Scott is taking on an immense challenge for Target Ovarian Cancer – to run 10km every day, for 1,000 days. Here he talks about what motivated him to take on the challenge of his life.
At the end of 2016 I set myself the challenge of a lifetime: to run 10km every day for 1,000 days. I have been a keen runner for a while and have run marathons and ultra-marathons, but this time I wanted to do something different to anything I have ever attempted. I started on 1 December 2016, and I should complete my last 10K on 27 August 2019 (if all goes to plan!). During this time I will be running every day, no rest days for me! Most of my runs take place in the evening when I will run along the beautiful Durham heritage coastline with my head torch.
So far I have run 276 consecutive 10Ks.
Why am I running?
My mam was diagnosed with ovarian cancer last year. During the treatment she never complained once and was more concerned how all the family were coping. She showed amazing courage and strength throughout and was given the all clear late last year. I know nothing I do will compare to what my mam had to go through but I wanted to try and push myself as much as I could, and raise money for Target Ovarian Cancer.
When my mam received the all clear I decided that I wanted to raise money for Target Ovarian Cancer. They work across all aspects of ovarian cancer – supporting women, funding research and raising awareness so more women are diagnosed earlier. As well as raising money I also want to raise awareness of the symptoms of ovarian cancer, as I am sure there are many people who are completely unaware of what the symptoms are.
I have now smashed my £1,000 target. I just want to raise as much money and awareness as I can, so I'll keep going! I am trying to make as many people as I can aware of my challenge, I have recently been featured on a local radio website and I will be doing a collection at a local shopping centre with more planned at a later date.
What you can do
I would like people to look at my JustGiving page or the Target Ovarian Cancer website. Please think about donating – or just spend a few minutes making yourself aware of the symptoms. Knowing the symptoms could make a big difference and could give someone the best chance of survival.
Find out more
- Visit Scott’s JustGiving page and donate https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/Scott-Baker1000
- Feeling inspired? Take on a challenge of your own!
- Listen to an excerpt from Scott’s interview on Sun FM