When Dave “Relentless” Gething (the Hong Kong-based veterinarian who won the 2015 World Marathon Challenge, in which competitors must complete seven marathons in seven days on seven continents) told me about his holiday plans, that his next “fun” challenge in between Ironman races and other multi-mile exertions would be to cycle the circumference of Iceland in less than a week, I quickly put my hand up … to drive the support vehicle.
I didn’t have the legs, or the desire, to attempt such a feat on a push bike myself, and my wardrobe lacked the necessary Lycra. Providing the riders with a steady supply of sugary pastries and moral support at rest stops, I am obviously playing a minor role, but an important one, I like to think, if the team stands any chance of success.
Despite having ridden on for a few extra hours the previous day – benefiting from first-day excitement and having almost 24 hours of daylight – the 300km ride to tonight’s proposed finish line is no easy coast for the pedal spinners. Averaging about 25km an hour, every day will be as much a mental challenge as a physical one and, lulled by the vastness of the landscape, it’s also proving difficult to keep both my jet-lag-heavy eyes and the wind-buffeted camper van on the road.
Author: Mark Peters
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David Gething has competed in numerous marathons including the famed Boston Marathon, Ironman triathlons (up to world championship level), Ultraman and multi-day European bicycle stage-
races and has set two new world records after winning the World Marathon Challenge.
David’s passion for long distance running and overall fitness came after a life-changing moment less than a decade ago when he realized he was overweight, out of shape that it was time to get fit.
David Gething holds both Australian and UK citizenship, but has spent the longest stretch of his life in Asia. When when not training and racing, he enjoys spending time with his wife and two children, and working as head veterinarian at Creature Comforts Veterinary Housecall Practice.
As a keynote speaker, David Gething inspires his audience on the topics related to his World Marathon Challenge win such as motivating for change, dedication and self-belief, teamwork and even travelling and racing in North Korea.