The List

In simple terms, this is an ever-growing list of things I’d like to experience before I die.

Life is short, and I want to charge through this list as I charge through life. A lot of people wait until retirement, then try to “catch up on life” when they’re well past their physical prime. I don’t want to be one of those people.

The list ranges from the usual suspects (travel the world, bungee jump etc.) to the unusual, like opening a cycling cafe, buying a very specific motorbike, or learning the accordion.

Want to join me in completing any of these?

I’d love your help.

Endurance Sport


βœ… Complete an Olympic Triathlon

βœ… Complete a Half Ironman

βœ… Complete an Ironman

Complete the Norseman πŸ‡³πŸ‡΄

Complete the Celtman 🏴󠁧󠁒󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿

Get into the British Triathlon Age Group squad

Place in the top 5% of my age group at an Ironman (this one is punchy…)


βœ… Complete a Marathon

Run all Six Major Marathons

  • βœ… London πŸ‡¬πŸ‡§
  • Boston πŸ‡ΊπŸ‡Έ
  • New York πŸ‡ΊπŸ‡Έ
  • Chicago πŸ‡ΊπŸ‡Έ
  • Tokyo πŸ‡―πŸ‡΅
  • Berlin πŸ‡©πŸ‡ͺ

Run the Pennine Way

Run Comrades Ultramarathon πŸ‡ΏπŸ‡¦

βœ… Win a Parkrun

βœ… Run 50k

Run 50mi

Run a 100km ultra

Run a 100mi Ultra

Arbitrary Running Goals

βœ… Run a sub-20 5k

βœ… Run a sub-40 10k

βœ… Run a sub-84 Half Marathon

Run a sub-3 Marathon


Everesting (8848m elevation climbed)

Join the Brotherhood of Ventoux

Win a Cat 2 crit race

Compete in a cross country cycling race

John O Groats to Lands End

Sport (Other)

Learn a martial art (leaning towards Taekwondo)

Touch my toes without bending my knees (currently woefully inflexible)

Exploring my Heritage

βœ… Own a kilt with the McAulay tartan

Walk the West Highland Way

Run the West Highland Way

Cycle the West Highland Way

Cycle the North Coast 500

Visit every island in Scotland

Learn basic, conversational Gaelic


Release my own original music

Get good enough to jam at Ronnie Scott’s

Learn the accordion

Learn the bagpipes

Learn the Guitar

Sing in front of 1,000 people

Form an immense Ceilidh Band


βœ… Visit Japan

Climb Fuji

Visit China

See the Northern Lights

Road trip across America

Cycle across Europe

Move to a country where I don’t speak the language and live there for 3+ months

Visit every continent

Learning New Skills

Learn to ride a motorbike

Acquire this motorbike

Become fluent in three languages (incl. English)

Learn to juggle five balls at once (for a minute, continuously)

Trying New Things

Perform a solo standup show

Bungee Jump



Open a cycling cafe


Help a friend complete 3 bucket list items