Starting in January 2013, I’ll be undertaking 10 Challenges to raise money for cancer research. More than one in three people in the UK will develop some form of cancer during their lifetime. It is a vicious disease that touches us all in far too many ways. So I’m hoping to raise at least £2000 for the Association of International Cancer Research (AICR) by putting myself through these 10 adventurous endurance challenges:

#1: A 3-Day Ironman
A mock Ironman length challenge over three consecutive days: Day 1: A 112 mile cycle ride (from my hometown of Sutton Coldfield to the outskirts of London); Day 2: A 2.4 mile swim; Day 3: A 26.2 mile run – the London Marathon!
Postponed until 2014 due to a knee injury 😦

#2: Across Ireland on Foot
A 130 mile journey across Ireland – from Galway to Dublin – on foot – in 7 days.
✓ Completed 24.03.13

#3: Climbing My First ‘Proper’ Mountain – The Zugspitze in Germany
At 2962m, the Zugspitze is Germany’s highest mountain and this will be by far the highest, and most technically difficult, mountain I have climbed.

#4: Climbing the Height of Everest… in Yorkshire’s Tallest Building!
79 ascents of Yorkshire’s 112m tall Bridgwater Place in Leeds – the equivalent height of Mount Everest which stands at 8848m tall – in 24 hours.
✓ Completed 17.02.13 – watch the video here.

#5: Cycling4Lasagne
My mum makes the world’s best lasagne. Fact. So I’m going to cycle 150 miles – from Sheffield to my mum’s house in southern Wales – to go have some. What better reward for a hungry cyclist!
✓ Completed 24.02.13 – read about it here.

#6: Kayaking from Sheffield to the Sea
A kayak journey of over 60 miles from Sheffield (the UK’s most land-locked city) along the canal network, into the Humber estuary and eventually to the sea.

#7: Recreate Team GB’s Finest Moments
My challenge is to recreate ten of Team GB’s finest moments including Mo’s 10k, Sir Chris’ velodrome heroics, every event in Jess’ heptathlon, and plenty more!

#8: Scotland Coast to Coast by Kayak
An 80 mile kayak expedition from Inverness, on the east cost, to Loch Linnhe, on the west coast.

#9: The Welsh 3000s Challenge
15 mountains above 3000ft in 24 Hours! Over 35 miles of walking and 3500 metres of ascent in total.
See here for details if you are interesting in joining me for this challenge on 22nd June 2013.

#10: Walking in My Great-Grandfather’s Footsteps: Manchester to Birmingham on Foot
A walk of over 80 miles retracing the route taken by my great-grandfather who, unable to find work in Manchester, walked to Birmingham.

I hope to complete all of these challenges within an 18 month period. Each of these challenges will push me firmly beyond my comfort zone in a variety of ways. All costs associated with these challenges will be paid for by myself so every penny donated goes directly towards cancer research.

AICR is a fantastic charity whose global aim is to save lives that are being lost to cancer by improving prevention, detection and treatment. AICR is the only charity dedicated to the worldwide scientific fight against cancer. Since 1980, AICR has played a major role in funding ground breaking cancer research. At present they are funding over 215 cancer research projects in more than 23 countries.

So please, dig deep, and click here to make a donation now to help rid us all of this terrible disease.


About Jon Maiden

Founder of Goalvanise which enables people to create their Life List online, and inspires and supports them to achieve their life goals. Check out the Goalvanise blog here or my personal blog here.

2 responses »

  1. Lauren Rains says:

    This is the greatest list of ALL TIME. PERIOD. In fact, I love it so much Jon, that it’s inspired me to create my own list of microadventures to complete this year.
    I’ve got, so far – walk across San Dune National Park in Colorado | Build and sleep in an Igloo | Snowshoe from Boulder, CO to Fort Collins, CO in in search of a great craft brew reward (Fort collins is known for its breweries), SUP across Lake Tahoe at its widest point of 22 miles, and a few more to come of course!!! 🙂

    Thanks for the inspiration! It’s awesome to have other people out there embarking on similar missions! 🙂 Truly, so grateful I came across your blog Jon! 🙂

    • Jon Maiden says:

      Thanks Lauren! Those are very kind words. And I’m delighted to hear it’s inspired you to create your own list of microadventures. Some of your ideas sound incredibly exciting! You’re so lucky to have all those lakes and mountains so near to you. Endless possibilities!

      Yes, it is indeed awesome to have fellow microadventurers out there! It’s so easy to stay on the sofa, but then when you see someone has been on an awesome adventure, the sofa somehow suddenly feels less appealing!

      I look forward to reading through your list as soon as you have it ready. Watch out too for my upcoming post on exploring the tunnels under Sheffield – that was epic!


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