Alan Gardiner
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Alan Gardiner

Putting your money where my mouth is

Alan Gardiner
Posted by
Alan Gardiner
28 May 2015

As the 'Challenge Event guy' in the office, I'm proving my worth by running (& fundraising for) the 100km London to Cambridge challenge

I spend my day looking after supporters doing all manner of ludicrously hard and bizaare sporting activities, from swimming across oceans & cycling across continents to trekking up mountains only to bungee or zipline back off them. As a lover of sport, somewhat experienced runner and occasionally adventurous/outdoorsy kind of guy, it's only natural that I feel like I need to join in and do something myself.

So here it is...my mission is to complete the 100km London to Cambridge challenge. That's 62.1371192 miles! We start first thing in the moring and aim to finish before midnight.

I'm doing it with my good mate Edd, who I've known since uni. If anything he's more serious & determined than me. To prove it, he's doing a 50 mile race in a couple of weeks for training. I've started a bit slower with an obstacle race, half-marathon training run and a couple of long Sunday walks of 20-25 miles around London.

Me, Edd & two other friends did the Tour of Mont Blanc trek last summer, which was essentially 150km going up & down various alpine mountains and we did it in 6 days, rather than the usual 10-12. We got back to Chamonix in time to watch François D’Haene win the 103 mile Ultra-Trail du Mont-Blanc race in just over 20 hours. So we know what a good challenge looks like.

But both of us will be tested further than we ever have before by this London to Cambridge and we'd love to help us reach our fundraising target by sponsoring us via our giving page here. There's an awesome training video on there that you need to watch anyway, so you might as well donate - if only for the comedy.

We are, of course, fundraising for Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research and hope that our efforts will help those affected by blood cancer and maybe even inspire a few office colleagues to challenge themselves to something (you know who you are!).

I'll probably do another blog or two letting you know how I get on but, for the moment, in case you missed it - you donate here: https://leukaemialymphomaresearch.org.uk/people/alan-gardiner/edd-alans-l2c-100k-challenge