Ross JENKIN

Ross JENKIN

The Big 4 at 40

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My story

[p]2020 saw me attempting a challenge which I believe has not been done before. I attempted to do all four national 24hr mountain challenges, only resting whilst my wife drove between them. [/p][p]This was going to test my physical and mental ability to the max and gave myself extra motivation by aiming to raise at least £15000 for charity.[/p][p]I had a team of at least 50 supporters to help me round and it was to be impossible without them.[/p][p]I am doing this for multiple reasons; I am turning 40 in 2020 so this is a mid-life crisis of sorts, I want to do something to raise some money for some causes which mean a lot to me, and when I thought of this as a challenge I couldn't get it out of my head so I simply had to do it.[/p][p]I also suffer from depression myself so by doing this I hope to encourage others to do something which helps their own mental health and more than anything I am promoting talking about your problems.[/p][p]To that end I am hoping to bring a spectacular display of moving imagery to the screens with the message to talk about your mental health issues.[/p][p]Don't MAN UP, SPEAK UP![/p][p][br][/p][p]What happened?[/p][p]I started in Scotland on the Charlie Ramsey round and got 80% of the way round - unfortunately the wind was so strong i was worried that Nina and Pawel (my supporters on that leg) would get blown away. We made the only decision to descend to Kinlochleven. Davy and Helen were there waiting for me and had put all the plans in place already for me to return to scotland at the end to complete the Charlie Ramsey. [/p][p][br][/p][p]So I continued on to the Denis Rankin Round in NI. This was a different story entirely with phenomenal weather all the way round. I pushed hard for a good time which was a mistake as it put too much strain on my body and I started to develop tendonitis in my ankles. I was still able to run a bit so we decided to push on. I completed the round in about 22.5 hrs and set off for Wales. [/p][p][br][/p][p]On arrival in Wales for the Paddy Buckley, I met Nikki who as an A&E doctor, told me that the tendonitis was only going to get worse but advised that as long as i could keep going, then it would be ok to carry on. So i set off on the PB. By the end of leg 1, i was already in excruciating pain but wanted to continue. I stripped out of the wet clothes and was led up the next summits of leg 2 - uphill was fine and i still felt strong but as soon as i hit any downhill, the pain was almost unbearable. summit after summit I struggled on, always with an amazing support team at my side but each time we started a descent i slowed to a crawl and was crying with the pain. 37.5 hours later I arrived back in Capel Curig a broken man. I could barely walk and my head was in bits. The Bob Graham was to be impossible this time. My team had been arranging everything behind the scenes for me to continue had it been a possibility but no the attempt was finished. I completed 2.8 of the 4 rounds - it was a brutal test of grit and determination and it was only really injury that stopped me - a total of 387km and 31800m of ascent is a big ask of anyone. [/p][p]I promised myself and my team that I would be back for another attempt - The next few months i focused on recovery, physical and mental. I suffered mentally for the 2 weeks after the attempt with PTSD and depression. Deep down, i knew it was not a failure, but it felt like it was. I had attempted something no-one had ever attempted before, I had completed nearly 3 of the big uk rounds in about 5 days - that is NOT a failure - it is just not the success i was after. [/p][p]So what next?[/p][p]I intend to give this another attempt in June of 2021 but injuries have plagued me for the last 8 months and although my supporters are all lined up and raring to go, I must be sensible about it. I have not yet decided what I will do this year, but There may be another attempt in 2021 or if not I will endeavour to do it in 2022. This story is not over and will continue. [/p][p][br][/p][p]This will test my physical and mental ability to the max and I intend to give myself extra motivation by raising at least £15000 for charity.[/p][p]I will have a team of at least 50 supporters to help me round and it would be impossible without them.[/p][p]I am doing this for multiple reasons; I am turning 40 in 2020 so this is a mid-life crisis of sorts, I want to do something to raise some money for some causes which mean a lot to me, and when I thought of this as a challenge I couldn't get it out of my head so I simply have to do it.[/p][p]I also suffer from depression myself so by doing this I hope to encourage others to do something which helps their own mental health and more than anything I am promoting talking about your problems.[/p][p]To that end I am hoping to bring a spectacular display of moving imagery to the screens with the message to talk about your mental health issues.[/p][p]Don't MAN UP, SPEAK UP![/p][p]UPDATE 24/08/20: I start today! [/p][p]Monday 24th at 6pm I start the Big 4 at 40. This has been a long time coming and I am as ready as I can be. I start on the Charlie Ramsey Round then go to the Denis Rankin, then the Paddy Buckley and finally the Bob Graham - this totals 152 summits, 400 km, 32000 m of height gain, in about 100 hrs of running with a support team of about 50 people.[/p][p]This scares the **** out of me and every part of me will hurt at some point over the next 5 days but I will persevere. [/p][p]Follow me on the below link: (also in my bio) [/p][p]https://share.garmin.com/share/coveryourtracks[/p][p]If viewing on a mobile phone, don't use chrome. Go to the "i " and click "View in desktop version" to see the routes in addition to the track. I am using Microsoft Edge for mobiles.[/p][p]UPDATE 22/05/20: next week I was due to head to Wales to start the Big 4 at 40. Covid 19 has clearly put a king kong size spanner in the works and means that the entire challenge will need to be postponed. This is very disappointing and has caused me some stress but the more important issue is of course to help to stop the spread of a deadly virus. Therefore, my new revised plan is to aim for August 2020.[/p][p][br][/p][p]UPDATE: I have made the difficult decision to move away from Mind as a fundraiser and instead I am raising money for CALM (Campaign Against Living Miserably). I will not go into why on a public forum like this so if you would like to know the reason, please message me. All the money donated up until now has already been split and gone to Mind, The Dogs Trust and Mountain Rescue, but from now on Mind has been replaced by CALM. [/p][p]I feel that CALM fits really well with my message and they do amazing work for men suffering with mental health problems and having suicide crises.[/p]
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Jun 19, 2021

Beth and Steve

You’ve got this Ross!!!

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Jun 18, 2021

Anonymous

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Jun 17, 2021

Martin Shelly

Good luck Ross


Jun 16, 2021

Lindsay

Amazing challenge, keep going, you’re doing absolutely brilliantly!

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Jun 16, 2021

Anonymous

What an Amazing undertaking. Wishing you all the very best.

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Jun 15, 2021

Alex

An astonishing feat to take on, for a very worth cause. I wish you every success in the run, and for your future. Be sure to have a few days off afterwards :) Best of luck


Jun 14, 2021

Charlie Allington

Good work big man!!!

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Jun 12, 2021

Heather and Stephen

Best of luck, Ross. We’ll be dot watching then clapping you home at the Moot Hall next weekend 😘😘😘

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Jun 11, 2021

Gillian Jackson

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Jun 10, 2021

Collie294

Thought I would get you to the 6k mark, best of luck

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