Taking on Hadrian’s Wall: running 69 miles in 2 days.

April 19, 2013


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LWFitness4All team runs over 500 race miles for charity!

I’ve been training and running with a dedicated team from LWFitness4All gym and fitness centre in Colchester.  We are in training for an Ultra marathon on 22nd-23rd June 2013. Our team of four – Andy Drake, Louise Davis, Michelle Calver and I – will be running the length of Hadrian’s Wall over the space of two days, which is 69 miles. As part of the training, we’ll be taking part in either the London or Milton Keynes marathon, which will be the longest training run in preparation for the Ultra Marathon.  Between us, we are aiming to raise nearly £3000 for our chosen charities:  Multiple Sclerosis UK, Parachute Regiment Charity and MacMillen Cancer Support.

AndyAndy Drake:

Andy has been training with us since March 2012.  In January 2012, his weight peaked at 24 stone 7lb, and he decided that he needed to do something about it.

Having met Lee Watts (owner and trainer at LWFitness4All) and Heidi Holman (instructor), he decided that personal training would give him the motivation to keep going – as well as signing up for some long distance challenges! Andy has lost 8st now and is well on his way to achieving his goals, as well as raising money for a very deserving Charity: MS-UK.  Andy’s races this year include: Great Bentley Half Marathon, Colchester Half Marathon, London Marathon, Milton Keynes Marathon, Southend Half Marathon, Hadrian’s Wall Ultra Marathon

That’s 160 race miles before the end of June!

To sponsor Andy, click here:  http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/AndyDrake

LouiseLouise Davis:

This year Louise is training to do all three Para’s10 races – the Para’s10 organisers call this the Treble of Pain as it is such a hardcore series.  She’s also signed up for the Colchester half marathon, Milton Keynes full marathon, The Wall 69 miles ultra run along Hadrian’s wall from Carslile to Newcastle, and the 3 Peaks Challenge.  That’s a combined race mileage of over 140 miles!

In case you haven’t come across the Para’s10 races, here’s a description:  ”The Parachute Regiment challenges you to attempt the 10 Mile ‘P’ Company Cross Country Route, carrying a bergen (rucksack) weighing 35lb (excluding food water) and wearing long trousers with ‘military style’ boots.”

Louise says “I am doing all theses events for the Parachute Regiment Charity.  My husband has been in the Parachute Regiment for approx 21 years now.  The Parachute Regiment Charity supports serving and retired members of the Parachute Regiment and Airborne Forces, and assists the wounded and the families of those who are killed in service.”

To sponsor Louise, click here:  www.justgiving.com/Louise-Davis3 

SpartanMichelle Calver and Venessa Moffat

Michelle and I are raising money for a fantastic charity who have amazing people providing personal support and expert information to cancer sufferers and their families: MacMillan Cancer Support.  MacMillan help people deal with situations they never wanted to deal with, and help them through the really tough times with unwavering, solid and dependable support.

Our races in the first half of this year include the Hadleigh 10k, which was around the Olympic mountain bike course, Colchester half marathon, Milton Keynes marathon and Hadrian’s Wall.

114 race miles each before the end of June.

To sponsor us, click here: http://www.justgiving.com/2ladiesandawall

Our group met at the local gym and together we all decided to take on the challenge of Hadrian’s Wall and have become good friends through spending many long evenings pounding the streets of Colchester.  The training is going well and the team are prepared for the ultra marathon challenge ahead, and would appreciate any support offered.

I’ll keep you updated every now and then with regard to the training – 69 miles is a long way….. gulp!

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About Venessa Moffat

Marketing, Strategy and Growth Hacking specialist, with 20 years' experience in the Data Centre industry. Driven by data and analytics, Venessa uses lean startup techniques and intelligent feedback loops to maximise the learning, adaptation and growth opportunity. Obsessed with growth, her approach is both creative, but also leverages in-depth technical knowledge and experience for maximum value creation and excellent customer experience.

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