JON Maiden really loves his mum’s homecooked dinners.
So it’s not that unusual the Sheffield lad decided to cycle to her house for tea.
What makes it a bit stranger is that his mum lives 150 miles away, in Wales.
“My mum really does make the best lasagne in the world so it was worth every bite,” laughed Jon, who lives in Millhouses.
The big-hearted 30-year-old’s two-day trek to Hay-on-Wye in Powys was all in the name of charity. And this latest challenge was just the tip of the iceberg. Jon has set himself the overwhelming task of completing 10 physically and mentally demanding endurance challenges in 2013, in an effort to raise more than £2,000 to fight cancer.
“It was tougher than I thought it was going to be,” Jon said of his 150-mile cycling challenge, which took him across the Peak District.
“I’m not a cyclist and my legs were far from prepared.
“Carrying the weight of my camping gear soon made it feel like I was dragging a house up each hill, and spending a night shivering in a minus five degree tent was one of the most unpleasant experiences of my life.”
The weekend before, Jon ticked another challenge off his list when he climbed to the height of Mount Everest in Yorkshire’s tallest building - Bridgewater Place in Leeds.
Jon said: “It took just over 24 hours and involved climbing 2,500 storeys and 41,000 stairs. It was gruelling.”
Others tasks still to come this year include a three-day Ironman event, in which Jon will cycle 112 miles, swim 2.4 miles and run 26.2 miles.
Then there’s a 130-mile hike from Galway to Dublin, a 120-mile kayak from Inverness to the Isle of Mull, and the Welsh 3000s challenge of 15 mountains in 24 hours.
He will also pay tribute to Team GB by recreating 10 highlights from London 2012, including Mo Farah’s 10k, Sir Chris Hoy’s velodrome heroics - and every event in Jessica Ennis’ heptathlon.
Jon, who founded Sheffield careers education company Big Green Fox, added: “My inspiration for my ‘10 Challenges 4 Cancer’ endeavour comes from a good friend of mine who lost his mum to cancer two years ago.
“All the money I raise this year will go to the Association for International Cancer Research which aims to improve the prevention, detection and treatment of cancer.
“It’s going to be a tough year, but I’m an adrenaline junkie and I love pushing myself, especially when it’s for such a good cause.”
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