Friday, 3 June 2016

Treadmill Challenge Completed!

Well, I made it!  I managed to simulate climbing Kilimanjaro on a treadmill in one day at the Surrey County show.  Now just the small matter of the real thing to do!

I have to say it was a lot tougher than I imagined it would be and  I wasn't sure it was achievable when I first suggested it (for me at least!), but after 9 hours and 12 minutes of walking uphill at a 12% incline (plus a few toilet breaks!) I managed to climb the same ascent that I will doing on the mountain for real in September.

The lovely people at the Princess Alice Hospice had arranged for a platform for my treadmill and a gazeebo to protect me from the elements, so I felt a little bit on display but it certainly seemed attract attention and some bemused looks as people passed by throughout the day.

I kept myself hydrated during the day drinking about 4 litres of water with an electrolyte mix and snacked on bananas and cereal bars to maintain my energy levels.  By the end of the day I had burned about 3,700 Calories, so came home a bit lighter than when I arrived!

I did the challenge in one hour sessions, stopping at the end of every hour for a 5 minute break. After getting to around the half-way point though, I was starting to doubt whether I'd be able to complete the whole thing!  But it's amazing how a few minutes rest can help and by facing each hour one at a time I managed to get through the day to finish the challenge over 10 hours later!

Lots of people came up to speak to me and ask me questions, but the question of the day was from a young boy who cheekily said "Were you a fat person when you got on that?"!

I was also interviewed by BBC Surrey at the show for their social media and was invited onto their breakfast show the next morning for a radio interview, which you can listen to below.

It's now 4 days on from this mini challenge and I still have a lot of aches and pains, but I'm really pleased to have completed it.  We managed to raise about £400 during the day for the Princess Alice Hospice and Yes to Life from people putting money in our collection buckets, so thank you to everyone who contributed to this total and to everyone who came and said hello.

My overall fundraising total has now risen to an incredible £4,770.  Thank you everyone for helping me get this far.  If anyone else would like to sponsor me, you can do so by clicking the "Sponsor Me" button at the top of the page.  I'm covering all my own costs or the challenge, so all of the sponsorship money goes to the charities I'm supporting.

Thank you!