Ride to Recovery across the whole of Great Britain.
A trio of ex-servicemen is in training for an epic 1,400-mile bike ride through Britain to raise thousands of pounds for their wounded comrades. Former Royal Engineer Steve Craddock, Naval veteran Lee Patmore, and retired Royal Marine Brian Kilgannon will cycle from John O’Groats in Scotland to Land’s End in Cornwall in a bid to raise money for Help for Heroes. But when their feat begins in May, the former warriors will not be content with the challenge that has tested the mettle of cyclists for decades. Instead of taking the usual 960-mile route through the western spine of Great Britain, Steve, Brian, and Lee have set themselves the added challenge of visiting seven military bases along the way. These diversions will add almost 500 miles to the route and will mean cycling up hills, totalling a whopping 63,000ft – the equivalent of more than twice the height of Mount Everest.
This is a tough ask of anyone, let alone for Steve and Brian who both suffer from PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder) from their time in services and will be fighting their own mental demons along with the physical toll the route will take. However, Steve and Brian will get inspiration from Lee who suffers from Fibromyalgia, a condition that causes heightened pain and extreme tiredness.
Lee, from Essex, is now mainly confined to a wheelchair and will take on this mammoth journey on a custom-made cycle he will power by his arms. He works as a disability fitness instructor at Brentwood Leisure Centre and qualified as a personal trainer after completing several courses with Help For Heroes.
Retired Sergeant Steve, from Chatham in Kent, said: “I hope you can begin to appreciate the sheer effort, guts, and determination that will be needed for Lee to complete this challenge. Lee will be in pain and discomfort the whole time. He will not know from one day to the next how his body is going to cope. However, Lee has his Band of Brothers with him, and we will be doing whatever is needed to get him to complete this truly amazing challenge."
Former Colour Sergeant Brian is no stranger to endurance cycling. He has already cycled from the most northerly part of mainland Britain to its most south westerly point via (as he puts it) ‘the easy route’. In 2006 he set a world cycling endurance record on an indoor turbo trainer, clocking up a staggering 1,017 miles in 60 hours.
Brian said: “I have volunteered to assist Lee and Steve in this epic ride, having cycled for the Royal Navy and Royal Marines for the last twelve years. Since leaving the Marines I found that I had personal problems both mentally and physically, therefore the thought of doing this challenge with Lee will also give me fulfillment. Having already cycled from Land's End to John O’Groats and holding a world record for distance riding I am fully aware the problems we are all going to face.”
The planned route is as follows:
- John O’Groats.
- Livingstone (Gore Bike Wear).
- Catterick, North Yorkshire (Phoenix House).
- Colchester, Essex (Chavase House).
- Brentwood, Essex.
- Brompton Barracks, Chatham, Kent.
- Tidworth, Hampshire (Tedworth House).
- Plymouth, Devon (Hasler Company).
- Land’s End.
The Band of Brothers are hoping to complete the challenge within 30 days and are aiming to cover between 60 or 70 miles per day, with three rest days if required.
For more information on this epic challenge, please visit www.ourcycle2recovery.co.uk.
For more information on Fibromyalgia and its symptoms please go to www.fibroduckfoundation.com.
On the 1st of April 2017, Joe Edmonds and his dedicated team of personal training clients completed a 10k race in Richmond Park, their first team event together.
Paul, Lis, Dave, Richard, Chris, Charlene, Michaela and Tom all donned their Sundried apparel to take them to the finish line. The men stayed cool and comfortable in their Sundried Ortler Tees while the ladies enjoyed the comfort of the Sundried Tour Noir Tank.
The team have been training hard for 3 months and complemented their usual personal training sessions with extra running training in order to be ready to smash the race. The entire team did their PT proud by improving drastically in both speed and distance achieved.
For their PT Joe, it was rewarding and heart-warming to see his committed team achieve such a fantastic goal. Having an event like a 10k to work towards meant they trained harder than ever in their personal training sessions and they all achieved faster times than they had expected on the day. For some in the group, it was the first time they had even run 10k so that was an achievement in itself.
Joe is now hoping that the team can accomplish an even bigger goal, such as a half marathon or a triathlon, so watch this space!
Imagine yourself surrounded by people who share a vision, where fitness reigns and health is wealth. Motivation fills the air and inspiration is at every turn. Heroes of the sporting world collide with fitness enthusiasts to discover new and exciting sportswear, foods, workouts, lectures and equipment, all under one roof. Sounds pretty incredible doesn’t it?
And that’s before I’ve even mentioned .... ‘freebies!’
Grab a pen, have your diary at the ready, these events are not to be missed.
The London Health Show: 20th-21st January
The London Health show is on its way to Olympia in a matter of days and buyers and distributors from all over the UK have been split into 6 different sectors covering, Nutrition and Supplements, Sports and Fitness, Beauty and Anti-aging, Complementary health, Organic and Natural products and Healthcare equipment and Technology ready to descend on Olympia. Event hosts promise there will be over 120 exhibitors for its thousands of attendees to explore as well as workshops and live demonstrations. Special guests include Dr. Christian Jessen - best known for his work on Channel 4’s embarrassing bodies (although try and contain yourselves from whipping out any awkward illnesses, there's a time and a place for these things), Dr Leah Totton - Winner of BBC Apprentice 2013 and founder of Dr Leah Skin Care and Clinics and Shona Wilkinson head nutritionist at Nutri Care, amongst many others. Network with fitness professionals, grab some gear or you may even win a competition.
Cost: This one’s free, simply register online for a free pass. http://www.londonhealthshow.com/
The London Bike Show: 11th-14th February
The largest cycling exhibition in the UK is making its return to London's Excel this February. Whether you’re into road biking or mountain biking from cycling professionals to those of us who just cycle to and from work, there is something for everyone at the show.
This year for the first time the show will host ‘Air to the Throne’, a two-day competition which will see some of the world's best freestyle mountain bike riders perform mind-blowing tricks across the AT3 course to battle it out for a £10,000 prize. Joining them will be over 300 brands, plus one of the country’s most recognised Olympians, Sir Chris Hoy, who will be launching the latest bikes in his HOY range at the event. There will also be appearances from over 50 guest speakers including Chris Boardman MBE, who will be discussing all things cycling as well as showcasing the newest Boardman bikes.They’ll be tracks set up for both adults and children to take their wheels for a test spin and the world's only ‘pop-up’ street Velodrome for those cyclists who are a little braver.
Cost: A ticket will cost £15-19 depending on which day you decide to go, however, 1 ticket provides access to The Telegraph Outdoor Adventure & Travel Show, Triathlon Show and the London International Dive Show, so there is a whole host of things to see and do!
Run Expo: 18th-20th March: Manchester
RunExpo challenges you to lace up for the biggest show in town. Based at Manchester’s Eventcity the show is for beginners and experienced runners alike. This is the ultimate festival of running with all the latest gear, celebrities and competitions. Leaders in the industry such as Nike, Ron Hill and USN are just some of the shows exhibitors who will be showcasing their newest releases. Plus, the legend that is Paula Radcliffe is attending the show on the 20th to help with the shows running event ‘Run Like A Legend’, which features an 800m track running through the heart of the Expo. 2000 runners will take part in their very own dream mile, designed to push you to ‘find your fast’ and hit a new Personal Best within Event City's walls. From Gait analysis to a live fashion show there is plenty to get involved with.
Be: FIT: 29 April-1st MAY: London
Who run the world? Girls. This is a health and fitness festival designed with women in mind, to empower and inspire. Over 3 days 15,000 female fitness enthusiasts will fill London's Business Design Centre to be greeted by fitness classes, cookery demonstrations, wellness experts and over 125 Brands exhibiting including Total yogurt, Women’s Health and, yours truly Sundried, plus many more being released closer to the event. Guests so far include Tara Stiles - Yoga instructor and founder of Strala Yoga, Madeleine Shaw - Nutritional health coach and online blogger and Honestly Healthy - Food lovers, providing recipes and meals based upon the Alkaline food principles. The event promises to keep you busy all day with classes by leading state of the art gyms such as Equinox and Gymbox, from Bootcamp to Yoga.The show is more than just freebies, it offers expertise you can take away to upgrade your lifestyle and make a positive and permanent healthy change.
Bodypower: 13th-15th May: Birmingham
This one’s the ultimate. The Comic Con of the fitness world. Bodypower is the most celebrated fitness event in the UK, held at Birmingham’s NEC. Over the course of 3 days over 90,000 fitness enthusiasts from all over the world join international stars, industry experts and exhibitioners, to witness national competitions, industry previews, seminars and discover hundreds of fitness-focused brands. Last year’s guests included Phil Heath - ‘The Gift’, bodybuilder and current Mr Olympia, Kai Greene - IFBB Bodybuilder, and Bill Kazmaier - former world champion powerlifter and strongman. Nearer to the event, the biggest names in the industry will confirm their attendance, from business professionals to competitors, athletes, nutritionists and models. Amongst the hundreds of fitness stands Bodypower also hosts a variety of competitions, from powerlifting to its very own ‘Fit Factor’ - the search for the next big fitness model, judging 50/50 on physique and ‘fit factor’ personality. Winners aspire to become the next Paige Hathaway or Steve Cook (both of whom should be at this year’s show). Returning for it’s second year is also the shows ‘Transformation Challenge’.Across 17 weeks from January until the show in May, over 2000 entrants of all shapes and sizes will transform their diet and bodies, supporting each other through the competitions own online community. The winners are announced on the Saturday and will become sponsored athletes for a global fitness company. Other prizes include a free photo shoot, online personal training, meat hampers, supplements, food prep and the best of fitness clothing. If your New Year's goal is to shape up, why not add some fuel to the fire and enter yourself now? Bodypower Expo encapsulates everything positive about fitness. Surround yourself with people who inhale motivation and exhale protein (literally!). Float in a sea of muscle. This place is a breeding ground for future talent.
Cost: £25 - £99
Now the dates marked on your calendar, the countdown begins. See you there!