11 fresh warriors (and one of their friends roped in for good measure) have battled electric shocks, thick mud and freezing water to smash their target of £1,500 and raise over £2,000 for our nominated charity, Francis House Children’s Hospice, after taking part in the Total Warrior 10k challenge earlier this month.
Account Executive, Robyn Price, found the course particularly challenging: “It was amazing, disgusting, fun and horrific all rolled into one! My main aim was to help raise money for Francis House and also to get some added motivation to get fit (don’t be fooled, nothing can get you fit for doing Total Warrior). It was a great experience and I really enjoyed the day out. Would I do it again? Maybe, yeah, if someone paid me…”
It’s the first time members of the fresh team have tackled the epic 10k challenge, which tests strength, stamina, mental determination and teamwork through 25 gruelling obstacles.
Mandy Wong, Digital Designer, who also took part in the challenge, said: “I have never done anything like this before but for such a worthy cause, I decided to train, get fit and accept the challenge. Although the adrenaline kept me going, it did hurt for a few days afterwards! However, it was so much fun, I’d definitely do it again!”
The fresh team finished the course in just under two hours – 1hr 50mins – placing them 116th out of the 380 teams that took part and despite being exhausted and drenched, were still smiling at the end!
Head of Video Post Production, Gareth Crook is now raring to do it again “Probably the best mud run I’ve done, really well organised and the obstacles were brilliant. Woke up the next day wanting to do it all again!”
And they’re not the only ones at fresh battling obstacles to make a difference. Our chairman, Nick Porter will be cycling the streets of London right across to the romantic city of Paris between 18th and 22nd September to raise further funds to hit our £10k target for Francis House. He will be passing through picturesque Kent countryside, across the Channel and through the medieval market towns of Northern France, and the famous battlefields of the Somme and Agincourt, finally finishing at the Eiffel Tower. Phew!
Nick said, “Someone said to me, “How about you cycle all the way? Clearly I’d had a few beers, as this is exactly what I’ve signed up for! 300 miles in 3.5 days, hours in the saddle and some strenuous hill-climbs, this is the cycle challenge to end all cycle challenges!”
Our nominated charity Francis House, provides care for children and young adults with life limiting conditions, as well as offering support and friendship to the whole family. Receiving only a small proportion of funds centrally, the hospice relies on donations to make up the rest of the substantial running costs to provide the services families desperately need.