TURNING 40 was a milestone for Andrew Pollard.
It was then that the banker realised he wanted something more out of life.
So he is about to embark on a arduous challenge across the spring and summer – with the aim of giving something back.
Andrew, of Grantley Place, Bradley, is planning 10 challenges – on a bike, on foot and in the water.
They range from a 10-mile hike in North Yorkshire to a gruelling 215-mile bike ride across the width of Britain – and factoring in an open-water swim in Lake Windermere for good measure.
Andrew admits: “I contemplated a number of things when I hit 40 last month and one thing that struck me was my lack of giving back.
“I’d thrown the odd pound in for Comic Relief, as most people do, but that was nothing of note.
“I have always been an outdoor type so I thought it was a great time to improve my ‘giving back’ and also my overall fitness by coming up with a series of challenges.
“So 10in2k10 was born. In total I will be running 13 miles, walking 53 miles, cycling 500 miles and swimming one mile, not to mention all of the training.”
Andrew picked the West Yorkshire Forget Me Not Trust to benefit from his efforts.
Their Bradley offices are just a few hundred yards to his home and he often walks past the building where staff are planning a children’s hospice and respite care centre for Huddersfield.
The first challenge is on May 1 when Andrew tackles the Brighouse Boundary Walk.
It’s an 18-mile hike around the boundary of Brighouse.
Then it’s all systems go:
May – 40-mile Manchester to Huddersfield bike ride
June – Great North Walk, a 10-mile hike from Guisborough
July – 65-mile Manchester to Blackpool bike ride
July – 45-mile Manchester to Liverpool bike ride
July – Yorkshire’s Three Peaks, a 25-mile hike over Pen-y-ghent, Whernside and Ingleborough
August – Two-day 135-mile Coast to Coast bike ride
September – Great North Swim, swimming one mile in Lake Windermere
September – Great North Run, the famous 13.1mile run from Newcastle to South Shields
October – Coast to Coast 215-mile bike ride from Southport to Hornsea
“I’m training for all three disciplines, but particularly cycling and running.
“I’ve never swum in open water before and the thought of not having something to grab on to frightens me.
“My wife Lindsey and children Daniel, 11, and Emily, eight, are right behind me, as is my dad Eddie who is a keen cyclist.
“It’s a great local cause and I just hope I can rise to the challenge.”
To sponsor Andrew log on to: www.justgiving.com/10in2k10
He is also writing a regular blog, on his preparation, training and ultimately the events on www.10in2k10.wordpress.com