Martyn Kennaugh – “You’ll never achieve what you never begin”

I think that I’m like most people – I have a busy job and a busy life with my wife and family. I am not a natural athlete, have to watch what I eat and some might say that I’m not too bright either to take on a challenge of this magnitude!

So you might be wondering why I would possibly want to do this – Why would I possibly want to get up at 5am each morning in order to train and by doing so, try and keep a balance between the demands of the Great Wight Attack and time with my family? I guess I have my reasons!

Firstly, when my Dad died, I felt an almost overwhelming need to make a difference. I have lost several friends to cancer but it’s only when you or someone close to you is affected, that you fully understand the pain and suffering that this terrible disease causes.

Secondly, When Dave and I thought up this crazy idea, I knew it was the right thing to do. Dave may be my polar opposite from an athletic point of view (for those who haven’t guessed it yet, he’s the fit one) but we share true friendship and he is one of the most selfless people I have ever met.

Thirdly, I knew that if I could complete a challenge of this magnitude, then almost anyone could – I might not consider myself to be special but I know that I’m stubborn…and that can take you a long way!