Five men will attempt an amazing feat of endurance, aptly named ‘Seven Days of Pain’ in order to raise money for and awareness of two charities; The RAF Benevolent Fund and The Connor Wright Project in association with Great Ormond Street Hospital Childrens Charity.
The idea for the challenge came from friends Aaron Day, a retail shop owner in Stamford and Corporal Michael Gambling, an instructor in the Royal Air Force.
Together they devised a challenge that would push them beyond their limits both mentally and physically.
Alternating between running and cycling, the team will push themselves to the extreme beginning at Lands End on Tuesday 30th April and culminating in the Milton Keynes Marathon on Monday 6th May, covering a huge total of 434.8 miles each.
With four of the five team members being in the Royal Air Force, the decision to support the RAF Benevolent Fund was easy as they wanted to raise awareness of the RAF as a potential career choice, boost morale and give something back to the families as well as Servicemen and women, past and present.
The second charity that the team are supporting is The Connor Wright Shwachman-Diamond Project. Shwachman-Diamond Syndrome (SDS) is genetic and an inherited condition, a very rare, complex, multi system disorder affecting particularly the pancreas, bone marrow and skeleton. Next to Cystic Fibrosis, it is the most common cause of pancreatic insufficiency in children.
The Project aims to raise money and awareness of all rare or difficult to diagnose diseases in children.
Corporal Gambling, stationed at RAF Halton in Buckinghamshire, said: “This challenge has never been done before.
“We’ll be pushing not just our bodies to the limit but also our will to succeed. The team have been training hard but even so the amount of strain placed on our bodies over the seven days will be immense. Finishing at the Milton Keynes Marathon is pretty exciting – most of us are or have been stationed at RAF Halton so it will feel like we are on home ground.
I hope we get a lot of support from the crowd.”
Aaron Day said: “I first thought of the challenge a year ago, and together me and Mike have now made it reality.
The thought of being able to push myself beyond limits excites me and to do this for two amazing charities makes all the physical and mental strain worth the while.
One day I would like my children to say my dad and his four friends took part in something amazing and made a bit of history.”
The team can be followed online on Facebook and Twitter. To donate or sponsor the team go to Seven Days of Pain or donate by text by messaging CRPD followed by the amount (e.g. CRDP£10) to 70070.
Please give generously!
Photo1: Corporal Gambling, Turner and Pierce get ready for a bike training session at RAF Halton
Photo2: Corporal Gampling and Turner train indoors due to snow!
Photo3: Planning the route, it’s a long way!
Day 1- Start at Land’s End and will run along the costal footpath covering 26.2 miles.
Day 2- The first day on the bicycles cycling from Porthleven to Falmouth Dock, then on to St Mawes via ferry crossing and then cycling to Dartmouth covering a total 110 miles.
Day 3- Run along the coastal paths from Dartmouth to the Dawlish ferry covering 26.2 miles.
Day 4- After crossing on the ferry to Exmouth, cycling to Andover covering 110 miles.
Day 5- Starting at Andover and running through Newbury finishing at Compton and covering 26.2 miles.
Day 6- The final cycle from Compton to Milton Keynes, via RAF Northolt and RAF Halton covering 110 miles.
Day 7- The Milton Keynes Marathon covering 26.2 miles.
The Royal Air Force Benevolent Fund
The Royal Air Force Benevolent Fund is the RAF’s leading welfare charity, providing financial, practical and emotional support to all members of the RAF family.
The Connor Wright Shwachman-Diamond Project
The Connor Wright Shwachman-Diamond Project is a non-profit organisation set up by ordinary people, with ordinary lives, doing ordinary jobs in order to bring awareness and raise funds for a very UNORDINARY condition –Shwachman-Diamond Syndrome. Our goals are to campaign for and support research towards a cure and improve medical management of symptoms as well as raise awareness of the Syndrome within the medical profession, support agencies and the general public. We have supported Great Ormond Street Hospital Children’s Charity as they are leading the campaign into the research. Great Ormond Street has opened a special purpose fund for the money we donate to go direct into and used solely for research purposes into Shwachman Diamond Syndrome.
SPONSORSHIP AND DONATIONS
To donate by text message text: CRPD followed by the amount (e.g. CRDP£10) to 70070.