Max Glover loves a challenge—the weirder the better. He also likes to use these weird challenges to raise money for a good cause.
“You could say challenging myself in various different ways is a passion for me, but recently I have decided that I should use my passion and strength for good, so I have done a couple of challenges this year to raise money for charity,” Glover, 32, told Runner’s World.
That’s why his latest challenge—doing a marathon while pulling a BMW 525d that weighs nearly 4,000 pounds—didn’t seem like a terrible choice. For this particular endeavor, he was inspired by his friend Julie Parker, who recently had a double lung transplant at Harefield Hospital in London, and decided to raise money for the hospital.
A former Royal Marine who is used to pushing his body to the limit has summited a mountain in south Wales with a 28-stone piano on his back for charity.
Max Glover, from Penarth, took on Garth Mountain to raise money for the Royal Brompton and Harefield Hospitals Charity, which helped his friend recover from a double lung transplant operation.
The 33-year-old is no newcomer to a physical challenge, with previous feats including pulling a 1.7 tonne car 26.2 miles.
But this time he was challenged with carrying a piano two miles to the top of the 1,000ft mountain.
The mountain can be seen from Cardiff and from parts of Rhondda Cynon Taf. On clear days it can even be seen from as far as Weston-super-Mare across the Bristol Channel.
Speaking about the challenge, Max said that whilst he found it physically tough, he was able to find inspiration from his friend, Julie.
"I did it to raise money for the charity because when they helped Julie they were brilliant with her," he explained.
Julie was great during the whole thing, she was amazing and she was inspiring because she just never gave up. She never complained and always had a smile on her face.
He added: "They rely heavily on donations and that is why I wanted to do it for them."
Max was helped by a small team on the day, including Julie Parker who was using it as a challenge for herself following her major operation last year.
A Penarth athlete and strong-man has completed 100km around Cardiff Bay while carrying 100kg to raise money for Royal Brompton & Harefield Hospitals Charity.
Max Glover took on the challenge wearing a rucksack full of dumbbells, weighing 102% of his bodyweight.
He completed his fundraiser yesterday and after nine days of walking has raised almost £900.
“It’s part of the charity’s Hearts vs Lungs Challenge, where you pick a team and race to see which can raise the most money and complete the longest distance,” Max told Nub News.
“I took part as Team Lungs, and it all helps motivate us to raise money.
“This is the second year I’ve raised money for this charity. Two years and two days ago, my friend had a double lung transplant there.
“Her quality of life improved so much after the procedure, and there's not really anywhere else in the country that can do these sorts of things.
“I do these kind of challenges for fun, so I wanted to raise money for the charity that helped my friend.
“Plus after Covid these charities have lost out on so much fundraising,” he said.
Max, a former Royal Marine, completed the challenge walking along the Cardiff Bay barrage, Mermaid Quay and up Penarth Hill.
“Random people were shouting encouragement or stopped me to ask what I was doing and donate,” said Max.
“My watch broke at the start, so I knew the barrage was 1km as a fallback to keep tracking my distance.”
Max gained national attention last year, when he scaled Garth mountain with a piano strapped to his back.
He completed this most recent challenge just two months after rupturing both his Achilles tendons.
“I’m usually quite last-minute, something will pop into my head and I’ll go ‘right let’s do it!’,” said Max.
“I decided to do this challenge a week before. “For the first time I actually don’t have an idea about what to do next.
“I think I’m going to catch up on some work as I’m writing a couple of books, rest, and carry on with gentle training.”