Since completing LEJOGLE my mental health took a nose dive. Expecting great adventures to end with rainbows and butterflies undermines what lies at the heart of it all—honest survival.

Life hasn’t done throwing curve balls…

With a recent diagnosis of M.E. (My-algic Ence-phalo-my-elitis), I am not just tongue-tied trying to toss this term about, I am now also restricted in what shenannigans I can get up to. I am still navigating what I can do at home…including walking up and down stairs, self-care and accessing a keyboard. Whilst I figure out how to move forward, I have put all of my challenges, creative plans and extra-learning on hold.

Thanks for understanding x

The Challenges round up

My most recent challenge was to run almost 1800 miles (originally planned for 1680) from Land’s End to John O’Groats and back again, most days on the hoof, and the equivalent of climbing and descending Mount Everest eight times, with a view to setting a new world record (still evidence gathering for this enormous file) in the name of those fighting the stigma of a mental illness. This all came to pass simply as a result of having to cope with Bipolar Disorder. It was a personal challenge of epic proportions. You can read more about this in Living with Bipolar.

The last decade was a rise from beginner runner to GB Age-Group triathlete taking on open water sea, river and lake swimming, sprint to double-ironman triathlons, mountain bike and road duathlons, and winter aquathlons in briny pools.

Saying yes to ideas allowed me to discover that my heart belongs to mountain races and trails. A Yorkshire 3 Peaks Race finisher, I’ve completed the Snowdonia 7 {Peaks} race three times, the West Highland Way and Great Glen Way twice in one year, with a multitude of 5-hr to 4-day adventure races under my belt.

A Welsh adventure. I cannot wait to undertake this challenge, of 5 adventurous journeys around Wales. Taking in the Offa’s Dyke Path, the Wales Coastal Path, the Anglesey orbit, the Paddy Buckley Round and Cycling from Holyhead to Cardiff with a Welsh 3 Peaks Run in the middle.

Doesn’t it just sound such incredibly good fun, and challenging, of course. Originally this was set to be a 2018 challenge, but a diagnosis of ME has put this on the back burner. It’s a goal I am keeping close to my heart, and a very good reason to get through this chronic illness episode. Not being able to run, climb mountains, swim or cycle is devastating. You can read more on that in my Living with ME section.