A COURT usher has been inspired by his magistrate colleague to take on EIGHT gruelling fitness challenges - including an open water swim - in aid of Macmillan.
Sixty-one-year-old Clive Starkey, who works at Solihull Magistrates Court, will be taking part in an event a month to boost funds for the cause.
During his eight month stint, the Solihull resident will cover around 530 miles, including a 300 mile bike ride from London to Paris.
While fitness fanatic Clive, who trains at the gym five days a week, is looking forward to the challenge, he told us he hopes it will not be a case of history repeating itself.
“My eldest daughter Jeannette was once interviewed by the Solihull News before she went to Alaska with Raleigh International.
“But she ended up tripping over a slab just before she was due to go and broke a bone in her foot.
“Hopefully that won’t happen to me!”
Clive has been inspired to take on the challenge following his colleague Joyce Rothschild’s own charity success.
Joyce, aged 57, has raised around £80,000 for Macmillan after inventing her own annual quiz.
“I got to the point where I was just going through the motions at the gym - I needed a challenge,” Clive said.
“Joyce has genuinely been an inspiration to me. Anyone who has not been touched by cancer is very lucky.”
Joyce was diagnosed with cancer in 1996 and decided to raise money to fund a piece of equipment for the Queen Elizabeth Hospital. As a distraction from her treatment, she devised her own quiz and sent it to family and friends, asking for a donation to take part.
Sixteen years later, ‘Joyce’s Quiz’ is still running and now raises funds for Macmillan.
“Clive says I am in inspiration to him but he is an inspiration to me,” she said.
“I am inspired by anyone who actually gets off their bum and does something for a worthy cause.”
From March to October, Clive will be taking part in three bike rides, the Dorridge Fun Run, two walks, a cross country run and the Birmingham Half Marathon.
To donate, go to www.justgiving.com/clive-starkey