“This is 100% the biggest fitness challenge I’ve ever set myself.”
Ben Morris completed a similar challenge in 2018, in which he worked for Deliveroo for one week, working around three hours per day. This time round he’s decided to up the challenge and work 24 hours non-stop. Preparing for his adventure Ben gathered the snacks, equipment, and battery packs ready to see just how much he can earn in 24 hours.
His first order came 20 minutes into the challenge, cycling around three miles. The following orders seemed quick, with shorter routes and beautiful views through central London.
Around two hours in Ben started to feel the effects of cycling for that long. With pain in his knees and legs he powers through delivering food to customers and earning cash through both Deliveroo and Uber Eats. “I think I’m only starting to realise what I’ve actually got myself into, this is not a joke,” he says, around 24km of cycling in.
At the four hour mark Ben starts to doubt whether he can complete this challenge. However, he explains how London is “completely empty” due to lockdown, making it easier to cycle on the roads and complete the challenge faster.
On the way Ben came across numerous obstacles. One being restaurants having closed before he could pick up the order, and deliveries being cancelled but this definitely didn’t stop his good spirit and he kept pushing to reach that 24 hour mark.
As the night went on, Ben took a rest between 4am and 6am, ready to take more orders from central London when restaurants began to open again for the new day. Cycling back across the river for what felt like the hundredth time, Ben included cinematic shots of London at sunrise.
“My legs are becoming numb. They’re not even that painful, they were way worse eight hours in. I am exhausted though,” Ben says, pushing himself to complete the last few deliveries of the 24 hour challenge. The next few orders seemed to be very close together and easier to cycle.
A couple of steep hills, painful legs, and fifteen minutes between orders, Ben only had two hours left to complete the challenge. “I have so much respect for people that do Deliveroo or Uber Eats. This is such a tiring job” he says, on the final stretch on the journey.
Cycling faster in the last hour than he had cycled before in the challenge Ben finished the 24 hour challenge back at his brother’s flat. “I think that was actually the hardest thing I have ever done in my whole life” Ben says, feeling accomplished with his achievement.
So how much money did Ben actually make during this challenge? In total, he made £163.87, racking up an hourly rate of around £6.80. He recommends working for Deliveroo if you enjoy cycling, but doesn’t believe the money is worth it due to the pain he endured.
We look forward to seeing what challenge Ben can complete next!
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