52 miles in 52 countries in 52 weeks.

I have terminal brain cancer and am using that against itself to raise the most money ever for running a marathon, which is roughly £2,300,000+. I'm not going to stop until I achieve this, it might not happen this year, but in the following year, I'll have a bigger following, and it'll make achieving it the second and third attempt more achievable.

So I need to think of the future, and as soon as I've been successful in breaking my first 2 world records, I'll take on the charity world record of the most money ever raised by a person, which is £32,796,155 by Captain Sir Tom Moore

To break this world record, I'm going to run 52 miles (an exact double marathon), in each of the 52 countries and territories of Europe, in 52 weeks (1 year). 2704 miles in total.

After that, I'm going to take a very long break and repeat the same endeavour in all 50 states of the USA, with 2 weeks in Canada and Mexico to bring the number of locations up to 52

Achieving these two feats is going to require professional paid BBC-level documentary filmmakers, who'll need to travel with me in either 1 big van/tour bus or multiple smaller ones (which I'd 100% call the Endeavour, The Endurance, or The Beagle), Equipment and supplies, which would surely cost far more than I originally predicted.

The world record of £32,796,155 is an insanely large amount of money that needs investment. I hope you can see that any money you put towards this will be used to raise far more for cancer research in the long run (pun intended). Still, if nothing else, I will make it extremely entertaining, so you can think of it as health insurance for 1 in 2 of the population including yourself, and or a cinema ticket to the coolest travel documentary ever seen. 

The old phrase "You gotta spend money to make money" comes to mind. 

And then, after those warm-ups. IT'S THE BIG ONE, an idea I've had since I was a teenager staring at a map of the world. Circumnavigating the entire globe by manpower only. London-Australia swimming the channel, cycling to the Himalayas, running through them, kayaking through the islands of Indonesia, crossing Australia U-turn back from Sydney, up through China, across the Bering strait (hopefully WW3 doesn't get in the way) across to Alaska, down to Argentina, then the second U-turn back up though brazil, east coast of the US, and Canada into the arctic circle (hopefully the ice caps aren't all melted) then down Greenland, Iceland and possible ending with the most dangerous and difficult part of the journey. Crossing the Atlantic to touch Irish soil, and running across the nation to Dublin. Hug the Mothership, firmly shake my Da's hand. And have a well-earned pint of vitamin G in the local while I contemplate on what psycho task I am going to put myself through next.

If you can fill the unforgiving minute
With sixty seconds’ worth of distance run,
Yours is the Earth and everything that’s in it,
And—which is more—you’ll be a Man, my son!

-Rudyard Kipling

I am the master of my fate I am the captain of my soul.

-William Ernest Henley

I put the FUN in FUNdraising, the CAN in CANcer and the KING in marKetING

-Iain Liam Tiberius Ward


Iain Ward

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