A group of fitness enthusiasts from a Birmingham gym are taking on a hat trick of endurance challenges to raise money for Cure Leukaemia.
The team from MSC Performance in the City Centre will be going the extra mile with three ‘Rat Race’ challenges this summer, part of a series of epic adventure events which take place across the world.
The team from MSC will be taking on ‘Man Versus Coast’ - in Cornwall and finishing at Land’s End - and Man Versus Lakes in July, followed by Man Versus Snowdonia in September.
Max Hartman, Director of the MSC Injury Clinic who previously worked as Strength & Conditioning Coach at Coventry Rugby Club, is part of the team.
Max’s partner Claire is an Account Manager with OWB Creative, a Birmingham-based marketing agency which works closely with Cure Leukaemia.
“All three of the events are completely cross-country and off-road, covering all different types of terrain,” says Max.
“One of them is actually a marathon distance of just over 26 miles, and the other two are slightly shorter.
“When you think that the Cornwall one takes you down the coast to Land’s End, and the other two are based around Mount Snowdon and then the Lake District, they are certainly going to be very challenging.
“The only one I have done before is the Snowdonia event, which was tough, a very hard course, but also really good fun.
“We all wanted to get together and do some form of challenge, and through Claire’s work at OWB with Cure Leukaemia, I have learned a lot about the charity and we are all really impressed with the way that they operate.
“It just feels like a really good cause to get involved in and try to help.
“MSC is not a gym with hundreds or thousands of members where nobody knows anyone else.
“We have a fairly small membership where everyone knows each other and gets on with each other so when there are challenges like this, people really get behind it and support each other.”
The remainder of the team will be made up by Josh James and Ben Franks – both of whom are coaches at MSC – and two of the regular gym users, Rob Young and Francesco Collini.
“It’s a great challenge and one which I am really looking forward to,” says Josh.
“The furthest I have run before is 10km so it is a bit of a step-up in that respect!
“Obviously we all train a lot but to take on an endurance challenge like this means we will have to change a few things when we are doing our preparation.”
“I took part in the Velo last year, cycling 100 miles, but I haven’t done one of these events before.
“It should be a really good challenge and experience where I am sure we will push each other on, as well as raising as much money as possible for such a great cause.”
MSC are also planning to work with Cure Leukaemia to provide regular blogs and video updates as they train, not only keeping people updated with their progress but also offering hints and advice for those taking on challenges of their own, such as the Great Birmingham Run in October.
Click HERE to support the team via their Just Giving page and HERE for the MSC Performance YouTube channel where they will be posting the vlogs to help people prepare for the Great Birmingham Run, starting in the next few weeks.
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