The Ultimate Triathlon:
A 50-mile bike race across the Lake DistrictΓÇÖs toughest terrain is enough for most people to vow never to ride again. But for four employees of one of officebroker.comΓÇÖs channel partners, that is just the first leg of a grueling new triathlon that they have invented all by themselves. Once they have dismounted from their bikes, the gluttons for punishment then intend to canoe 5 kilometers across ΓÇÿLake ThirlmereΓÇÖ before scaling EnglandΓÇÖs second highest mountain, the 3117 ft ΓÇÿHelvellynΓÇÖ – and all between the hours of darkness.
It sounds like madness but madness can quickly become sanity when it is in aid of a worthy cause. In this case the men hope to raise over ┬ú1800 for Action Medical Research.
Joint Managing Director of Tamworth-based officebroker.com, Andy Haywood said: ΓÇ£I am both surprised and impressed by the challenge the guys have set themselves. The training they have been doing and the money they have raised is testament to their strength of character. This is the sort of challenge officebroker.com is happy to throw some money behind.ΓÇ¥
The four men taking up the challenge all work for Bromsgrove-based ΓÇÿNick Whale Ferrari and MaseratiΓÇÖ dealership ΓÇô a key partner of officebroker.com.
Senior Technician and willing participant, Jason Long, 38, said: ΓÇ£ΓÇ£Some of us have friends and family who have benefited directly from breakthroughs brought about by Action Medical Research. The thought of helping them continue their work will spur us on when we feel like giving up.ΓÇ¥
Since 1949 the charity has worked tirelessly supporting physically disabled children and developing vaccines for such childhood diseases as polio and rubella.
Jason Long, Senior Technician and willing participant
Jason will be joined on this daring test of stamina, nerve and determination by colleagues; Control Technician, Paul Kennerson, 37, Sales Executive, James Buckler, 33, and Electrical Engineer, Simon Sliwinski, 33. The training the men have been doing ahead of the 6th September D-day has been enough to put the frighteners up them.
ΓÇ£WeΓÇÖve been training in the Peak District and its been really tough. I think we all wanted to defy the ageing process but I donΓÇÖt think any of us had banked on it being this hard. IΓÇÖm sure at the end weΓÇÖll all be saying it was worth it but at this point you sometimes question that,ΓÇ¥ added Jason.
Andy Haywood added: ΓÇ£The guys are evidence that if you push yourself you can achieve great things. Everyone at officebroker.com wishes them well.ΓÇ¥
Or post your donation to:
Jason Long, 18 Forrester road, Burbage, Leicestershire, LE10 2RX (CHEQUES MADE PAYABLE TO ACTION MEDICAL RESEARCH).