Day 3: FCG My Epic Week Team

Resolution IT

We are really grateful to ResolutionIT for putting a team together for the FCC EPIC Challenges Week, with the impressive goal of completing at least 10 Olympic Triathlons. Thank you and congratulations on your 10th anniversary!

Completing 10 Olympic Triathlons is no mean feat, especially when you have to fit it in around the day job. Shaun Lane from ResolutionIT tells us more about the team’s fantastic effort.

How did Resolution IT’s employees react to the suggestion that you get involved with My EPIC Week?

They were apprehensive initially, but also excited. There was an air of confidence about fitness levels but when we wrote down what we’d have to do we realised it wasn’t going to be easy and we’d better get out and do some training!

What is your challenge and why have you chosen it? 

Ten of us are taking part, all doing different distances due to different fitness levels and other commitments. The target is a minimum of 10 Olympic Triathlons. Ideally we’d like to achieve nearer to 20 but we’ll be content with 10. People are doing different activities each day and then recording the distances.

We have to schedule it around work: going out for early runs and cycle rides, swimming at lunchtime and going out late in the evening. I’m not a morning person myself but some of them are getting up at stupid o’clock to do a run – it’s really quite impressive!

What inspired ResolutionIT to take part in the FCG My EPIC Week?

It’s our company’s 10th anniversary so we’re doing 10 challenges throughout the year to raise money. This Is EPIC was one of the charities we had chosen, as we’re big supporters of This Is EPIC and of Warren and Phil themselves, having worked with them over the years. This week coinciding with our anniversary has made it a company challenge as well as helping the charities.

How is it going so far?

After Day One it’s looking like we’ll go way above our original target of 10 Olympic Triathlons so it’s going really well. As a team we achieved about double what we’d aimed to do in a day so we’re hoping we can continue like this. There’s a buzz around the office and everyone is excited to get out and do their bit.

Day two of our FCG My EPIC Week. Meet our Mark Smith!

This is Mark’s first EPIC Challenge and it’s a big one! Philip and Warren will still be sleeping when you start your cycling each day, so you definitely deserve a high five for that! Welcome to the fold and good luck, Mark.Mark Smith Day 2

Can you tell us a little about you?

I’m a 45-year-old father of twin girls, married and a self-employed Customer Service Consultant from Guernsey. I’m a keen cyclist and a member of the Guernsey Velo Club. I’ve been cycling competitively for about 13 years but recreationally all my life.

What is your challenge and why have you chosen it?

I’m going to be doing 100 miles on the bike every day. I first heard about the EPIC Challenge from Warren and, having done several endurance events previously, it piqued my interest. I knew, however, that to make it challenging I would have to do a long ride every day.

What training have you been doing?

My normal training for the racing season started in January so aside from a few longish rides and a 100-mile time trial in June I haven’t done any specific training, which is probably why I feel a bit underprepared.

What inspired you to take part in the FCG My EPIC Week?

Being self-employed I didn’t think I could fit it into my schedule, so decided I’d do it next time it came up. I was then at a conference where one of the speakers talked about pushing yourself out of your comfort zone; this talk really resonated with me and I decided that if my schedule doesn’t give me time then I will make time. I’m planning on starting my rides at 3am, so I can then fit in a full day of work too.

Day one of our FCG My EPIC Week. Meet our EPIC Challengers!

 

It’s Day One and we have already heard from some of the fantastic people taking part in the FCG My EPIC Week. We’ll be hoping to keep you inspired in your own challenges by sharing their stories.

Our first post comes from Dawn Sealey. Thanks for your support, Dawn, and best of luck with your challenge!

Can you tell us a little about you?

I’m a working mum with a three-year-old boy, Jack. I started running after he was born. I’ll never be the fastest runner (in fact I’m frequently at the back of the pack) but I appreciate the good health and good friends running affords me. After a traumatic start to my son’s life, running also helps keep me sane and my husband has been known to gently suggest I go for a run when I’ve got a case of the mean reds! As an extra challenge, and so that I might participate in triathlons, I decided to learn to swim properly earlier this year and just over a month ago swam my first ever full length of front crawl (well a type of front crawl anyway!!). I’m doing a couple of swimming lessons a week now and it’s slow progress but a great feeling of accomplishment to be learning a new skill at this old age.

I’m also inspired by my son – there is nothing more heart-melting than when he puts on his trainers and announces to me he’s off out for a run (don’t worry I never let him get too far).

What is your challenge and why have you chosen it?

My challenge is to complete a half Ironman distance across the week. I wanted a tough challenge to push myself but also one where I could involve and inspire as many people as possible to join me on either a run, swim or cycle and fit it around work and family. I have colleagues, friends and family joining me throughout the week on various sessions and I’m hoping Jack will do a few with me too. The organisation alone of fitting in all these sessions is one of the biggest challenges.

What training have you been doing?

I’m still running a couple of times a week and in addition to the swimming lessons I’ve been trying to fit in some cycling, mostly commuting.

What inspired you to take part in the FCG My EPIC Week?

I’ve followed Phil and Warren’s challenges over the least few years and they did a talk at my offices (GFSC) which inspired many of us to push ourselves but also explained how the charity was benefitting communities in a real way. This is EPIC and Guernsey Mind are both amazing charities and myself and my colleagues are always happy to support them in any way we can.

Have you taken part in any previous EPIC Challenges?

I took part in the Kings Mills run and the Y-Front Run and my husband and I did the family run with the buggy before EPIC 12. It is starting to sound like I’m stalking them!

A look back at 2016

It has been quite a year for us at EPIC Challenges, we have really enjoyed expanding our calendar of events in 2016, which included the first ever EPIC Y-Front Fun Run, Guernsey’s first ever 12hr Endurance Event – EPIC12 and who can forget the Kings Mills Fun Run!

 

Part of our purpose at EPIC Challenges is to create the opportunity for the local community to get active and to push or challenge themselves to do something they haven’t done before. In 2016 that ranged from running 10km in Y-Fronts to support MUG and This Is EPIC, take on a family fun run to support Anthony McMahon & Jonah Gillingham, or to run through the night at EPIC12 or the Moonlight Marathon.

 

We want to make people realise that they can achieve far more than they currently limit themselves to, and on the way to being the best you can be we aim to raise money for our primary beneficiary This Is EPIC and charities that support community needs in Guernsey.

 

In 2016:

 

  • 787 runners participated in our events

  • Over 4,800 miles were run at our events

  • £14,300 was raised for charity 

 

We’re looking forward to 2017, we have already released our ‘save the dates’ for the next version of the Y-Front Fun Run, EPIC12 returns and the EPIC Moonlight Marathon is back for its 4th year.

 

2017 will also see us take on our next challenge but, and more importantly, alongside the challenge we will be launching a community wide challenge to get people active and raise money for charity. This type of community challenge has not been attempted ever before (that our google research shows anyway!), we are very excited and we are also very nervous about our next challenge – but more on that in 2017.

 

Thank you for your amazing support in 2016. We hope you enjoyed our events and enjoyed pushing yourself to go further than ever before. We look forward to seeing you again at our events in 2017!

 

 

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EPIC Moonlight Marathon Challenge Returns

The EPIC Moonlight Marathon, sponsored by FCG, returns for another year and this years event sold out within 8 days of launching.

 

Now in its third year, this unique marathon experience, created by EPIC Challenges, gives runners the opportunity to run around Guernsey’s coastline in the peace of the night and raise money for Guernsey based charity, This Is EPIC.

 

Starting outside Octopus Bar and Beach restaurant at 2am on the morning of Sunday 4th December, the marathon runners will begin the route and will then be joined by the half-marathon, 5 mile and 5K runners at different locations around Guernsey.

 

The aim of the event is for all runners to remain together and finish as one big group at Octopus where they can enjoy a well-deserved breakfast and a spectacular Guernsey sunrise.

 

The 2015 event sold out within three weeks with a total of 80 spaces available to runners. Due to the popularity of the event, the organisers have increased the number of places to 125 this year to allow more runners to take part and raise more money for projects run by This Is EPIC.

 

The projects, in the Democratic Republic of Congo and Uganda, help people overcome poverty in a sustainable way through savings and loans groups.

 

Co-Founder of EPIC Challenges, Philip Smith, said: “We are really grateful to FCG for being the headline sponsor and supporting the purpose behind the event this year. Their support means that each runner will receive a newly designed EPIC Moonlight Marathon running t-Shirt and goodie bag.”

 

“Last year we had so many stories of people being inspired to get active, to push themselves and help us change lives.  All money raised will go towards projects run by This Is EPIC, which works with the aim of helping people overcome poverty.”

 

Deputy group Chief Executive Officer, Mike Leonard, commented that the organisation works hard to make a difference to the communities in which we work.

 

“FCG jumped at the chance to support the latest of the EPIC Challenges events.  Not only is the money raised from their events doing amazing work, but the challenges themselves continue to inspire many Guernsey folk, leading them to take on personal challenges that they perhaps would not have otherwise considered. 

 

“At FCG we like to think outside the box and not be confined by convention or the norm – it is this aspect of the way EPIC Challenges raises money that we find so exciting”

Saying Pants to Poverty and Cancer

Today over 150 people in Guernsey did something that we would guess they have never done before, run 10km in Y-Fronts. As with everything that we do or organise at EPIC Challenges, there was a clear purpose behind today’s Fun Run, which was to raise awareness and money for two local, but different, charities.

The event was supporting MUG (Male Uprising Guernsey) and This Is EPIC. MUG’s aim is to increase awareness and promote education around the symptoms and treatment of prostate, bowel and testicular cancers. This Is EPIC help people overcome extreme poverty in Africa through sustainable village savings and loans projects.

4 months ago Warren and I thought a Fun Run in Y-Fronts to support both Charities was a fantastic idea, and thankfully it wasn’t just the two of us in pants at the start line today. This is another core element to our events, they must be inclusive. The run today wasn’t a race and we had an amazing spread of participants, from a Commonwealth Games Athlete, to young kids and people that were taking on their very first ever 10km.

One of the best things we see in our events, and it was at the forefront today, was people enjoying what they were doing and getting behind the purpose of the event. The atmosphere was fantastic this morning, and this was 100% down to every single person that was taking part.

Warren and I were very lucky to have a great team work with us to put the event on and without the amazing volunteers from marshalling to the medical support today would not have happened.

It was amazing to be at the finish line and to chat to the runners as they grabbed a water and recovered from their efforts. Some had secured a 10km PB (even in Y-Fronts!) others had taken on their first ever 10km and there were plenty of people that had put their trainers back into use after a few years.

The picture is just one of many from today that sums up why we do what we do and also why we try to encourage and inspire others to challenge themselves. It is of one of the young lads that took on the 10km run with his Dad, his Dad was so chuffed that he could run with his son.

Today was a fantastic day of people taking on a challenge, their own personal challenge and doing it all to help others. It’s amazing what this community can achieve when it comes together for a clear purpose.
Well done everyone. Now who’s up for getting some y-fronts on again in 2017?

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Going balls out to change lives

One thing that we want to do with our running is keep it fun. It’s easy to get bogged down with personal bests and checking the pace on expensive GPS watches. But at the heart of it running should be enjoyable, make us feel alive and leave us feeling better than before we started.

Earlier this year we came up with an idea to do a run wearing Y-fronts! To put it all out there to help others – we thought it sounded perfect! But as always we wanted to partner with another charity as well as This Is EPIC. There was no better choice than MUG, who are always up for eye-catching, ballsy, different ways of raising awareness of male cancers and raising money. The MUG team loved the idea so here we are about to make it a reality.

Please don’t let it be just Warren and Philip and Trevor Kelham running in Y-fronts. On June 26th we want every male who is capable of running, walking or just moving to meet at Pembroke and flood the island in a sea of pants.

Wear them how you like: pure (just Y-fronts, a bit risqué), superhero, or get creative. Everyone signing up will be supplied with a special pair of Ys so there’s no excuses.

This is meant to be fun so don’t be shy. Starting at Pembroke, the route will snake its way round the coast around Bordeaux and into town, finishing in the High Street where those taking part can relax and let it all hang out!

The event will have a positive impact on lives and this is why you should enter.

For all of us involved in EPIC Challenges there is no point in doing something that doesn’t have a purpose, this event may save a life or change someone’s life forever. Here are a few other reasons:

  • Everyone taking part will be more informed about male cancers, which could save lives;

  • Exercise is good for us and keeps us healthy;

  • You will smile and laugh which is good for our brain and wellbeing;

  • You will help get people out of extreme poverty. 

If ever there was a time to wear your pants with pride (whilst sober) the time is now.

Signing up will take just a couple of minutes…

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