The idea is pretty simple. 21 challenges, 21 months.

Starting on the 1st January 2011 I will be completing one challenge per month for 21 months until September 2012. I picked the challenges for different reasons – some because of their iconic nature and some that I know will push me to my physical and mental limits. Starting off with a New Year’s Day swim in the North Sea, each challenge will prepare me for the biggest of them all – trekking the Avenue of the Volcanoes in Ecuador, which will finish with the summiting of the 19,350ft active Cotopaxi volcano.

For more information on each challenge, click on the links below for those completed, and those still on the horizon.


Jan:      New Year’s Day swim in the North Sea

Feb:     Great North West Half Marathon

Mar:    Chester 10 Miler

Apr:     Edinburgh Half Marathon

May:    Manchester 10km

Jun:      Chorlton Triathlon

July:     National 3 Peaks Challenge

Aug:     Yorkshire 3 Peaks Challenge

Sept:    Hell Runner (Half Marathon)

Oct:     Isle of Wight Marathon

Nov:     English Channel Swim*

Dec:     Lands End to John O Groats Bike Ride*


Jan:      Dubai Marathon

Feb:     BMF a Day Keeps the Doctor Away

Mar:    River Thames Row*

Apr:     London Marathon

May:    Commando Challenge (17km)

Jun:      Coast to Coast Hike

July:     Gym for Heroes

Aug:     Fire & Glass Walking

Sept:    Climb Cotopaxi (volcano), Ecuador

*Due to time needed & resources required to complete these actual events, I will be completing the same distance, but using the gym to complete it. So my December challenge, will involve cycling 874 miles on a bike at the gym (about 44 miles every working day of the month). So while I won’t be on the road, channel or river, the challenge will definitely still be there.


Help for Heroes [21:21] Challenge


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