. He is a truly inspirational person.

You can follow my training journey on my website – it’s been generously designed and construction by my friend Sara Hayward – definitely a super star. It will be live over the next few weeks once I’ve populated it! Link to follow!

I’m hoping to get my hands on a GoPro Hero7 (Know anyone who could help me with that mission?), so will be recording some of my desert antics and build up training.

Please, please don’t resist the urge to “Like” and “Comment” on any of my social media posts.

I am sure all of my friends will enjoy poking fun at my expense…… but where would the fun be if they didn’t!

BACKGROUND

For the record, I am certainly not the build of an ultra-marathon competitor at 6ft3 and weighing in at 100kgs…. (Before I started training in May 2018 – I was 117 Kgs). I have also never run a marathon before! Within a few months of shedding those Kgs, I completed my first half marathon – Henley in a fairly respectable time of 1hr 39 mins.

I will also be running the MDS with Chris “Hob Nob” Rosindale, my eldest son’s co-football and rugby coach. He is a good friend and asked me to run the MDS with him last year, I agreed despite his terrible banter! 

If you are kind enough to sponsor me – the MDS has been described as a “Brutal” event. So it will be blood, sweat and tears for every penny donated to my charities.

I served in the British Army from 1999-2007. Following a year at Sandhurst, I commissioned into the Blues & Royals (Household Cavalry) in 2000. I joined D Squadron, which deployed with 16 Air Assault Brigade for operations in Iraq in 2003. Temperatures regularly exceeded 50 degrees and increased when wearing helmet and body armour. I hope that my military background, plus the mileage over the next 13 months will prepare me for the 250 KM sandy excursion.

I had had the privilege of serving with Prince Harry and the Duke of Cambridge during my time in the Regiment. They now preside over the two charities I have chosen to support.

THE ROYAL MARSDEN CANCER CHARITY

In 2017, I had a tumour diagnosed in my head, after scans and tests; my doctor concluded that it could be controlled with 2x tablets a week for life. I would call that a warning shot…. 

But in 2018, my friend Del Lee (and eldest sons co-football coach) dropped by my house. He sat in the kitchen and told me he was receiving chemotherapy as he had terminal liver cancer. He then stated he would have 10 months if he reacted to the treatment. I struggled with this, as it seemed so unjust. He was under 40 with a wife and 3 children under 9 yrs. I saw Del and his family in Spain whilst on summer holiday last year, but in January 2019 he sadly passed away. Del received his care and support at the Royal Marsden Cancer hospital.

WALKING WITH THE WOUNDED

In my opinion, WWTW pushes the boundaries of expedition event fundraising. I am now officially competitor no.8 on the WWTW 2020 MDS Fundraising Team. 

WWTW provides assistance through programmes, to vulnerable veterans who have been physically, mentally, or socially disadvantaged by their service. WWTW assists veterans in their independence through sustainable new careers outside the military. The charity also supports homeless veterans and veterans in the Criminal Justice System.

I met Ed Parker (CEO WWTW) years ago and he introduced me to Duncan Slater, an ex-RAF platoon sergeant. He was injured whilst on patrol in Afghanistan by an IED explosion. As a result, Duncan is a double amputee, but still completed the WWTW South Pole expedition in 2013 and the Marathon des Sables in 2017. He is a truly inspirational person.

You can follow my training journey on my website – it’s been generously designed and construction by my friend Sara Hayward – definitely a super star. It will be live over the next few weeks once I’ve populated it! Link to follow!

I’m hoping to get my hands on a GoPro Hero7 (Know anyone who could help me with that mission?), so will be recording some of my desert antics and build up training.

Please, please don’t resist the urge to “Like” and “Comment” on any of my social media posts.

I am sure all of my friends will enjoy poking fun at my expense…… but where would the fun be if they didn’t!