One of the guys I met on my recent training trip in Mallorca is clearly a bit mad – he’s signed up to do an absolutely crazy challenge called the Arch to Arc. I’ll let him describe it in his own words:
“The Arch to Arc is the world’s hardest triathlon. It begins at Marble Arch on September 15th with an 87 mile run down to Dover. I will then plunge into the sea and swim the 22 miles of the English Channel (this, in itself, is one of the world’s hardest swims). If I get to Calais I will then cycle the 180 miles to the Arc de Triomphe. Only 13 people have completed the event. At the time of writing I will be the oldest person to have attempted this.”
You can see what I mean about being a bit mad. However, there’s a very good reason why he’s doing it:
“I’m raising money for the wonderful charity at which I work, Aspire. The people we help, paralysed by spinal cord injury, would love to have the privileges that we have. I, in particular, count my blessings and see each day what a privileged life I lead. Even contemplating the Arch 2 Arc is an honour. I do hope that you can make all of this worthwhile for Aspire and also for me. “
Not only is this an amazing challenge, but I have a friend that has personally benefited from Aspire to help her rebuild her life after a terrible spinal injury. Please do support Paul here – http://www.justgiving.com/PaulParrishArch2Arc
And if you want to read more about his journey, then check out his blog.