Bidford on Avon resident Carl James, 43, is dedicating the next six months of his life to complete eight amazing challenges after months of intense training. Carl is taking on his challenge to raise funds for JDRF, after his son Toby, a pupil at Temple Grafton C of E Primary School, was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes in 2008, when he was just 17 months old.
Carl often went the extra mile by fundraising for JDRF following Toby’s diagnosis. But this is his most epic journey yet - enduring eight challenges across the country. Carl will begin by pounding the streets of London, as his challenge kicks off with the Virgin London Marathon, on Sunday 21 April.
Celebrity adventurer and broadcaster Mark Beaumont is also running the London Marathon for JDRF this year – and has given Carl his backing. He said:
'People living with type 1 diabetes face some very tough challenges. The condition stays with them for life and can have a big effect upon both them and their family. That’s why taking on a tough sporting challenge like the Virgin London Marathon to raise money for JDRF is a fantastic thing to do. I congratulate each and every person who is doing so.'
'When Toby was diagnosed with type 1, I made myself a commitment to fundraise for JDRF every other year, extending the physical challenges every time. I hope that by pushing myself harder and harder it will raise awareness for type 1 diabetes and I’m determined to raise as much money for JDRF as I can. So I would encourage everyone to make a donation, however big or small, to help a great cause.'
Carl’s other challenges include…
The Dorney Olympic Triathlon, 26 May: Eton Dorney was the home of rowing and canoeing in the London 2012 Olympics – it was also where Carl completed his first triathlon. The Olympic distance is made up of a 1,500m open water swim, followed by a 40km bike ride and finally a 10km run.
Welsh 3,000s, 1 and 2 June: This daunting event involves covering 24 miles in 24 hours – including 13,000ft of ascent along the way, conquering all 15 of the Welsh mountains over 3,000ft.
South Cerney Sprint Triathlon, 15 June: This event involves a 750m open water swim, a 20km bike ride and a 5km run.
Land’s End to Dover cycle, 1 – 5 July: For his biggest challenge, Carl and six amazing friends will ride 400 miles in four days. The event consists of Land’s End to Newton Abbot on day one, on to Poole for day two, then to Brighton on day three and finally on day four crossing the finish line in Dover.
London Olympic Triathlon, 28 July: Another 1,500m swim, 40km pedal and 10km run this time as part of the UK’s largest triathlon around the iconic Royal Docks in London.
Lyke Wake Walk, 31 August: This route means a lot to Carl as his father completed it as a Scout. It will be Carl’s fourth crossing of the 44 mile non-stop route, which extends across the North York Moors from Osmotherley to Ravenscar.
HSBC Olympic Triathlon, 15 September: To end the year Carl is heading back to Eton Dorney for his fourth triathlon of the year – a 1,500m open water swim, a 40km bike ride, and a 10km run.
Jon Medcraft, Senior Challenge Events Fundraiser at JDRF, said:
'We are delighted that Carl has decided to raise vital funds for JDRF, which will help the charity to back research into finding the cure for type 1 diabetes. We look forward to cheering him on during the events and wish him every success.'
Visit Carl's JustGiving page to follow his progress throughout the challenge or donate, or follow Carl on Facebook.