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!
Lucky winners will win the entire luxury activewear range upon it’s release.
To enter the competition Personal Trainers attending the event simply need to register at the Sundried stand.
Fit Pro Live 2016 is a two day event designed to create the best personal trainers in the industry. The workshops, exhibitors and talks aim to inspire, encourage, equip and teach attendees with the best knowledge and kit in the leisure industry.
Guest speakers will include Adam Daniel, former international athlete and owner of life:lab, Dr Arianne Missimer, human movement specialist, Ben Coomber performance nutritionist and owner of the #1 rated health and fitness podcast on iTunes, amongst many other industry leaders.
The event will also showcase the Skillmill by Technogym, the first non-motorised treadmill that combines power, speed, stamina and agility training.
Jayne Nicholls, founder of group X training says: “FitPro manages to combine PT, nutrition and group into one event. You can step into and out of your comfort zone on an hourly basis, with the emphasis always being on what you don’t know rather than what you do every day.”
The event is held at Novotel Hotel in Hammersmith from 8th - 9th April. Tickets can be purchased via the website http://www.fitpro.com/live/index.cfm.
For 3 days, 29 April - 1st May Be: Fit London will take over Islington’s Business Design Centre to equip women with the tools to ditch the fads and live happier and healthier.
Over the course of the 3 days Be:Fit London 2016 is set to attract over 15,000 women striving to be fitter, healthier and happier.
Be:Fit London is the only Health and Fitness Festival for women in the UK, dedicated to encouraging and inspiring women’s interest in their health and nutrition. It’s a high energy, inspiring event jam-packed with motivational talks, fitness sessions, cooking demos with your favourite nutritionists, complimentary health checks, pampering treatments, competitions and of course, freebies!
This years event will feature Tara Stiles, Madeleine Shaw, Zanna Van Dijk, Honestly Healthy and Sundried, with free classes from 1rebel, Barry’s Bootcamp, Equinox, Frame, Gymbox and many more! The shopping village will be filled with over 100 health, fitness and nutrition brands.
The History of Be:Fit
Be:Fit was founded by Leigh Fergus, voted number 35 in Event Magazine’s 100 most influential people in the events industry, to inspire women to be healthy and happy.
Only one in five UK women do enough exercise to stay fit, healthy and happy (Women in Sport). Research showed this was due to body image, self esteem and a lack of non-competitive environments for women to exercise. Be: Fit’s Founder, Leigh, felt so passionate about this that she created Be:Fit London, Europe’s only health & fitness festival dedicated to women.
Be: Fit is there to empower women, by providing them with long term tools to take ownership of their health and fitness and increase their confidence and happiness, without relying on crash diets or quick fix beauty treatments.
The first festival launched in March 2014 and bought over 10,000 visitors through it’s doors featuring leading brands including Reebok, Nuffield Health, Women’s Health, Barry’s Bootcamp, Equinox, Lorna Jane and Vita Coco and inspiration athletes like Denise Lewis and Victoria Pendleton speaking.
In 2015 the second Be:Fit attracted over 15,000 women and this year is due to be the biggest and best yet!
Sundried will be exhibiting at the event ready and raring to answer all your queries regarding fitness and also have a HUGE competition giveaway… so keep your eyes peeled!
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An All Inclusive Day or Weekend Pass to Be:Fit London 2016, includes unlimited entry to classes in the Reebok Fitness Studio, cooking sessions in the Oatly Kitchen and talks on the Main Stage. You will also have full access to the incredible shopping village, with over 100 health, fitness and nutrition brands.
Some classes and sessions are now available to book online via the ticket booking page. Please note, some classes have sold out for advanced booking. There will still be loads of spaces on the day and these are all included in the price of your ticket, so if you are unable to book online, just come along to the Reebok Fitness Studio on the day.
All Inclusive Day Pass: £25
All Inclusive Weekend Pass (3 days): £55
Sundried is featuring at FitPro 2016 and we are showcasing our 2016 activewear collection.
FitPro is aimed at professionals and personal trainers and Sundried is looking for partners in the fitness industry to work with.
If you are a personal trainer visiting FitPro please visit our stand number D0. If you can not attend the event please visit our sign-up form online.
Find out more about FitPro 2016
Why Sundried works with personal trainers
Sundried is a brand developed and run by fitness professionals and we understand the importance of fitness professionals and their advise to their clients. As a brand we focus on low carbon, high quality, ethical production and a true love for the fitness industry. Likeminded personal trainers are key to making sure the activewear industry stays focused on producing quality with a focus on responsibility.