Goodminton: Like Badminton, but Fun

Oh, by the way, I totally did some badminton! Apologies for not letting you know sooner, it slipped my mind because…well…it’s badminton. I didn’t actually set out to play badminton that day (12.11.2012); I actually drove to Reading Climbing Centre with my...
Posted On 28 Nov 2012
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Rowing Lake Windermere

A long time ago, some people promised to take me out on the River Thames and give me lessons in the sport of rowing. Sadly, however, it never came to be. Luckily, I happened to be in the Lake District over the weekend, so I decided to rent a rowing boat and row Lake Windermere...
Posted On 30 Aug 2012
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Cycling 100 Miles.

Back when I started this challenge, I decided to cycle 100 miles for the cycling element. How hard could it be, right? So, I made a plan: Stage 1: Borrow a bike Stage 2: Borrow a helmet Stage 3: Put both in the garage, and leave to mature for 12 months Stage 4: Cycle 100 miles...
Posted On 26 Aug 2012
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Oh Yeah, Archery!

OK, I know it wasn’t specifically the Olympic version but, on my jousting day, I also spent a morning learning all about the history of archery and practising my hand at it. Given that not a single archery club has responded to my requests to try their sport, I’m...
Posted On 10 Jul 2012
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At the Olympic Stadium

I am just about to walk into the Olympic Stadium for the London 2012 Games...and run the 100m sprint. How exactly I have ended up here is unclear. I do, however, know it involved dozens of generous people, all of whom I can't thank enough for everything they have donated to this...
Posted On 01 Apr 2012
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Hup! The Art of Jumping!

As part of the Gold Challenge, I have to do some gymnastics. Officially, they want me to do trampolining, but it’s just not as easy as you might think to find a nearby trampolining club that is also happy to let hairy, angry-looking men stroll in and ‘have a...
Posted On 14 Mar 2012
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Something for Nothing

It’s true what they say, you know. You get nothing for nothing. Unless, of course, you are Ryan Air. In which case, you get £160 for doing absolutely nothing whatsoever. That is how much money it has cost me to delay my outgoing flight to Portugal by 24 hours, so I can...
Posted On 05 Mar 2012
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Me. In the Olympic Stadium. IT’S HAPPENING!

Thanks to some incredibly generous donations, I have now raised enough money through the Gold Challenge that they are going to let me run do my 100m sprint event in the actual London 2012 Olympic Stadium, in front of 20,000 people! Do I know how to sprint properly? No. Will I...
Posted On 02 Mar 2012
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Olympic Stadium? 20,000 people? 100m? ME?!

So it turns out I’m still one of the Gold Challenge’s highest fund-raisers so far. That’s pretty cool! I haven’t quite reached the heights of the guy raising money to save the rhinos, but I’ml making good progress. However, it also turns out that, if...
Posted On 17 Feb 2012
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I’m the 9th Highest Fundraiser?!

Today, I have discovered that I am the 9th highest individual fund-raiser for the Gold Challenge. That’s right, my ridiculous (and apparently unique) attempt at every single Olympic sport has me in the Top Ten… Moreover, I’m also the highest fund-raiser for...
Posted On 16 Dec 2011
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