On Saturday 31st August Team Konkura took on their biggest challenge to date in tackling the Race the Sun course. Captained by Konkura Director Ian ‘Worthster’ Worthington, the 4 man team comprised of Stephen Fox, Jason Stobbart and Michael Poole. Whilst all keen ‘gym goers’, none of the lads had ever completed anything of this scale before. Race the Sun comprises of a 50 mile cycle, a climb of Helvellyn (3,116ft) and a canoe of Lake Thirlmere, all between sunrise and sunset!
The team completed the course in a superb time of 9 hours 49 minutes to come in a respectable 17th place out of the 75 teams who entered. The guys were delighted with their time and position, considering that preparations didn’t go completely to plan! 5 days prior to the race, navigator Jason was hit with the most ‘horrendous’ (his word’s not ours!) blood blisters which covered his entire heel. Not the best thing when your battling the unforgiving slopes of Helvellyn! Broken bikes, heavy nights and illness meant that the planned training schedule was only loosely followed!
The race was completed in aid of the ‘Action Medical Research for Children’ Charity and the present total raised is in excess of £2500. The Action organisation is a great charity who actively aims to reduce the high rate of premature birth, prevent pregnancy complications that threaten babies’ lives, and find the best ways to care for sick and vulnerable babies. If you would like to help the guys by donating online please go to our our fundraising page.
Everyone at Konkura would like to thank our sponsors for their kind donations which will make a real difference.