On Wednesday 4 April, aspiring Royal Marines Officer Jack Halstead and I will attempt to run from Marble Arch, London to Arc de Triomphe, Paris, running just over 6 marathons in 2.5 days. The idea was born, planned and decided upon this week, leaving us around 10 days to prepare. Five months since my last real run, this will be a true challenge.
We’ve briefly hinted at how Athletic Tea Co. began but I wanted to tell you the full story. Here it is:
In 2016, two friends and I embarked on the biggest challenge of our lives - to cycle the length of South America for Right to Play, Kidney Cancer UK and Alzheimer’s Society. I had not owned a bike before and no real endurance experience to talk about. Starting our trip at 3,500 metres then was not perhaps the greatest idea.
Last October I ran 704 kilometres, climbing 6,500 metres over 10 days, 13 hours and 5 minutes. A new world-record for the fastest crossing of Iceland on foot had been set and it was undoubtedly one of the best moments of my life. The below is a brief account of how I got there and why on earth I did it.
He laughed and said, ‘sign up to Amsterdam and waste your time cycling along flat road if you want, but if you want to do something big and life changing, make it tougher’. One hour and three beers later, I’d decided to sign up to the World’s toughest Ironman. Some of me wishes I’d never met David Hay, but most of me is extremely grateful.
Most people will see this image, check our Instagram account and say: “cycling the length of South America? That looks like a bloody good holiday”. Well, the answer is a little bit more complicated than that.