Marathons and Millions!!!

13th Sep, 2013

Down time after a season ends is probably the hardest time for an athlete. Don’t get me wrong its lovely to have time to reflect on the year and not be as pressured when competing in front of 60,000 excited fans, but filling your days to be productive can be taxing.

Recently with my “Down Time” i’ve been on a push to get really fit partly before i start heavy and hard winters training but also so that i can complete part of Richard Whiteheads 40 marathons in 40 days with him. I took the easiest option of joining him on a bike, purely because as a discus thrower it would have been embarrassing to try to run with him. I thought to myself it would be better to complete the day with Rich than to get out of breath and nearly die doing just 10k.

The day was amazing, starting in Measham in Leicestershire and finishing in Soulihul just outside Birmingham. It was an inspiring day and i know of Rich’s 26th marathon he would have liked some fresh banter and company. Through the day of four stages the second stage of 12km proved toughest with a couple of very steep climbs and Rich and myself had to dig deep as the hills seemed endless but not as endless as his motivation.

Rich was so determined throughout the day it was a great boost to see someone putting themselves second to charity but putting themselves very much past the pain barrier, a challenge most would not even contemplate or even act for one marathon let alone for 40!

Rich is aiming to raise as much money as possible for Scope and Sacoma two very worthy charities close to Rich’s heart and you can donate and add to this inspiration at here is a picture of Rich and myself sharing a joke with my Aston Villa shirts before the Run.. Well he has to have the best shirt in the world!


Richard Whitehead Marathon Challenge





Having just about got my breath back and shaken the lactic in my legs and bum i then headed the following day down to London to a charity day at Canary Wharf for my charity “Right to Play”.

This event was very exciting, it was a day learning how to trade stocks and shares an profits made went to the respective charities. There were a host of Celebrities and sports stars turn out for their charities which made it exciting and really profitable as the traders made the most of the celebrities names to make more cash.

I delt with a trade for credit swiss and managed to secure a currency deal of cable worth £500m which was a hell of allot of money and it was pretty daunting knowing that could change any second. Having secured the deal it turned out to be one of the biggest of the day which was great making 600,000 profit for the charity!

The day was topped off by a bit of hero spotting and i managed to get a pic with Baywatch legend and funny man of the moment David Hasselhoff and Jimmy Carr. Both really nice blokes who raised boat loads of cash for charity.


Charity day with the HOFFCharity day in London with Jimmy Carr



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