Ryan takes on the 6 Peaks for Step by Step
Ryan works as a brick and stone labourer in Rushden, Northamptonshire, and is married to a very understanding wife with two dogs, who often accompany him on his training.
His past challenge events include London and Snowdonia Marathons, Tough Guy Obstacle Course Races and the London Nightrider Cycle Challenge. His motivation behind these events is
“that feeling of completion and overcoming the challenges within both training and the event itself gives such a buzz!”
In January Ryan signed up to climb 6 Peaks for Step by Step; a challenge not for the faint-hearted! The 6 Peaks consists of The National Three Peaks (Ben Nevis, Scafell Pike and Snowdon) AND Yorkshire Three Peaks (Pen-Y Ghent, Whernside and Ingleborough) in ONE Challenge! It is an extremely demanding challenge which requires a very high level of physical and mental fitness.
Despite his past challenges, Ryan feels that he still has so much to learn with this training and knows he will have to dig very deep for the event.
“My biggest fear is underestimating something combined with not planning enough…but I feel the support has been there from the start so added to 100% application in training all the ingredients for success are there!"
Step by Step is a cause close to his heart, as he has previously worked as a Support Worker in supported housing.
“Every young person deserves the same opportunities in life and reading the case studies of young people helped by Step by Step clearly demonstrates the empowerment and wonderful support given. I can see what fantastic work they do. Often in life we can get to a bigger goal by completing a series of smaller steps and Step by Step gives the support and direction to enable this. For me this provides all the motivation I need to fundraise”.
For those thinking about embarking on a challenge event, the best advice Ryan can give is
“don’t hesitate and think why you CAN’T do something, enter and put together a realistic plan that builds up over time. Whether it be your first 5km park run or marathon you’re a pure champion for completing it. You are just as capable as anyone else. Be proud of that first step! And when it comes to fundraising, think about underlying passions and ways of involving friends and colleagues, have fun and hopefully the cause will reap great rewards”
To date, Ryan’s best challenge experiences include the London Marathon for the support “the crowd are beyond amazing, regardless of your speed they cheer you on like you’re the champion”! However, for scenery, Ryan declares it has to be Snowdonia Marathon for the “beautiful, yet challenging course”. However he has a feeling these will be surpassed after the 6 Peaks, and is already planning on taking on 9 Peaks next year!
We would wish Ryan good luck, but it doesn’t sound like he needs it!
Support Step by Step by sponsoring Ryan here:https://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/taffymountainclimber
If this has spurred you into thinking about taking on a challenge event for Step by Step, contact Kirsty Charlton