The success up Snowdon spurred Ed on to continue testing his body and it was pushed to the limit during training sessions in the gym and on the slopes of Welsh valleys and Cheddar Gorge. His next opportunity to achieve something truly phenomenal took him to Mount Buet in the Alps. In September 2018, Ed led the Restart Rugby Alpine Challenge with a group of ex professional players – an annual trek raising money for peers suffering from serious injury, illness or hardship. Together they scaled the 10,000 ft peak over 2 days in what turned out to be not just the toughest challenge Ed’s faced since the date of injury, but the hardest things he’s ever done.
Ed’s journey of recovery has become larger than just returning to health. By design, or just sheer grit, Ed has captured the imagination of able bodied and injured alike. What’s evident to those who have witnessed or experienced any of Ed’s efforts – be it following him up a mountain or listening to his story as he stands up in a corporate or sporting setting – is his ability to unite and inspire people; to bring positivity to those around him.
He’s now raised a significant amount of funds for the charities that helped him but, more significantly, he aims to be a part of something greater. Having first tackled millimetres that seemed like mountains, Ed wants to use his story to motivate those facing seemingly impossible challenges. Ed is now a keynote speaker and shares his story with hospitals, businesses, schools & Universities. Through adversity he has found a way to help others and, in that regard, he is only at the very beginning of his journey.