Fed up with being asked to donate to lots of different charities for lots of different events, two friends from Oldham have decided to take a different approach to fundraising and undertake 18 extreme physical challenges in just 12 months.
The events include the Manchester 10k run, the Manchester to Blackpool 60k cycle ride, a 20 mile obstacle course and the notoriously difficult Tough Mudder challenge.
Darren Ratcliffe and Neil Buckley are completing the challenges for Forever Manchester – a charity which supports grassroots community activity throughout the ten boroughs in Greater Manchester.
The charity has even adopted one of the events as its own official event – as the pair have arranged a walk up Mount Snowdon on April 26th. It’s a case of the more the merrier with 51 people having already signed up for the challenge.
Three years ago, the challenge would have been impossible for Darren who owns RedStar Creative, a digital agency based in Manchester, as he weighed over 23 stone. Since then he has lost over 8 stone, citing becoming so active as a major factor in his weight loss success.
Darren comments, “We’re both really excited to be doing the challenges and we do admit we have got a bit carried away – originally there should have been 12 events but we kept finding more and more things to enter and can’t say no. Just a couple of days ago we both agreed to add a three peaks challenge to the mix! I’m an ambassador for Forever Manchester and proud to be raising much needed cash for them in this positive way.”
Neil adds, “What has been really good is the amount of support we have had from our friends – so far we’ve not done an event on our own as people are joining in. To have 51 people going up Snowdon is amazing and we’ll have a great day!”
Neil and Darren are asking that people sponsor them just £2 per event and donations can be made by texting WEBD99 £2 to 70070. More information can be found on the website that the duo has set up at www.12in12fm.co.uk
Mar 16th – Major Series – Leeds
Apr 5th – Three Peaks Challenge
April 26th – Snowdon Climb – Wales
May 10th – Rat Race Dirty Weekend – Lincolnshire
May 18th – Manchester 10k – Manchester
Jun 21st – Total Warrior – Leeds
Jun 29th – Great Manchester Cycle (52k)
Jul 13th – Tough Guy Nettle Warrior – Wolverhampton (Neil Only)
Jul 14th – Manchester to Blackpool Cycle (100k) (Darren Only)
Jul 21st – Colour Run – Manchester
Aug 2nd – Total Warrior – Leeds
Aug 31st – Manchester 100 Mile Cycle – Manchester
Sep 13th – Tough Mudder – Cheshire
Oct 11th – Mens Health Survival of the Fittest – Nottingham (May be changed)
Nov 9th – Mens Health Survival of the Fittest – Manchester
Dec – TBC – Springhill Hospice Santa 5k Run – Rochdale