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swimming challenges

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cycling challenges

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running challenges

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other events

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swimming challenges

“Swimming a tough stretch of water still has an enjoyable maverick feel about it”

Probably my preferred discipline but I still wouldn’t class myself as a good swimmer. My challenges have taken me to Switzerland, Lake District ,Channel Islands ,Turkey ,Spain to Morocco and across to France!

Swimming a tough stretch of water still has an enjoyable maverick feel about it. 

2003 –London Triathlon–including 1 mile swim
2005 – UK Ironman – including 2.5 mile swim
2006 – 10K Swimathon – 6 mile swim
2007 - Solo swim of the English Channel – 21 miles swim
2008 – Solo swim the length of Lake Zurich – 17 mile swim
2009 – Solo swim two lengths of Lake Windermere – 21 mile swim
2010 – Relay swim of the English Channel
2013 –Solo swim around Jersey Island – 41 mile swim
2016 –Solo swim of Gibraltar Strait– 12 mile swim
2016 –Solo swim of the English Channel (two way Attempt) – 92 mile swim
2017 – London Dock to Dock – 6 miles
2017 – Solo swim of the Bosphous – 4 mile swim
2018 - Sea of Galilee - 12 mile swim

Charities that have benefitted from my swimming challenges have been:

British Heart Foundation
Marie Curie Cancer Trust
Cancer Research UK
Perthes Association
Disability Challengers
Help for Heroes
SPARKS
Prostate Cancer UK

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cycle challenges

“You can cover some great distances and see some wonderful parts of whichever country you are travelling through and I think that is the beauty of cycling”

The great thing about cycling is the infectious nature with which others have been willing to join in. I have never had a problem getting others to join me on my cycling challenges.

You can cover some great distances and see some wonderful parts of whichever country you are travelling through and I think that is the beauty of cycling 

2004 – London to Brighton and back – 112 mile bike ride
2005 – UK Ironman– included 112 mile Bike Ride
2009 - London to Brighton – 56 miles Bike Ride
2010 – John O’Groats to Landsend – 900 mile Bike Ride
2011 – Arch to Arc 24 (London to Paris) – 200 mile Bike Ride in 24 hours
2012 –Width of the UK (Pembroke to Great Yarmouth) – 400 mile Bike Ride in 2 days
2013 –Length of Ireland (Malin to Mizen) – 430 mile Bike Ride in 3 days
2014 –Length of France (Montpellier to Dieppe) – 550 mile Bike Ride in 5 days
2015 –Width of Belgium (Arlon to Ostend) – 260 mile Bike Ride in 2 days 

Charities that have benefitted from my cycling challenges have been:

British Heart Foundation
Alzheimer's Society
East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices
Prostate Cancer UK
Cystic Fibrosis
The Torsie Lymphoma Research Fund  

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running challenges

“It taught me that the further you go the less it is about fitness and the more it is about mental attitude.”

Running a marathon was once the pinnacle of my endurance ambitions and something I found tough to achieve. However rather than be the end of the road it turned out to be the catalyst that ignited a drive to do more.

I soon realised that ,through planning, I could create time to get reasonably fit to try longer distances. It also taught me that the further you go the less it is about fitness and the more it is about mental attitude. 

2004 – London Marathon– 26 mile Run
2005 – UK Ironman– included 26 mile Run
2007 – London Marathon– 26 mile Run
2009 – London Marathon– 26 mile Run
2010 – London Ultra– 30 mile Run
2011 – Pilgrims Ultra Challenge – 66 mile Run
2011 – Marathon Des Sables – 153 mile Desert Run 

Charities that have benefitted from my running challenges have been:

British Heart Foundation
Cancer Research UK
Perthes Association
MENCAP 

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other events

"I was fortunate to be nominated to carry the Torch for the London 2012 Paralympics and winner of the my home boroughs sports Personality of the Year. Both gratefully accepted and proud moments."

When I started the endurance event journey I started with Triathlons and soon progressed to completing the UK’s first Ironman. This event alone taught me alot about planning to achieve a big endurance event whilst juggling work and family life.

During the course of undertaking these events I was fortunate to be nominated to carry the Torch for the London 2012 Paralympics and winner of the my home boroughs sports Personality of the Year. Both gratefully accepted and proud moments. 

1978 to present - Waterpolo (National ,Regional & County Titles,Including British Water Polo Grand Slam, as Player & Coach
2003 –London Triathlon–including 1 mile swim
2005 – UK Ironman – including 2.5 mile swim
2012 – Carrying the Paralympics Torch
2017 – Epsom & Ewell Sports Personality of the Year

Charities that have benefitted from my other events have been:

British Heart Foundation 

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charities

 “If I’m going through pain someone else may as well benefit!” 

It has always seemed the right thing to do to do these challenges for charity. When ever asked “Why?” I will always answer “If I’m going through pain someone else may as well benefit!”

With so many deserving causes historically I have tried to support charities that have had a personal meaning to me.  

Charities that have benefitted from the challenges have been:

British Heart Foundation
Cancer Research UK
Perthes Association
MENCAP 
Alzheimer's Society
East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices
Prostate Cancer UK
Cystic Fibrosis
The Torsie Lymphoma Research Fund
Marie Curie Cancer Trust  
Disability Challengers
Help for Heroes
SPARKS

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