Alumnus Christian tackles a challenge a month for 12 months

Alumnus Christian tackles a challenge a month for 12 months

Sports and Exercise Science alumnus, Christian Hesford, is someone who likes a challenge.

During 2021 he’s completing a challenge every month to raise funds for different charities. He’s already performed 2,021 press ups in a single day, climbed the height of Everest on his stairs and walked 100k steps in a day.

The full list of challenges is:

January: Veganuary & Dry January in aid of NHS charities together

February: 2021 press ups in a single day in British Heart Foundation to support National Heart Month

March: Climb the height of Everest (8,849 meters) – Cancer Research UK to support Prostate and Ovarian cancer month

April: Row the distance of the English Channel (35,000 meters) – MS Society UK to support MS awareness week (19 - 25 April)

May: 100k steps in a day – Mind to support Mental health awareness week (18 - 23 May)

June: Live off £10 for a whole week - Carers UK to support National Carers Week (8 - 13 June)

July: 3 Peaks Challenge – Dementia UK

August: Ice bath challenge – Shelter UK

September: 15,627 steps a day (minimum) to reflect the number of calls Samaritans get every single day (5,703,830 a year in 2016) – Samaritans to support World Suicide Prevention Day (10 September)

October: Run a marathon – Breast Cancer UK to support Breast Cancer Awareness Month

November: 100 Press ups and 100 pull ups every day for a month – Movember to support Men’s Health

December: 'The Murph' WOD: 1 mile run, 100 pull ups, 200 press ups and 300 squats, all with a 20lb weighted vest – National AIDS Trust to celebrate World AIDS Day (1 December)

Christian currently works as GP trainee at University College Hospitals in London. He admits it’s all a bit mad, but says it’s keeping him sane and helping do some good for a lot of great causes. At the end of the year all the money raised will be split equally between the twelve charities.

Maybe we can sign up Christian to take part in the University’s next challenge event?

You can read more about Christian’s mammoth efforts online.