10 Million Metres

Shiplake College is delighted to announce that Alex Flynn will be the guest speaker at this year's Speech Day. After being diagnosed with the degenerative disease Parkinson's in 2008, Alex set himself the challenge of covering ten million metres to raise money for research into Parkinson's, for which there is currently no cure.

Alex worked as a lawyer for numerous multinationals, but since receiving his  diagnosis, he has focussed on his 10MillionMetres challenge. Before the end of 2014, the challenge will take him more than 6,200 miles around the world, encompassing some of the world’s more interesting and dangerous races. Alex will be running, cycling, swimming, walking or, if necessary, crawling the distance with the aim of raising more than £1,000,000.  Highlights so far include the 2010 Marathon des Sables, running more than 135 miles across the Bavarian Alps and in 2011 traversing 1457 miles from London to Rome in 30 days, as well as marathons, Ironman and Olympic Triathlons. 

In 2012 Alex hopes to cross 3500+ miles of the USA in 24 days using five different disciplines, constantly fighting against the relentless progression of the disease on his own body.

We look forward to welcoming Alex to Shiplake and hearing his inspirational story.