I find myself talking about running and my world record attempt a lot. I even bore myself with all my waffle about what I am going to do and how I plan to do this and that along the way. I can’t remember the last time I got through a whole day without sharing an idea about sponsorship, fundraising, route planning etc with anyone who will listen.
The reason that I am like this is simple.
It is not about self promotion – I have no desire to be on TV, in papers or be well known (I am in no way set up to be the centre of attention!)
It is not about getting loads of followers on social media – if only my life was exciting enough for people to want to follow
In fact, it’s not really about me at all…
My constant and relentless blurb about trying to break a world record, about trying to gain sponsorship, about trying to make this into a huge thing is all about raising awareness. I don’t want people talking about me, I want them talking about testicular cancer and what every single guy needs to be doing to spot it.
Testicular Cancer is such a treatable form of cancer. It seems so silly that one of the main reasons it turns into a big deal is because us guys don’t like talking about it, and are willing to let it grow and develop into something more difficult to treat.
98% of men who are diagnosed with testicular cancer survive for 10 or more years if it is detected early. Us guys have a competitive advantage over testicular cancer, so why give that up by failing to check yourself and telling someone if something is wrong. I plan on being in that 98% who survive many years after diagnosis and I am lucky enough to have no reason why that won’t happen.
I got so lucky because my testicular cancer was caught early! I know I keep repeating myself on this but I cannot stress enough how important it is to catch this stupid disease as early as possible. Do not give up the chance of being in that 98% if the worst happens. Check yourself regularly and speak out as soon as you notice anything that doesn’t seem right.
The world record attempt
On September 30th, 2018 I will begin my run from Land’s End to John O’Groats. One end of the country to the other!
If this wasn’t intimidating enough, I have decided to make it even harder for myself. My run will be a world record attempt! I will be attempting to break the Guinness World Record for Fastest Journey on Foot from Land’s End to John O Groats. To be successful I will have to run from one sign to the other in less than 9 days 2 hours and 26 minutes.
I have never run in a competitive race in my life! Not one, not even part of one. Up until a few months ago, I didn’t even really like running! But I feel that I have to do something big, challenging and a little bit stupid to make people talk about testicular cancer. If running the length of the country in less than 9 days is what it takes, then that is what I will do!
On a lighter note…
Happy New Year! I hope 2018 is full of adventures, fun and good health.
Guys, make it a 2018 goal to check yourself regularly
and girls, make it one of your goals to nag the man in your life constantly to check himself. He will thank you for it in the end!