Newcastle Emlyn fitness trainer David Maund is setting his sights on completing two challenges this year that are very much out of his comfort zone.
He aims to take part in the Jurassic Coast 60-mile walk and the Pure Challenge Coastal Path walk of the same distance.
His first challenge in May will see him setting off with his rucksack and essential food and drink from Weymouth to Exmouth, a distance of 100k.
“I’ve never walked that far,” said father of three David.
“The furthest I’ve walked would be 10 to 15 miles, so a 60-mile walk is quite a challenge and I plan to complete this in 24 hours.
“I will be training quite a bit for it and will be taking plenty of walks along the coastal path, up the Preseli Mountains and walking on different terrains.”
The second challenge, due to take place in July, will see David walk from Cardigan to Ynys Las along the Ceredigion coastal path – again a distance of 60 miles.
He plans to complete the challenges to raise money for the Breast Cancer Unit in Llanelli and for three swimming pools where he hosts his hydrospin sessions in Newcastle Emlyn, Narberth and Aberaeron.
Since January, David has taken part in two very different events.
The first was the Tough Guy challenge, which was celebrating its 30th anniversary.
“That was a 15k course with mud, water and cold weather,” said David.
“A lot get pulled out of the event suffering from hypothermia and a few have died.
“But I finished it in around the four hour mark and in one piece.”
His most recent ordeal was the Nuts Challenge, which is based on the number of laps a competitor can complete.
“I took the safe option and completed two lap,” said David, who will soon take part in the Inflatable 5k at Chepstow Race Course.
“It was a shorter course with 100 obstacles over 7k.
“It was intense and we were in and out of water, but I’d do it again and I’m aiming at completing four laps next year.”
David knows the upcoming tests will test him to his limits.
“I’m looking forward to the challenges as they will be a bit different,” he said.
“I did the 24-hour spinathon last year and that was intense, but these events will be pure endurance and I’ll be completely and totally out of my comfort zone, but I’m going to go for it.”