If we can take anything from disabled adventurer Darren Edwards’ extraordinary achievement and incredible display of courage and determination in the face of adversity, it’s what he said halfway through his World Marathon Challenge feat…
“I am beginning to realise that I am capable of more than I often give myself credit for…”
Darren, who is one of our Adventure with Purpose ambassadors has become the first person with a disability to complete the challenge, seven marathons in seven days, across seven continents, unsupported
The challenge took place in February and involved marathons in Antartica, Cape Town, Perth, Dubai, Madrid, Fortaleza and Miami.
DAY ONE – ANTARTICA
Darren said: “The most challenging 5hrs 50mins of my life, battling high winds, freezing temperatures, 500m of ascent, and snow drifts – but also the most rewarding, experiencing the raw beauty and majesty of the world’s most southerly continent, Antarctica. Even if just for a day, I feel so incredibly fortunate to have set foot (or ‘set wheels’) on Earth’s great white continent.”
DAY TWO – SOUTH AFRICA
Darren said: “A hot and windy marathon in Cape Town today, but a finishing time of time of 2hours and 48minutes gave me the honour of crossing the finish line first (probably the first time I’ve ‘won’ anything in my life), but most importantly super happy that my body is holding up and injury free after an intense two days in Antarctica and now Africa.”
Darren is hoping to raise £80,000 for the Armed Forces Para-Snowsport Team which “changed his life” when he became disabled following a climbing accident in 2016.
You can donate here: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/darrenworldmarathonchallenge