Kick at the Darkness Challenge

Sadly Jonathan has had to postpone his USA cycle ride due to further treatment. You can read his updated story on

UCARE Advocate Jonathan Acott has set himself an incredible list of challenges this year to raise money for our charity.

Jonathan has been living with cancer for over 12 years, through 4 diagnoses and four remissions.

He says

Cancer has been the one constant in my life, it has taken my brain and my body into the darkest places but thanks to medicine, friends, loved ones, a lot of faith, a sense of humour and an indomitable will I find myself here.

I am truly grateful and blessed to be alive today and to be as physically able as I am. The body and the mind are amazing things so to celebrate them both I am going to take on 5 challenges in 2017 to ‘Kick at the Darkness’; to hopefully inspire a little, to raise money for a wonderful charity and to show that ordinary people can do extra ordinary things.

First up is The Longhorn Marathon on 23rd April, this off road 26.2mile marathon is in Sherwood Forest and is a lovely way to start the year.

Second on the list is the Dragon Ride L’etape Wales on the 11th June. I’m doing the Grand Fondo, this is a 143mile bike ride in through and around South Wales.

Third for the year is the Race to the King on the 24th June, this is a one-day 53mile Ultra marathon along the South Downs finishing at Winchester Cathedral.

Fourth and a change of pace is the Thames marathon swim on the 6th August. This is a cheeky little 14km swim between Henley and Marlow.

Finally (and everything this year has been building to this) The Golden to Sunshine ride, this is a 3070 mile cross America bike ride. From San Diego to Florida in 24 days, this is a trip of a lifetime, averaging 128 miles a day every day self-supported. I’m doing this because I can, I’m doing this to give back and I’m doing this to raise a lot of money for a charity I care about.