This was a list Nigel drew up of things he wanted to do before he turned 50 in December 2012. The challenges included: write a book, take part in a half marathon, ride a jet ski, travel a quarter of a mile at 160mph, teach someone to balance on two wheels in a wheelchair, indoor sky dive and be a member of the audience on Top Gear.
Nigel who suffers from Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease wanted to do the challenges to show his daughter Ellie, who has the same medical condition, that a disability should not stop you doing what you want to achieve. Two of the 50 were also to hold a photographic exhibition and to scuba dive.
These have become a focal point in 2014. Nigel is staging a photograph exhibition at The Castle in Wellingborough until January 31. This is of work he did when he was a freelance photographer working at Santa Pod Raceway near Wellingborough. These are from drag races he covered between 2007 and 2012.
The scuba diving has become a new learning experience for Nigel and his 16-year-old son Matthew. Although it was ticked off Nigel’s list he is now taking the examinations to become qualified scuba diver.
Nigel, 51, said: “When I did this challenge it was one which appealed to me the most. “It was a wonderful experience when I dived down 9 metres. “It was great to have so much freedom and I felt really comfortable in the water. “We are both now taking the examinations and have dived 18m in open water.
“The good thing about this is we can do it together. “I am looking forward to the weather warming up so we can get back in the water.”
If you want to find out more about Nigel Holland and his 50 list challenge visit www.the50list.co.uk and he is also undertaking another new challenge this year: Track to Track!
Dive Rutland wishes him continued successfully challenges!