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5 Jan 2022 Community

David Whiteley’s 2022km in 2022 and how you can get involved in our other challenges

As 2022 begins The Kirkwood are on the lookout for adventurous, courageous, and determined supporters to take on one of their challenge events! From marathons to skydives – there’s a challenge out there for everyone.

One such supporter who has accepted an extraordinary challenge this year is David Whiteley.

David, 30, from Cowlersley, is looking to run 2022 km during this year. That equates to a whopping 1,256 miles. David is taking on this challenge across a number of events which will be held in 2022.

David's first major test will come on the 3rd of April when he takes on the Manchester Marathon. A ‘quick run’ up the Yorkshire Three Peaks on the 11th June will follow. He'll take on the Heights Ultra Trail in September and hopefully run the London marathon in October too – rounding out a series of high profile challenges. David also has other races and runs in the pipeline to make sure he hits his target.

On his epic challenge, David said: "Like most people in lockdown there was nothing to do. I wasn't living a healthy lifestyle and I thought I would start running again. I used to run when I was younger but I stopped, but now I've got back into it again. Six months later I had run a marathon and done 600 miles all told.

"I then joined a running club and by coincidence, Joanna (Doherty The Kirkwood Community Fundraiser) had contacted the club looking for runners to take part in their Virtual London Marathon. I thought ‘why not’ and signed up for it. I had an absolute blast taking partand raising money for such a terrific cause.

"The Kirkwood is so vital in our community with the work they do. That's why I thought to myself about taking on this challenge. I know it will be tough, but I am determined to do it and raise as much as possible in the process.

"My initial target is to raise £5,000. I think if we can raise £5,000 it will be a great amount of money – but I'd love to beat it and raise even more."

If you’ve been inspired by David's undeniably mammoth challenge, The Kirkwood are giving you the opportunity to get involved with some of our challenges this year. Whether you’re a keen runner, cyclist or want to face your fears and get your adrenaline pumping, we’ve got just the challenge for you.


The Kirkwood is once again looking for adventurous individuals to take to the skies! You will jump from 15,000ft attached to a professional instructor and freefall at speeds of up to 120mph. No previous experience is necessary as all training will be given. So what are you waiting for? Don't hesitate. Take a deep breath, make the leap and sign up today.


Get off the beaten track this summer and take on the most beautiful landscapes and scenery mother nature has to offer – all without leaving God’s own county!

You will be walking, scaling, and sometimes scrambling up the three peaks of Pen-Y-Ghent (694m), Whernside (736m) and Ingleborough (723m). So why not dust off those walking boots, grab the GPS and map and take on this adventure to help The Kirkwood Support Life.


Get the whole family together and take on our family-friendly Yorkshire One Peak challenge in July 2022.

Take to the Yorkshire Dales and tackle the 10.24km challenge as youscale the Pen-Y-Ghent peak with an experienced Mountain Leader and create some lasting memories.


Cycle from capital to capital just in time to witness the thrilling finale of the Tour de France and support The Kirkwood at the same time.

Setting out on Wednesday 20th July and reaching your final destination on Sunday 24th July, you'll be pedalling between two iconic capital cities and creating great memories along the way.


The Kirkwood are always appreciative of anyone taking on any challenge and we want to see more people than ever take that next courageous step and help us Support Life. The funds you raise could help change someone's life.

So don't delay, sign up today at: thekirkwood.org.uk/challenges

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