Pedal Power  

Earlier this year Maybo trainer, Simon Whitehorn took part in the Help for Heroes flagship fundraising  event – the Big Battlefield Bike Ride (BBBR).  Having previously completed in 2010 the Security manager at Brighton & Sussex University Hospitals NHS Trust signed up for a second time.

Now in its sixth year, the event took 300 cyclists, including 30 wounded serving or ex service personnel from Paris to London via significant battlefield sites in Northern France.  Simon described the 440 mile ride over 6 days as being “extremely challenging” and meeting and riding with the wounded from UK, Canada and USA, some of whom are double or triple amputees, as “hugely inspirational.”

Simon, whose medical discharge from the forces “with everything still attached that was attached when he joined” is part of his reason for supporting Help for Heroes. He has written a blog about his preparation and the ride.

 Simon’s efforts have contributed almost £4,000 of the £750,000 already raised by this year’s ride but there is still time to boost this total via his online donation page.

For more information about Help for Heroes, click here and if you feel inspired, visit the ‘Get Involved” section and register an interest in next year’s ride.

 

 Iron Awe

Wiltshire’s very own Iron Man, Des Green is currently training twelve hours a week in preparation for his next challenge to raise funds for Action Medical Research for Children.  Just a few weeks ago the head of his own specialist security consultancy (Des Green Security) completed a Half Ironman in a little over five hours. On 17th July he takes off on a 360 mile, four day London to Paris bike ride following the D Day route.

Truly bitten by the fundraising challenge bug, Des belongs to a cycling and triathlon club and is already focused on his next challenge after London to Paris – another Ironman in the hilly and challenging terrain of Tenby, Wales in which he hopes to shave one hour of his time last year and complete in 12 hours.

To find out more about Des’ activities and Action Medical Research click here.

 

Peak Performance

Ian Rutherford, Head of Maybo Centre Rutherford Training, made a pledge to complete four major challenges in one year to raise awareness of the neurological movement disorder, Dystonia. Ian has a very personal reason for his involvement as his eight year old daughter has the condition, but at times the challenges have pushed him to his physical limits.

Although the locations sound glamorous - Barbados, Peru, Tanzania and Nepal, the environments create uncomfortable and difficult conditions.

Ian has already completed a trek around Barbados in soaring temperatures which he used as preparation for his recent trek up Matchu Piccho in Peru. Additional training for this climb at altitude included 10 mile runs with a 40lb backpack around local undulating coastal paths in Cornwall.

A climb of Kilamanjaro in October, followed by Everest in February 2014 will complete Ian’s ‘big four’.   

To date Ian’s efforts have raised £4,000 and although he says the last 400 feet up Matchu Piccho were perhaps the hardest steps he has taken, it really is worth doing a little bit more to help raise awareness and increase support for those with Dystonia.

Find out more, donate or get involved here.