I took on the adventure to share my story, my experiences with Bipolar Disorder and to keep men alive by talking. I raised over £15,000 for CALM (The Campaign Against Living Miserably) and £2000 for Snow-Camp when I crossed the Alps – two charities extremely close to my heart.
Starting at The Colosseum in Rome on Friday 25th August 2017, my route took me to the Vatican City then up through Tuscany towards the west coast of Italy. I then crossed the spine of Italy before heading north to the Great St Bernard Pass in the Aosta Valley. Throughout Italy I followed the stunning and world-famous Via Francigena pilgrimage path.
Once in Switzerland, I dropped down to Martigny then Montreux on Lake Geneva before crossing in to France and heading north to Paris, crossing the channel from Dieppe to Newhaven.
‘The Home Leg’ took me over the South Downs towards Eastbourne (where I grew up) before winding up through East Sussex and Kent (via Hailsham, East Hoathly, Tunbridge Wells and Bromley) ahead of the final blast from Greenwich Park along the Thames to finish at the London Eye on Saturday 28th October 2017.
As was my game-plan, I ran 1250 miles in 65 days averaging 20 miles a day with distances of between 15 – 50 miles. I had 5 rest days in total.
The adventure was entirely self-supported.
The adventure took 1 year to plan with 9 months of solid training – increasing the weight in my backpack, being comfortable with long solo distances, ensuring I had the best equipment possible and taking on the adventure at a suitable time not just for me but for my closest family & friends also.
Supporters & Partners
I was extremely fortunate to have the support from many wonderful partners including Salomon, GoPro, Power Traveller, Saxx Underwear, Aquaquest Waterproof, Original Mountain Marathon, The Next Challenge, The Yes Tribe, Project Awesome, Everyday Hero UK, Zero Six Zero, EtchRock, 1000 mile socks & Stance.
I was privileged to have the support of Mieke Voets – creator of Powered By Me – for playing a huge part in promoting and filtering media opportunities whilst the adventure was live. With Mieke’s efforts, the team at CALM plus my own efforts, I’m delighted with the national news coverage and varied media opportunities the adventure has been blessed with.
My Sincere Thanks
This adventure simply wouldn’t have been possible without the love & support of so many incredible individuals who rallied around me, supported me when I needed it and made me laugh when I needed a lift. If you’re reading these words I want you to know how much I appreciate you, your support & your kindness and for joining me throughout this crazy little adventure.
For any questions or enquiries, please feel very welcome to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. It’ll be a pleasure to hear from you.