Physical Challenges & Sponsorship
Taff Trail – June 2016
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Blenheim Sprint Triathlon – June 2014
KLF held a successful fund raising event entering a team “Team KLF” in the annual Blenheim Triathlon in June 2014. The team not only raised over £1500 for KLF, but finished 24th out of the 350 teams that entered – not bad for a first attempt!
Team KLF comprised James Seel, Charlie Greenway and Fran Owen, all very good friends from Sidney Sussex Cambridge days and roped in by Cathy Owen (a big KLF supporter and former patient of The Royal Marsden Hospital). Playing to their individual strengths, the threesome entered the Sprint Team Relay Event completing first a 750m swim in Blenheim Lake, followed by a 19.8 km cycle ride and finally a 5.7 km run.
James started the team off decked out in his wet suit and green swim cap, keeping to the outside of the pack and completing a phenomenally “super speedy” swim in 10 mins 50 secs, easily being one of the first out of the water. Next up was Charlie, leaping onto his bicycle with his 6’7″ frame and setting off for two laps around the park grounds, with one “mega hill” thrown in (on each lap) for good measure. Charlie looked quite comfortable as he powered past his cheering KLF fans and belted out his two laps in a superb 41 mins. The last leg was up to Fran who, after completing the London Marathon in April, made her 5.7 k run look like a sprint! Again looking quite relaxed after first lap, she sprinted to the finish in 24 mins. James and Charlie joined her for the final 100 yards and crossed the line together in total team time of 1hr 20mins and 23 seconds (including changeover times). Team KLF 2014 has indeed set the bar high!
London Marathon – 2013
Georgie Smith responded to a call in our newsletter for a runner to raise funds for KLF. She had started running a few years prior when her Auntie was diagnosed with breast cancer and after two half marathons was keen to complete the London marathon before she turned 30! Knowing that her mother Jean had been funded in some of her training by KLF she felt it was a perfect fit!
With over £2500 of funds raised, Georgina reflected after the event: “The marathon is by far the hardest challenge I have ever undertaken! All went well up to the 15 mile mark when my knee gave in and after a very painful 4 miles crawling along (which severely impacted my time target), luckily my Mum saved me—she strapped my knee up heavily and I managed to run the last 7 miles in a good time. Best moment of the day was definitely being overtaken by a 90 year old lady….fair play!”
Cycletta – time for the girls to have a go – 2011
In past years, funds have been raised for Katie’s Lymphoedema Fund (KLF) by many an intrepid supporter – marathons have been run, three peaks have been climbed, Everest Base Camp has been reached and an endurance race in the Namibia Desert has been survived. 2011 it was up to the girls!! We took part in Cycletta South (see www.cycletta.co.uk) – a 40km road ‘race’ starting and ending at Whipsnade Zoo on Sunday 11th September.
The KLF-Girls team consisted of Emma Maziak, Philly Jones, Alicia Leaf and Sophie Clarke, looking cheery after the race (below – Philly, Alicia, Sophie, Emma)! We were absolutely delighted to ride in, in positions 222-225 out of 634 riders with a time of 2 hrs, 6 mins – GO GIRLS!!! I (Emma) was the weak link and the other three girls could have gone much more quickly without me slowing them down but we all had fun and I was delighted and surprised to have no problems walking the day after!
We raised just shy of £2k.
The Desert Dash
Our ‘extreme’ fund raiser for 2010 was the incredible ‘Desert Dash’. Ian MacLeod and Barry Cooper cycled 340km across the Namib Desert on 17th/18th December 2010 and raised an amazing £2650. Ian and Barry came 4th overall across all 2-man team categories and although it was rather windy and a tough ride they managed to win the Veteran Men category finishing at 4.50am in the dark!!
Background to the race: This is a 24 hour fight between human and nature, body and mind. The route reaches levels of 2000m above sea level and navigates sharp twists and turns. At one stage, the descent drops 700m in only 10km!
The race is made more difficult by the cold and darkness of moonless nights and in the day, temperatures soar up to 50 degrees celsius. On the dirt roads there are also hazards of animals, snakes, inability to see the rocks, sand (dry river crossings) and there is usually a howling headwind blowing! See www.desertdashnamibia.com
Our hardy (mad?) cyclists were:
Ian Macleod – Australian; UNICEF Country Director in Namibia; only started mountain biking in mid 2008; run over a dozen marathons and ultramarathons (!); married to Clare with 2 sons (Callan and Liam); mid 40s-ish…
Barry Cooper – British; ex-IT Director now focusing on family and mountain biking in Namibia; Top 4 ranked in multiple mountainbiking championships and 2 day marathons; married to Natasha with 3 children (Jared, Talia & Mara); not yet 40…. oh and enjoys G&Ts.
Himalayan Challenge – 2009
Marcus, Katie’s brother, has climbed the Himalayas to Everest Base Camp – our major sporting fundraiser for 2009! He has raised over £4,000. Thank you to all of those who have supported his endeavours with pledges and donations. Read his amazing trip diary and see some wonderful photos.
2008 – London Marathon
Our marathon runners were fantastic. Simon Fisher, now teaching PE and Geography at Trinity School, in Devon, ran the London Marathon in 3 hours 26 minutes and 57 seconds. Max McGee, 12 years’ old, ran the Junior Marathon (3 miles) in 19 minutes. Simon raised £2,812 and Max raised £166 – significant funds between them! Thank you both for your time and supreme efforts.
This is Simon’s second marathon in aid of the Fund. So far he has raised almost £6000! Fantastic!
The Three Peaks – 2007
Phil Sadler (Princes Trust) and David Evans (TYF Adventures), both in Pembrokeshire, completed the Three Peaks Challenge during the weekend of 1st and 2nd September 2007. Weather was generally shocking with very little visibility on Snowdon and Scafell Pike. They started at 4am Saturday, in the dark, up Snowdon and came off Ben Nevis at about 4.30pm on the Sunday. They completed the climbing and descents in just 17 hours (excluding the driving) and they raised over £2,500.
2006 – Edinburgh Marathon
Simon Fisher, then Deputy Headmaster of Hereward House School in London, ran the Edinburgh marathon for us and raised in excess of £3,000. He ran in a heat wave with a foot injury and still managed a very creditable time of 3 hours 19 minutes and came 258 out of 6,000 runners – marvellous! He had a participant running behind him for another Katie who came up to him afterwards and said the fact that Simon had Katie on his back kept him going…