Why did you sign up to the MdS?
Motivation – really don’t do much for charity. The odd marathon in the last 6 years for 2 local Norfolk charities in the past and I donate to British Legion once a year so really wanted to do something meaningful.
Above all though I was in the Army and did my bit in Northern Ireland a couple of times but left in 1992 but have real admiration for what our service men and women have been through recently with Iraq and Afghanistan. Service life over the last 15 years is massively different to what the rest of us will ever experience and we owe them all that – plain and simple.
Personally, it’ll be my 50th year and I remember being very impressed with a friend of my parents who did the London marathon aged 50 so if I can complete the MDS then I feel it’ll be a big achievement. There is also a bit of showing off going on here too which I’m not ashamed to admit. Most of my mates think I’m mad and would never attempt the same so that’s as good a reason to do it as any! My wife and 3 daughter all play netball 24/7 and my eldest is in the England under 17 squad so it’ll be a good chance to talk about another sport for a few months even if the conversation is one way.
Training going ok but a bit ad hoc as limited with time but am feeling confident and am trying to beg and borrow as much kit as possible to keep the costs down.
I have known Ed for 15 years and in fact he gave me my current job at Kett Country Cottages so I owe him and WWTW seem to me to be really doing the work where it counts at the grass routes. Real cash going to programmes that really make a difference.
How’s your training going – what have you done so far, which milestones have you hit and are you happy with where you are so far?
It is going well but I don’t have particular plan so hoping I’m doing enough, I’m basically doing what time allows. I have just started to add weight to my pack and have no injuries so far. I did the Druids Challenge in November and felt stronger as each day passed which was good and also completed my own walking home for Christmas on 4 consecutive days – doing mi12 miles in the morning and les 12 back again at night. I am also doing the St Peters Way ultra 45 miler at end of Feb. and will do a few back to backs in the weekends leading up to the end of March.
What do you see as the biggest challenge?
My feet! I have toes that twist all over the place.
What luxuries will you treat yourself to during the MdS? None – travelling light!
Might sneak in an inflatable pillow.
What 1 item of food are you taking which is your treat?
Jerky and M&Ms. coffee maybe. birds custard powder. is that to much?
What will you be listening to on your iPod?
Eclectic mix of Rammstein, All about Eve and Prodigy.