In 2019 we decided to #ChallengeMyTeam and set a goal for everyone to undertake at least one ‘challenge’ to raise money for a charity of their choosing. It’s been amazing with many of the members of the team stepping out of their comfort zone for a good cause.
Here are just some of the things we are up to:
On Sunday 3rd February 2019, Gary, Rachel and Chris Homewood took part in the Cancer Research 10k Winter Run around the streets of London. However, just running would be too easy, so the team decided to run this as a Military Test March in boots and full military back-packs. Mission accomplished and despite sore legs and shoulders, £330 was raised.
In June 2018, Chris D was diagnosed with a brain tumour and required surgery to remove this. Now fully recovered he decided to give something back to the amazing team on the Neurosurgical Ward at Beaumont Hospital. He undertook an amazing challenge on 17th March, St Patricks day. (He is Irish.) He cycled Europe’s longest continuous road climb up Mount Teide in Tenerife, a ride that took him from sea level to the top of the active volcano at 7,200 ft. Even though some people, including his family, thought he was crazy, we always believed he could do it…and he did! He raised a staggering £7,000 to create a tranquil Family Room for the Neurosurgical Ward at the Hospital.
On June 16th, our biggest team so far: Chris D., Chris H, Philip and Geoff took on the punishing 54-mile London to Brighton Bike Ride. As they sailed through the many miles of beautiful scenery, with nearly 30,000 other participants dressed in their best lycra, their legs were undoubtedly burning, their heads down in concentration, focusing on the finish line and the amazing moment they could put their normal clothes back on.
The four-strong Cremarc team cycled their way through the rain and to success! They have raised £300.
As part of selection for the Parachute Regiment, recruits have to complete a 10-mile TAB (Tactical Advance into Battle) in boots and carrying 35lbs plus water in under 1 hour 50 minutes. On Saturday 18th May, Rachel, Gary and Chris Homewood are taking on this challenge at Colchester Barracks. For this one there is no preferential treatment for the ladies, everyone carries the same weight.
The three Cremarc participants braved the heat and the 37lbs on their backs to complete the event. Gary even hit the 1:50 target! So far, for the combined PARAS’10 and Fan Dance events, they have raised over £1,000 for Alzheimer’s Research UK.
A gruelling 24km SAS Selection test march carrying full military back-pack is staged over Pen y Fan, the highest mountain in the Brecon Beacons. The world’s oldest Special Forces test is used as the first major indicator of whether a candidate has the physical and mental aptitude to complete the legendary Selection course. The AEE Fan Dance Race Series was founded, organised and managed by veteran SAS & SBS soldiers. Rachel and Gary have completed this challenge in the summer of 2018 and even though they swore never to do it again… well, here they are doing it again in 2019. Gary and Rachel crushed their 2018 times, Gary coming in an amazing 4:08 and Rachel at 4:41. So far, for the combined PARAS’10 and Fan Dance events, they have raised over £1,000 for Alzheimer’s Research UK.
In September Sam and Rachel will be participating in a 5k Park Run event in memory of Sam’s father and raising money for a fantastic charity.
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In December, Mathew will be entering the ring to join the fight against cancer. He has signed up for the Ultra White Collar Boxing challenge in aid of Cancer Research. UWCB is Cancer Research UK’s largest domestic fundraising partner, having donated over £16m to help beat cancer sooner. Training starts in earnest in October but he’s laying the groundwork with regular Be Military Fit classes throughout the summer.
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