12 challenges in 12 months for charity

Claire Tewkesbury surrounded by her race numbers. ''Picture: Malcolm Wells (150416-7820)
Claire Tewkesbury surrounded by her race numbers. ''Picture: Malcolm Wells (150416-7820)
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ONE challenge every month for a year – that’s the task that Claire Tewkesbury has set herself for 2015.

And the 29-year-old is already a third of the way through her year of physical tests.

It will see her run marathons, swim in open water, cycle from London to Paris, and run to the top of the Gherkin in London.

She is aiming to complete at least one challenge a month, a goal she has so far kept up, and will donate all the money she raises to Breast Cancer Campaign.

‘It started with me signing up to cycle from London to Paris with a target of £2,000,’ said Claire.

‘I was already signed up to a couple of events and it just grew from there.

‘My friend was doing something similar and I have been inspired by her,’

Some months will see Claire complete more than one challenge but she is not daunted, attributing her motivation as much to her love of physical exercise as to her desire to help charities.

‘I just like doing it,’ she added. ‘I go to a cross-fit gym and everyone there is big on competitions.

‘Some of my friends think I’m a bit mad and when you do say to people that you’re doing these challenges they say “woah” but everyone has been supportive.’

Claire completed the Brighton Marathon on Sunday, April 12 for her fourth challenge of the year, finishing in 6hrs and 5mins, 10 minutes under her predicted time.

‘That was my first marathon. It was really good, the atmosphere was incredible,’ she said.

She also completed a 100,000m row in January, ran at least a mile every day of February, and completed a 5k run in the dark along the seafront in 
Portsmouth for her March challenge.

‘I love the feel of the day and the crowd cheering you on,’ she said.

‘It’s hard to describe what it feels like crossing the finish line – it’s amazing.’

In May she will embark on a 750m swim at Dorney Lake, the rowing centre owned by Eton College.

June will see Claire compete in the Portsmouth Triathlon. And in July she is cycling from London to Paris with her friend Kayleigh Teague, as well as possibly entering the London 10k.

Anyone who wants to donate to Claire’s efforts can visit the Just Giving page she set up to fundraise for her cycle from London to Paris at 
justgiving.com/Teague-Tewkesbury