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For so many of us, the last 18 months have been a huge challenge. Personally, the last 18 months have been a massive mental challenge. A combination of shielding, health problems, and communication issues caused by being deaf in a pandemic where phones and masks became the default, have all left me feeling isolated. Plus, last spring I had surgery in the hopes of repairing my wrist, however, 9 months on, it seems likely I will need to use a splint for the foreseeable future. And so, over the last month or two I have been searching for an idea to get me focussed again, and in my true style, I would like to introduce you to my biggest, and craziest challenge ever. Introducing 26.2×7
26.2×7 is undoubtedly the hardest challenge I’ve ever embarked upon. Pushing 26.2 miles (yes, that’s a full marathon), every day, for 7 consecutive days, from 29th May 2022. Each marathon will be completed in my day chair (the longest I’ve ever done in my day chair before is about 20 miles … once!), hopefully with my new ‘freewheel’ on, and most likely with my splint on, but make no mistake, all 183.4 miles will be pushed, unaided, by me!
And a big challenge deserves a HUGE target. I’ll be fundraising for 2 charities – Right to Play UK and The Dorset Children’s Foundation, looking to raise a massive £5,000 for each!
As you’ll appreciate, the details will continue to be firmed up as we get closer to the day, but in short, every day from 29th May 2022 to 4th June 2022 inclusive (ending on my 33rd birthday!) I will push 26.2 miles, in my sunny hometown of Bournemouth. Routes will be measured in advance using Google Maps and verified each day via Apple Watch. The ‘core’ route will be along Bournemouth seafront. Each day I’ll be publishing my route in advance on Twitter and Instagram so people can choose to join me for some or all the route. The pace will vary based on my own energy (certainly not a racing chair pace, likely a fast walk pace!) – the aim is not speed, but to make it to the end of the challenge! And it goes without saying with such a challenge that the push goes on whatever the weather, even if the route must move off the seafront.
Finally, believe it or not, I’m not doing this challenge for fun! I’ll be fundraising for 2 charities close to my heart, looking to raise £10,000 in total. You can donate RIGHT NOW by clicking these links to take you to fundraising pages for each of the 2 charities I’m supporting, Right To Play UK and The Dorset Children’s Foundation. This is a little workaround to allow me to support 2 charities, and you’ll need to pick which charity to donate to, but I’d love it if you would consider keeping donations ‘even!’
Right to Play UK are a charity I’ve supported for a long time, and they work in some of the most difficult and dangerous places on earth. They use sport and play to help disadvantaged children in these areas develop new life skills and transform their lives. They believe that through the power of play children can receive a high-quality education, overcome obstacles, and see their lives turn around. They train local people to lead these programmes, creating a long-term and sustainable solution for communities facing poverty, disease, and conflict.
The Dorset Children’s Foundation is a small, independent charity created to enhance the lives of local disabled children and their families, and a charity I am proud to be an ambassador for. They provide an incredible Accessible for All programme of play and sports activities, Mental Health Counselling services for their families and fund support groups and Stay and Play sessions that help bring families of disabled children together. They also have a variety of special needs equipment that can be loaned out to families and in some cases, provide funding for vital equipment. Each year the DCF grant at least one family the opportunity to visit Give Kids the World, a magical holiday resort in Florida, to create special memories that will last longer than a lifetime.
So that is it! Right now, I have a LOT of fitness to build up, and an excuse to eat a LOT of food! I don’t know if I can quite say I’m quite looking forward to the challenge, but I know arriving back in Southbourne for the final time on June 4th will be an unforgettable (& probably very knackering!) way to mark my 33rd birthday! It’s going to take a tremendous amount of dedication, and it’s for this reason that you can donate RIGHT NOW to spur me on! Remember you’ll need to pick which charity to donate to, but I’d love it if you would consider keeping donations ‘even!’ I’m looking forward to your support on my biggest challenge ever, 26.2×7