Support my 2019 Epic Triathlon
On 22 July 2019, my Epic Triathlon will start.
I am now officially in training to swim the Channel, cycle from Land’s End to John O’Groats and then run back to Land’s End from John O’Groats. It’s a huge challenge, not least because as if the feat itself isn’t enough, I have my eye on setting world records for the all three. Along the way I’m hoping to raise as much money as possible for charity, this time round I will be raising money for SSAFA – The Armed Forces Charity.
It’s a massive undertaking but I have had experience of endurance challenges before – it all started in 2012 when I ran 50 miles every day for 50 days. In 2017, I crossed America in 32 days, consecutively cycling 150 miles one day and running 50 the next. In total I’ve raised almost £25,000 for Help for Heroes. It’s always been about more than the challenges themselves though, and in the end it has become about even more than the amazing amount of money we raised.
I am a full-time teacher at a secondary school in Bradford. Every mile I have ever covered from the start has been to prove to people – most importantly the kids I teach – that with focus, resolve and spades of courage, absolutely anything is possible. I have always wanted to inspire as a teacher. I couldn’t think of a more visible way of showing that you can disregard limits set by other people or your circumstances, that you can achieve whatever you set your mind to – even when no believes you can do it but you – than this. It’s worked and then some. My students say they’re inspired and that in itself makes it worth it but these epic adventures have also caught the attention and the imagination of so many amazing supporters across the country (including the comedian John Bishop, who’s put a smile on my face through many a gritted teeth moment with his ongoing support!) who have also been inspired to face their own challenges, whatever they may be.