It’s taken me about over 20 years to truly understand what it takes to accomplish a lofty goal. These things are perseverance, endurance and determination and you have to have all three of them…
For the past six months I’ve been studying people who achieve great feats in the hope of determining what makes these people stick with something and achieve their goal to succeed! The reason I’ve been doing this is partly in my own personal battle against obesity. I want to get into the minds of these people, understand where there mental stamina comes from, what sort of mindset do they have? I figure that losing a large amount of weight is possibly on a par with the achievements of endurance athletes, explorers, entrepreneurs, those that rehabilitate themselves from serious illness, those who overcome disability.
Recently, through a friend at work I came to talk to a gentleman called ‘Ray Matthews’. Shauna explained about this incredible, humble gentleman who was going to try and raise £75,000 for the children at Newman School in Rotherham who desperately need a soft playground so they can play safely with their varying physical disabilities. I thought this admirable but when she then told me….. “He’s going to run 75 Marathons in 75 Days and he’s 75 years old…a new world record” I thought she was having a laugh. Could this even be possible? EVER?
And then I spoke to Ray on the phone and he started to tell me his story. Immediately I went and bought his two books, the KINDLE editions so I could read about how someone gets to achieve great feats on endurance (and believe me he has..). I volunteered to help out a little by doing some updates on social media and just passing the word around because I figured that PEOPLE NEED TO KNOW ABOUT THIS and of course I wanted to see him raise that money for the school.
BTW the fundraising page is at www.donateplayground.uk if you wanted to throw a few pounds his way for the school.
And I’m asking a big favour from all of you. We need to let people know about this, let the press know and the newspapers, let everyone know that there are great world record breaking athletes out there doing these amazing things in a selfless way…
Think about it for a moment, 75 Marathons in 75 Days and he’s 75 Years Old.
And then I met Ray
And he’s lovely, he’s humble, he’s inspiring and he tells a great story.
REMEMBER THIS NAME #raymatthews
HIS WEBSITE IS www.rwrr.co.uk
PLEASE SHARE! LET EVERYONE KNOW!
Thank you so much
What a great story! I am re-blogging it on my site to help get the word out.
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This is a fantastic story! I’m looking forward to following this gentleman and his journey! I cannot even imagine trying what he is striving for!