Around 20 years ago after doing all sorts of physical challenges I entered the world of Extreme Ironing, my first outing being a 24 hour non-stop solo mountain bike event carrying a full sized ironing board and steam travel iron throughout.
Since then my ironing board and I have competed in numerous challenges including Brecon Ultra Marathon, the World Bog Snorkelling Championships and the infamous Marathon des Sables to name but a few.
The last few years hasn’t seen much Extreme Ironing action but I didn’t feel ready to retire my ironing board just yet, the seed of an idea coincided with someone close to me being affected by pancreatic cancer.
And so on the 2nd October I shall take to the start line of the TCS London Marathon, not with my ironing board strapped to my back as usual, looking to just get a finish line photo of me pretending to iron, but instead I’m looking to take Extreme Ironing to new levels of stupidity by attempting to literally pretend to iron throughout the entire 26.2 mile course.
And now the serious bit, pancreatic cancer has the highest mortality rate of all the major cancers, in the vast majority of cases symptoms don’t show until the cancer is well developed and so awareness and imporvements in early diagnosis are crucial. Pancreatic Cancer UK are working tirelessly toward improving this situation but deperately need support, whatever you can afford to give will be very much appreciated and go towards saving lives.