Regular TORQ followers should know who the incredible William Tan is? Well, this TORQ-Fuelled legend of a human being is attempting to complete 7 marathons on 7 continents in 7 days in a wheelchair!
Ok, so the wheelchair is pretty funky, but still, this is going to be one serious challenge. Will is not one to shy away from extreme events and maintains to this day that the Land’s End to John o’Groats effort he did with TORQ owner Matt Hart in 2019 was the hardest thing he had ever done. Will this be harder?
Will had polio when he was 2 years old, which committed him to a wheelchair for the rest of his life. In 2009, unbelievably he was diagnosed with stage 4 leukemia and this year he celebrates his 13th year of remission. Here’s what he has to say:
“Come 28th January 2023, powered by TORQ, I will embark on a wheelchair world record breaking attempt to complete 7 marathons across 7 continents in 7 days, with the hope to also raise funds to support Blood Cancer UK.
Before the Covid-19 pandemic in 2019, together with TORQ owner Matt Hart and partners, I hand cycled from Land’s End to John O’ Groats to raise funds for Blood Cancer UK.
I decided to go for a big challenge again because the Covid-19 pandemic opened my eyes to the great many needs of people with blood cancer. In 2009, I fought for my life against Stage 4 leukemia. The help I received supported me during my 6 months of chemotherapy followed by a major bone marrow transplant. I will reach my 13th year in remission and I am very grateful.
I wish that my second chance at life does not go to waste. Although I am 65 years old and still battling the effects of bone marrow transplant rejection, I will come to the start line of the 7 Continents Marathon Challenge, powered by TORQ’s nutrition undaunted to raise funds for a very worthy cause of Blood Cancer UK.”
The schedule for the 7 marathons across 7 continents in 7 days is as follows:
|Jan 28||Latest Arrival at Cape Town, South Africa|
|Jan 29||Race Director Briefing|
|Jan 30||Pre-Departure Briefings for Antarctica|
|Jan 31||Marathon in Antarctica|
|Feb 1||Marathon in Cape Town|
|Feb 2||Marathon in Perth|
|Feb 3||Marathon in Dubai|
|Feb 4||Marathon in Madrid|
|Feb 5||Marathon in Fortaleza|
|Feb 6||Marathon in Miami|
Will has set up a JustGiving page and we kindly ask if you could support him with a donation, however modest to support him in this incredible challenge and for such a worthy cause:
Wishing you the best of luck Will!