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Challenges by Danik

This section of 'Voyager avec Danik' is dedicated to some of the crazy stuff I have done on my travels. Usually involving fitness, I have done a cycle ride to Amsterdam from my home town of Stevenage, ran over thirty marathons around the world (including two half-championships at half marathon distance), came first in a Parkrun in freezing cold conditions in Canada, hiked some of the most beautiful spots around the world with a heck of a lot more to do and a few pub crawls, like walking the length of the UK's longest road (A1) from London to Edinburgh ticking off pubs. Also currently doing the Via Francigena but stuck at Calais in France on this one. (Just waiting for my kids to get older so I can spend more time walking to the Vatican city!).

Click on the links below and they will take you to my blog posts on my crazy adventures.

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Hiking

2011 - Zakopane, Poland - HERE.

2016 - Zermatt, Switzerland - HERE

2016 - Lower Tatra Mountains - Slovakia - HERE.

2017 - Great Wall of China - HERE.

2019 - Pre-Via Francigena walk from Stevenage to Canterbury, UK - HERE.

2019 - Stage 01 of Via Francigena - Canterbury to Dover, UK - HERE.

2021 - Stevenage Orbital Outer Path (Herts, UK) - HERE.

2021 & 2022 - Hiking Britain's oldest road - The Icknield Way - HERE.

2024 - A1 pub crawl part one - London to Peterborough, UK - HERE.

Cycling

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2015 - De Klompenrit - ride from Stevenage (UK) to Amsterdam (NL) - HERE

Running

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Marathons - 26.2 miles /42km

Brighton (UK) - April 2013 - 03-53-30

Halstead (UK) - May 2013 - 03-40-32

FVS Challenge (Stevenage, UK) - July 2013 - 04-12-00

Kent Coastal (Margate, UK) - September 2013 - 03-34-27

Jungfrau (Interlaken, Switzerland) - September 2013 - 04-54-12 - mountain

Brighton (UK) - April 2014 - 03-40-19

Milton Keynes (UK) - May 2014 - 04-00-16

Halstead (UK) - May 2014 - 03-48-16

Riga (Latvia) - May 2014 - 03-58-27

Kent Roadrunners (Gravesend, UK) - May 2014 - 04-08-58

FVS Challenge 50km (Stevenage, UK) - July 2014 - 06-31-59

Thames meander (Kingston, UK) - August 2014 - 03-54-21

Stevenage (UK) - November 2014 - 03-41-54

Malaga (Spain) - December 2014 - 03-32-21

Gran Canaria (Spain) - January 2015 - 03-47-48

Paris (France) - April 2015 - 03-20-26

St George's Day (Deal, UK) - April 2015 - 03-25-48

Riga (Latvia) - May 2015 - 03-16-22 - PERSONAL BEST

FVS Challenge (Stevenage, UK) - July 2015 - 04-54-22

Berlin (Germany) - September 2015 - 03-39-55

Martello (Folkestone, UK) - November 2015 - 03-37-05

Hong Kong (China) - January 2016 - 03-44-17

London (UK) - April 2016 - 03-53-22

Riga (Latvia) - May 2016 - 03-50-22

Zermatt (Switzerland) - July 2016 - 07-20-49 (28 miles - mountain)

Samphire Hoe (Kent, UK) - 50km - July 2016 - 12-00-00

Samphire Hoe (Kent, UK) - December 2016 - 04-50-00

Riga (Latvia) - May 2017 - 05-33-33

Kona (Hawaii, USA) - June 2018 - 05-02-37

Paris (France) - April 2019 - 03-52-06

FVS Challenge (Stevenage, UK) - July 2019 - 04-56-00

FVS Challenge (Stevenage, UK) - July 2021 - 06-58-54

20 Miles / 32km events

Lydd (UK) - March 2016 - 02-55-33

Lydd (UK) - March 2018 - 02-52-02

Milton Keynes (UK) - March 2019 - 02-46-25 - PERSONAL BEST

Half marathons - 13.1 miles (21km)

Milton Keynes (UK) - March 2013 - 01-41-02

Hitchin (UK) - June 2013 - 01-41-28

Kimbolton Castle (UK) - August 2013 - 01-36-47

Stevenage (UK) - November 2013 - 01-41-26

St neots (UK) - November 2013 - 01-32-48

Ashwell (UK) - November 2013 - 01-34-40

Baldock (UK) - February 2014 - 01-42-30

Reading (UK) - March 2014 - 01-33-07

Colchester (UK) - March 2014 - 01-35-42

Hitchin (UK) - June 2014 - 01-45-02

Baldock (UK) - February 2015 - 01-35-07

Lydd (UK) - March 2015 - 01-31-56 - PERSONAL BEST

Welwyn Garden City (UK) - March 2015 - 01-33-59

Canterbury (UK) - August 2015 - 01-39-22

Baldock (UK) - February 2016 - 01-40-40

Berkhampsted (UK) - March 2016 - 01-37-10

Cardiff (UK) - March 2016 - 01-40-25 - WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS

Standalone (Letchworth GC, UK) - May 2016 - 01-50-04

Luton (UK) - Octover 2016 - 01-54-16

Tunbridge Wells (UK) - March 2017 - 01-56-06

Surrey Half (Woking UK) - March 2017 - 01-50-09

Stevenage (UK) - November 2017 - 01-58-18

Hertfordshire (Knebworth House, UK) - November 2017 - 01-55-42

Watford (UK) - February 2018 - 01-57-15

Baldock (UK) - February 2018 - 01-52-48

Tunbridge Wells (UK) - February 2018 - 01-42-10

Deal (UK) - February 2018 - 01-48-10

Valencia (Spain) - March 2018 - 01-40-56 - WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS

Great Eastern (Peterborough, UK) - October 2018 - 01-59-37

Baldock (UK) - February 2019 - 01-45-04

Gravesend (UK) - August 2019 - 01-49-30 - 3rd place

Stevenage (UK) - November 2019 - 01-52-34 - with buggy

Thorpe & Egham (UK) - February 2020 - 01-39-38

Victoria Park (UK) - February 2020 - 01-42-25

Samphire Hoe (Kent, UK) - September 2020 - 02-05-57 - 1st place

10 mile (16km) - personal best at Sandy (UK) - May 2014 - 01-12-12

10km (6.2miles) - personal best at Harlow (UK) - June 2015 - 42-45

5km (3.1 miles) - personal best at Stevenage (UK) - 2015 - 19-28

Parkruns - (as off March 2024) - 227 completed.

 

PB at Malahide Castle, Ireland - 2015 - 19-25.

1st place finish in Trout Pond, Taber, Alberta, Canada - March 2019 - 21-32 (in -20 cold temperatures).

Parkruns completed in Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Poland, USA

 

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