This November, Dave Weeds will travel to one of the most inhospitable terrains on earth in his pursuit of his aim, to become a member of the prestigious 7 Continents Marathon Club. Along with 50 other competitors, Dave will take part in the Antarctic Ice Marathon, situated a few hundred miles from the South Pole, to raise money and awareness for the National Deaf Children Society.
Magnificent Seven For Dave
Over the past five years, Dave has completed six marathons across six different continents in his fundraising pursuit. His journey of endurance begin in 2009 with London Marathon, followed by New York Marathon one year later, to Rio de Janeiro (2011), Sydney Marathon (2012) and both the Tokyo and Cape Town marathons in 2013.
Dave explains the motivating factor which brought about his challenge: "In 2008, shortly after turning 31 I felt that I wanted to do something 'life defining' that I could look back on in years to come. A few months after London, and with the horrific memories of the last few miles faded, I enjoyed the training and the sense of achievement that completing the race and raising money for a great charity gave me.
"After Sydney, it occurred to me that I had now run four marathons on four different continents. I immediately went to Google and typed ‘marathon on every continent?’ and to my surprise it returned a hit, and my 7 continents challenge was born."
On his work for the National Deaf Children Society, Dave added: “I support this charity because I strongly believe in the invaluable work they do to create a world without barriers for the 45,000+ deaf children and young people living in the UK today. I am proud to say that over the six marathons completed to date I have raised over £10,000 for the charity and I’m hoping to push that total to £15,000 and beyond with this last event.”
If Dave is successful, he will join the exclusive 7 Continents Marathon Club, a group which consists of just over 100 people worldwide and includes legendary explorer Sir Ranulph Fiennes and Shona Thomson, who featured in scottishrunningguide.com earlier this year. You can read more about Dave's challenge and training here.