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!

The FCG EPIC Week – Our biggest community wide fundraising event

Today we have launched our  biggest and most inclusive community event to date, The FCG EPIC Week.

The idea of the week-long event is for islanders to take on their own EPIC challenge by doing something they haven’t done before, however big or small. The FCG EPIC Week, which will take place on Monday 10 to Sunday 16 July 2017, very kindly sponsored by First Central Group,  which is the parent company of the UK insurance provider 1st CENTRAL.

The event’s aim is to raise money for Guernsey Mind and This Is EPIC whilst inspiring people of all ages to become more active and take on new challenges.

We have created a selection of swimming, cycling, running and triathlon distances as an example of the different activities individuals or teams can take part during the seven day event. Those who are participating can register online, select their challenge and then personalise their activity to suit their fitness level or interest, encouraging them to push themselves harder than ever before.

FCG are not only the headline sponsors of the event but employees from the FinTech firm have also set themselves a goal, their target is for a team of employees to complete a 2 mile run every day of the week-long event. Employees will be buddying up and training together throughout the weeks leading up to the event and hope they can encourage other businesses to do the same.

We have encouraged a number of primary schools to take part in their own mini five day challenges and hope they can inspire more school children to get active.

This year we wanted to hold an event with the focus primarily on community involvement. We are very grateful for Guernsey’s support with the different challenges we have set ourselves over the past few years. This year, we want people to feel the same thrill we have felt from pushing ourselves outside of our comfort zones, all with the purpose of helping others.” Philip Smith

Since our first challenge in 2014 (7 Marathons in 7 Days) we have raised over £80,000.

The beauty of this event is that it is open to any age and any ability. It doesn’t matter if you walk a mile a day for a week, swim one length or cycle for 15 minutes or do something that takes all day. It is about creating an individual challenge for everyone; I can’t wait to see who gets involved from children to those who are more mature. For us, it’s not just about exercise or being active, it’s about using our challenges as a vehicle to help change as many lives as possible. We have simple objectives; to inspire, to engage the community, educate young people and raise awareness and funds for charities in need.” Warren Mauger

Guernsey Mind is one of the charities that will benefit from the FCG EPIC Week. They will use the funds raised to invest into a community project to provide support services for mental health of adults with Autism and Asperger’s. This Is EPIC will be implementing a new project in the Democratic Republic of Congo and creating 10 new savings and loans groups which will impact more than 2000 people.

FCG Group Operations manager, Lisa Vidamour, said: “We are so excited to be supporting the latest of the EPIC Challenges events. This event not only raises money for Guernsey Mind and the amazing This Is EPIC projects, but inspires many Guernsey folk 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 and encourages people to get active that we find inspiring.

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