MY THOUGHT PROCESS

why challenge myself with something mediocre?

BACKGROUND

I am still 188 cm tall and still 100 kgs, not exactly the typical ultra-marathon build, bit has not detracted from any of my training. Prior to Covid I was pushing out a 120 mile training week in my Hoka trainers, which combined with the other disciplines of training (Strength, pilates, cycling and sauna time) it was a real juggle to additionally manage work and family commitments.

 

I am supporting raising money for veterans and cancer care, so Walking with the Wounded and the Royal Marsden Cancer Charity are my 2 chosen charities. I served in the British Army with the Blues and Royals for 7 years and have witnessed the amazing work WWTW do for the veteran community.

 

In my dark moments in the middle of the desert the beneficiaries of my 2 charities , plus the names of people who sadly are now not with us anymore since starting my training. They will keep me company around the course including my Dad (Geoff Gibbs), Del, Darren, Adam and Andrew. Andrew, as you suggested I will pack my trekking poles and plenty of biltong.

 

I have raised a significant amount of money on my previous Virgin Money Giving page, until the site was closed – but fear not all that money went directly to my charities. Thank you all for your generosity. I now have Just Giving as my platform and the link can be found in the Donate section on the website.

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.

 

I am delighted to be running as part of the WWTW team for the 36th MDS.

BACKGROUND

I am still 188 cm tall and still 100 kgs, not exactly the typical ultra-marathon build, bit has not detracted from any of my training. Prior to Covid I was pushing out a 120 mile training week in my Hoka trainers, which combined with the other disciplines of training (Strength, pilates, cycling and sauna time) it was a real juggle to additionally manage work and family commitments.

 

I am supporting raising money for veterans and cancer care, so Walking with the Wounded and the Royal Marsden Cancer Charity are my 2 chosen charities. I served in the British Army with the Blues and Royals for 7 years and have witnessed the amazing work WWTW do for the veteran community. My friend Del who was diagnosed with cancer, was so well looked after by the RMCH – hence my choice of charities. Sadly in 2020 he lost his battle to cancer. Over the last 3 or so years, I have been told by people I meet that one of their friends or relatives has been treated by the RMCC and hospital.

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!