The biggest challenge yet...

2013: 6 events over 7 months

including runs, a triathlon and the Tough Mudder Challenge, fundraising for Alzheimer's Research UK

John tested his fitness through 2013 by completing six events over the period March - September 2013. The events were:

  • 31st March: N Tyneside 10K
  • 24th April: Sunderland 10K
  • 6th June: Blaydon Races 5.9 mile
  • 22nd July: Gateshead 10K run
  • 4th August: T&W Fire & Rescue Sprint Triathlon
  • 7th September: 2013 Tough Mudder Challenge

TOTAL RAISED 2013: £561.

2013 Event details

For families and fun runners to experienced club and elite athletes, the Sunderland 10K caters for all ages and abilities. It shows the city off in all its glory taking in Sunderland’s iconic landmarks including the Stadium of Light, Wearmouth Bridge and the Sunderland Marina.

The 1862 Blaydon Races Song is the National Anthem of Tyneside.  The words of the song are used as a basis for everything in the race where possible. The runners assemble at the public house "Balmbras" in central Newcastle and "away they gan alang Collingwood Street" on their way to Scotswood Road and Scotswood Bridge to finish in Blaydon itself.

The Bupa Great North 10k first took place in Sunderland in 2009 and by 2010 it was the biggest running event in the North East behind the iconic Bupa Great North Run. In 2011 it moved to a brand new home at Gateshead Stadium, with a route that takes in the sights of the NewcastleGateshead Quayside including the Millennium Bridge, The Sage and the BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art.

Tyne & Wear Fire and Rescue Sprint Triathlon is a sprint distance triathlon comprising of a 400m swim / 20km bike / 5km run at Hebburn, Tyne & Wear.

Tough Mudder events are hardcore 10-12 mile (18-20 km) obstacle course challenges designed to test your all-around strength, stamina, mental grit and camaraderie. With the most innovative obstacles and over one million participants globally to date, Tough Mudder is the premier obstacle course series in the world.