FOR many people approaching 40 it is a time to pause, reflect and draw up a few new goals.
But Bury St Edmunds firefighter Paul Turner is amping up the pace after setting himself 40 challenges to celebrate his fourth decade.
Each of the tasks, which are a mix of the offbeat, demanding and personal, involve the number 40 with the aim of raising money for St Nicholas Hospice Care.
Mr Turner, of Cardinal Close, said: “I have tried to take myself out of my comfort zone for the last couple of years by doing something that will challenge me.
“As this is the big year, and I’m not much of a party person, I thought I would challenge myself 40 times.”
He turns 40 in August and hopes to complete the mammoth campaign by the end of the year.
Already Mr Turner has managed to fulfil one of his major targets to swim 40 lengths butterfly.
He said: “Buttlerfly is my worst stroke because it requires a huge amount of stamina and technique. Before taking this up I used to struggle to do two lengths.
“Thanks to the West Suffolk Masters swim coaches I trained hard and managed to complete it.”
His other goals include to:
n Row 40km over four days
n 40 press ups in 40 seconds
n Enter 40 competitions
n Do 40 good deeds
n Save 40 shots from his son’s football team
n Spend 40 hours at the allotment
n Draw and paint 40 pictures
n Pick up 40 pieces of litter per week for the whole year
n 40 holes of golf in a day
n Arm wrestle 40 people
n Take 40 photos of Bury from above
n Get 40 people to watch the film The Age of Stupid
n Describe his life in 40 words
n Climb the 13.5-metre ladder at work 40 times
n Write to 40 armed forces personnel serving overseas
n Find a photo of every year of his life
Mr Turner added: “I sometimes wonder what I’ve let myself in for when I realise how many challenges I have left to do.
“It would really motivate me if I was able to raise some money for St Nicholas Hospice Care.”
To donate to his cause visit www.justgiving.com/Paul-Turner1