Dave’s first challenge was The Tough Mudder, which he completed on 8 September. Described by some as probably the toughest event on the planet, the event is a hard-core, 12-mile long obstacle course, designed by Special Forces to test all round strength, stamina, mental grit and camaraderie. “Being a mudder is about taking on obstacles in life and the enormous sense of accomplishment people feel when overcoming them,” Dave told TopicUK “and only 78 percent of entrants successfully complete each course.”
Just a week later on 15 September, Dave faced his second challenge: The Great North Run, which he completed in just one hour 44 minutes, coming 5,454 out of a total of 56,000 runners. “I was delighted with the result as my training has not been good this year. I have covered more than 600 miles in two different countries and suffered two torn calf muscles and endured lots of visits to a physiotherapist!
Dave’s final challenge of the year will be the PlusNet Yorkshire Marathon in York in October. This much-anticipated run, which is set to be flatter and faster than London, Paris, Chicago and Berlin, is the biggest marathon being staged in Yorkshire. Athletes, both professional and amateur will come from not only the UK but from France, Spain, Ireland, USA, Africa and the Caribbean.
So why is Dave doing this? Quite simply, to raise much needed funds for The Jane Tomlinson appeal. The late fundraiser and campaigner Jane, raised almost £2m for charity by tackling a series of epic challenges, including cycling over 4,000 miles across America, despite being diagnosed with incurable cancer. Jane was just 36 when in August 2000, she and her family received the devastating news she had terminal breast cancer. Over the next seven years, Jane captured the attention of the world through her achievements as she outlived her initial six-month prognosis. With seemingly endless reserves of determination and courage, Jane completed incredible challenges to raise money to help others.
“My initial fundraising target was £500 which I have already exceeded with one challenge still to complete,” added Dave, “and hopefully with the support of the local business community this could reach £1000.”
If you would like to sponsor Dave in his final challenge or make a one-off donation visit www.justgiving.com/Dave Rolinson for details.