44 European Countries
44 Consectuitve Days
On May 14th 2017 I completed the challenge of running a marathon within every country in Europe in consecutive days, averaging just over 4 hours for each marathon. I raised over £19,000 for the mental health charities I support and also won a regional Pride of Britain Award.
I encountered lost luggage, bus cancelations, sleep deprivation and brushes with the Greek police, but I became the first person ever to do so weaving my way around Europe via a mixture of planes, trains, buses and ferries.
I ran marathons in San Marino, Monaco, Albania and in and around the walls of the Vatican City. I linked in with running clubs and tour companies who supported my journey and even got to visit the British embassy in Denmark.
My 2:25 Marathon in Amsterdam 2015
This was a day I achieved something I never thought I could. More importantly though it was a turning point for what happened next.
Running had become less about enjoyment, friends and experiences & more about heart rate zones, weight management & time. As a result I felt I'd lost sight of what was important in my life and why I had started running in the first place.
After this I took a step back (several steps back if I'm honest, and for anyone who's heard me talk) but I returned wanting to use running to make a difference and for it once again to be a positive influence on my life.
I created Marathons for the Mind, gained a few extra stamps in my passport, and thanks to all of you, thousands has been raised for a cause that really needs it.
Running up Mount Ventoux
I'm very lucky to have an auntie and uncle who live very near the beautiful Mount Ventoux in France. A mountain famous for pushing the best cyclists in the world to their limits in the Tour De France.
So what do you do when go to stay? Do you sit by the pool & drink red wine? Or do you look at the mountain & think, I wonder what the view looks like from the top?
There's only one answer!
So I entered a half marathon that started at the bottom and runs the 21km and 1600m assent to the little white tower at the top.
I raced my way to the top weaving along the mountains trying to convince myself this was still a good idea. But it definitely was. I came in 7th in a time of 1 Hours 43 minutes and was rewarded with one of the best views a man in short shorts and a yellow vest has ever seen.
Quitting my job to go running in Kenya
In 2013 I was working in a resonabily well paid job as a careers advisor, I was comfortable, but I wanted something more. Inspired by the book Running with the Kenyans by Adharanand Finn, I decided to quit my job and head to Iten in Kenya to train with the best athletes in the world. (And to queue up for porridge).
I used the experience to work in local schools and see a different side of life. I had travelled around Australia before but this was my first time in Africa. It was my first time travelling alone and it was the first time I had truly stepped outside my comfort zone in search of something more.
Running the 2018 Tour De France in 70 Days.