This is the fundraising page of Ethan Hardwick
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Ethan’s Fundraising Story
“Not one to do things by halves”
Having been in the RAF for 12 years I have always had a good base level of fitness. However recently I have decided that I wanted to challenge myself more and unlike most people who opt for a half marathon or even a full marathon, I am not one to do things by halves I have decided to run the distance from Land’s End to John O’Groats a total of 874 miles in a 12-month period. Starting on 23rd November 2020 ending at the latest 22nd November 2021.
I am also Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) trained and an avid motorbike rider. This gave me the motivation to link my run with raising money for MH Motorbike.
I have been riding since 2015 and have ridden a variety of bikes. Currently I ride Royal Enfield Himalayan. My wife also rides a Himalayan and we are the founders of H² Adventures where we use social media to document our travels and adventures.
So what am I planning to do?
The Challenge has been set up by End to End Run (see route here)
It is a virtual event where you run or walk in your own time (this can be outside or on a treadmill) and then upload the miles as you go. The total distance is 874 miles which averages out at 16.8 miles a week.
To follow my journey, you will be able to follow this page where I will post updates, you are also able to view the map and you can search using my name to see an up-to date total. (follow my progress)
Me in 5 Questions...
What has been my biggest achievement so far?
My biggest achievement would have to be passing my motorbike test, although not inherently difficult. This relates more to what having a motorbike license has enabled me to do. I’ve been able to meet people from all walks of life I wouldn’t normally have met and made some great friends and it’s also taken me some amazing places.
What makes you angry?
Mushrooms!!! I mean why, just what is the point of them.
How would you describe yourself to a stranger?
An outgoing individual who is always up for a laugh with friends and is always up for a challenge. Love riding my motorbike or any motorbike for that matter. Also an avid explorer I am keen to meet new people and experience new cultures throughout the world.
What is you favourite food and drink?
Ooohhh this is a difficult one, I like most food and drink but if I had to pick just one….. I think I would have to go with Tapas with an Estrella (or maybe a red wine or maybe both). To top this off it’d have to be sitting in Plaza Mayor de Salamanca public Square just watching the world go by.
What is you ambition in life?
Hmmm now your asking, to see as much of what the world has to offer both the places itself as well as the people that are there. Being able to meet people from all walks of life and sharing your experiences is amazing.
Why mental health?
My journey into MH started when people close to me were diagnosed. This spurred me to research mental health and gain as much information as possible so if needed I would be able to assist/signpost people to help. This made me appreciate that Mental Health is just as important as Physical Health. Since then I have completed the MHFA qualification which opened my eyes to how people cope with their MH. Having done the course I then realised that my MH stress bucket relief was two things; riding my motorbike and running. By doing this challenge I am able to combine my two passions and promote mental health awareness.
Why Support Us?
The Mental Health Motorbike exists to create meaningful opportunities so that together we grow the wellbeing of the motorbike community. Our ultimate aim is to reduce the suicide rates amongst bikers in the UK.
Over the next 12-18 months we aim to train a bikers from across the UK in Mental Health First Aid and create the countries first free dedicated mental health support network for bikers of all ages, gender and backgrounds.
All money raised will go into a bursary fund to pay for those dealing with financial hardship wanting to go through the MHFA training and become part of the biker support network. We aim to remove barriers to providing access to the training.
Having the network in place will save lives by providing vital support those in crisis.