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Nobody can accuse the Fresh Egg bunch of being shy of a challenge, – particularly for a good cause. If we’re not sleeping outside in January to raise money for the homeless, we’re distributing Christmas presents to vulnerable people along the South Coast. We’ve cycled from London to Brighton, run the Brighton marathon, organised football tournaments and even taken on abseiling. Not a bad track record!
Not content to rest on our laurels, however, three of Fresh Egg’s strongest, fittest, grittiest members are taking on the ultimate challenge: The British Heart Foundation London to Brighton Trek. Just take a look at the team!
And so it is with the successes of their Fresh Egg fundraising predecessors as inspiration – and an armful of blister plasters at the ready – that our men are facing their toughest challenge. On Saturday 21 June, these brave souls will set off on their 64-mile (105km) trek from London’s Sandown race course to Brighton’s equivalent, via Guildford and Shoreham. The route is designed to take between 25 and 30 hours and is done in one go – no long stop-overs, no sleeping. The boys will walk overnight and should arrive safe on Brighton soil some time on Sunday 22 June.
The British Heart Foundation provides some excellent resources to help participants prepare for the trek, including training guides, advice on what to wear and what equipment to pack. With this in mind, we asked our guys how their preparations are coming along.
“We’ve undertaken three sets of training so far: 23 miles, 13 miles and 25 miles, all along the South Downs Way. I cycle a lot (which probably doesn't help) so I will start running a couple of times a week from now on as well, to prepare my joints for the impact. All the sport I do at the moment is low impact.”
Julian Erbsloeh, senior digital marketing analyst
It seems all the guys have a pretty good level of general fitness.
“I already do a lot of running so I’m pretty confident my legs will be up for it”, says Ollie.
Nate agrees: “I train regularly in martial arts, so have strong legs. Leading up to the event I’ll be doing regular long walks as and when time/family allows”.
But, as Julian says:, “It's hard to train for being on your feet for 25 hours straight!”
With all those miles and all those hours in mind, what equipment will they be taking with them? The British Heart Foundation recommends plenty of socks as a change of footwear and it would seem the guys have taken this advice.
Julian will be taking light hiking shoes (not boots), a three litre camel pack, walking poles and plenty of socks, whilst Nate has stocked up on trekking poles, a new rucksack and a tub of Vaseline (to avoid chafing, we’re told).
Ollie thanked us for the reminder. In terms of equipment, he has “nothing yet!”
So what are they most worried about? High on the list is blisters, but other causes for concern include dwindling motivation, boredom, running out of things to talk about, pain, sleep deprivation and nutrition.
“I’m mostly worried about the strain it can place on your spine. Walk for a couple of hours, you’ll notice the small of your back starting to get sore. Blisters and chafing are manageable. Your back is harder to manage.”
Nate Wood, head of international search
Now for the pulling-your-heartstrings bit. British Heart Foundation scientists continue their pioneering research, increasing the chances of survival in adults with heart disease and babies born with inherited heart conditions. Fundraising events like the London to Brighton trek are instrumental in helping to fund this work.
Ollie, Julian and Nate have pledged to raise £1000 in sponsorship donations with their incredible feat, and with the event coming up in just over a month’s time the fundraising is really ramping up. We’ve never seen so many cakes here in the office, with us all making a donation to the cause for a slice of something nice. Julian is also planning a car boot sale in the coming weeks. Donations of unwanted ‘bits and bobs’ welcome!