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Roger Cross

Ultra Challenge Series

Total raised so far £0.00

Target £0.00

Total plus Gift Aid: £0.00

Raised offline: £0.00

My story

[p][img][/img]Thanks for taking the time to visit my fundraising page.[/p][p]Six years ago my mother died from cancer. Thanks to support from the professionals of John Taylor Hospice she spent her final weeks in the familiar surroundings of her own home, with her family and friends around her.[/p][p]As JTH have always gone the extra mile for their clients I've decided to mark my 60th year by doing the same. So this year I am attempting every event on the Ultra Challenge calendar - that's 8 100km challenges plus a little 50km 'wind-down', all between May and September.[/p][p]It's going to be fun. It's going to be tough. And I really peaked in the Peak District - read on![/p][p][b]7th April - Coventry Way Challenge [/b][/p][p]Taking on a challenge like this requires a lot of preparation, and mine has included this year's Coventry Way Challenge. It's a 40 mile / 60 km circumnavigation of Coventry, mainly on footpaths and unsurfaced tracks and even with support is tough. I completed the course in 10hrs 38mins, which was possibly the fastest time for a walker (the runners go a lot faster!)[/p][p]Four weeks to the Isle of Wight Challenge, which will be taken at a more leisurely pace![/p][p][b]4th-5th May - Isle of Wight Challenge[/b][/p][p]The first Ultra - now I really feel like I've started. A bright and breezy day, firm underfoot, with superb views of the cliffs near the Needles, a magnificent sunset at Ryde, nighttime marches along the esplanades of Sandown and Ventnor and a high-level stroll to finish as the sun came up.[/p][p]106km in a little over 22hrs 35 mins - a good start to the challenge.[img]//:0[/img][/p][p][b]25th-26th May - London 2 Brighton Challenge[/b][/p][p]After the cold, the heat. A muggy, overcast start gave way to a hot sunny day with very little breeze. (An ice cream van near the 30km mark probably made enough to take the summer off!) Once clear of London the route was mainly one of country lanes, fields and woods, and thankfully little traffic. The views really opened up towards the end, with wide vistas hiding the distant sea and the urban sprawl of Brighton.[/p][p]100km in just over 21hrs 30 mins - not a bad time for the conditions.[/p][p][b]8th-9th June - Jurassic Coast Challenge[/b][/p][p]Apres le deluge - the challenge. Torrential downpours on the eve of the challenge gave way to two gloriously sunny days, with strong winds adding some interest to the magnificent high-level promenades. This challenge had it all - sandy beaches, shingle beaches, long esplanades, magnificent coastal scenery and a magical view of mist-shrouded plains from the heights above Bridport to lift the spirits in the early morning. The first half is definitely the finest, and the first quarter from Poole to Corfe Castle would be the perfect introduction for a neophyte challenger.[/p][p]100km in just over 22 hrs 46 mins (after subtracting half an hour spent waiting for the ferry at Studland Point).[/p][p][b]29th-30th June - Cotswold Way Challenge[/b][/p][p]This was always going to be tough. The high temperature made it vital to drink plenty right from the start, and even so the second quarter was a struggle. Apart from the long urban stretches at the beginning and end the route is mainly off-road. The route is predominantly over high, open ground with expansive views, but it's difficult to appreciate these when you're searching for shade all the time. The afternoon was cooler and the woodlands in the later stages a delight. But oh, that last stony descent to Cheltenham![/p][p]100km in 24 hrs 40 mins - which sounds slow but was a good performance for a route which defeated one in three starters.[/p][p][b]12th-13th July - Peak District Challenge[/b][/p][p]The dull, overcast conditions for much of the day may have made for indifferent photography, but they were ideal walking conditions. The hand of man was much in evidence, from Chatsworth Park and Monsal Head Viaduct to the High Peak Trail which made up so much of the second half. But there was woodland and high moors - one got used to seeing the checkpoints below - and sheltered dales. And the short scramble out of Lathkill Dale was a delight.[/p][p]100km in 21 hrs 38 mins - a fast time for a tough route, made possible by the extensive use of cycle tracks.[/p]
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Personal Challenge Date

28 Sep 2019


Jul 3, 2019


More offline donations from the 20th-century people


Jul 1, 2019

Andy and Penny

Well-done so far, Roger ... now it's all downhill!

£20.00 plus £5.00 Gift Aid

Jun 24, 2019


Well done! An awesome challenge to take on and you're smashing it! Did Isle of wight last year and attempting Peak district this year so full respect for taking them all on!

£15.00 plus £3.75 Gift Aid

Jun 17, 2019


What an incredible challenge! You are doing brilliantly, best of luck for the adventures yet to come.

£30.00 plus £7.50 Gift Aid

Jun 15, 2019

Jessica Wood

Good luck with the rest of your challenges Roger - you're doing an incredible job!

£10.00 plus £2.50 Gift Aid

May 31, 2019


Offline donations - thank you for your generosity


May 21, 2019


What a tremendous challenge! Good luck with it all Roger.

£30.00 plus £7.50 Gift Aid

May 20, 2019


Another batch of offline donations from the twentieth-century folk. Thank you - you are helping to make Every Moment Matter for JTH patients and their families


May 15, 2019

Jamie Hawkswood

Well done Roger, and the best of luck for your future adventures

£5.00 plus £1.25 Gift Aid

May 14, 2019

Derrick Llewellyn

Well done Roger

£20.00 plus £5.00 Gift Aid