Why would I want to go from barely running at all to attempting what's regarded as 'the toughest foot race on earth'? I still don’t really know all the reasons…and I doubt I shall know some of the more subtle ones until I am in the Sahara, alone with my thoughts save the inevitable pain, sand, and wind pushing my very sanity to the edge and beyond over 275 kilometres over a week in 55 degree heat.
What I do know is that without Nick introducing me to the idea and without Sally’s recent illness I most certainly would not be doing it.
I guess it’s something along the lines of wanting to both celebrate and appreciate life but above all to preserve it.
This is where you come in...
What does it mean to me to complete the race?
Everything. I can categorically say that no goal has ever been as tough but as appealing as this one.
The step up from the scant level of exercise both Nick and I generally do to this gargantuan and Herculean task makes it all the more challenging. I often imagine the finish line and all that is required to make it there. It's clear to me that one of the greatest forces driving us on will be the wonderful and supportive family and friends we have. Sally herself has been so utterly selfless in her support for me and this generosity alone is deserving of a finishers medal.
Then there is the need and desire to contribute in some way to the fight against cancer. It affects everyone in some way and will continue to do so for many years to come sadly. So my thrust is both towards prevention but also to try to comfort many of those currently suffering with the disease.
It was so very touching and somewhat of an inspiration to receive the support from Nicola Corry Trust and it was an enormous help to Sally. A certain lethargy on my charitable past is one thing. Seeing the bravery of those with the disease and the generosity of so many in the fight against cancer has inspired me to make my own contribution however small it may be.
This responsibility and the support of so many is a truly wonderful thing and this will spur us on I have no doubt at all.
10-20% of superbly trained athletes drop out making the finish line even more of a challenge.
It means as much as anything can mean for me to reach the finish line.