Betway CI Sports Personality of the Year Awards

Warren and I had the honour and privilege last night of attending the Betway CI Sports Personality of the Year Awards. We were kindly invited along by ITV, under the premiss of answering a few questions on sport and challenges, little did we know that we had actually been selected for an award by the judges, but more on that later.

We have to be honest, it felt a little uncomfortable sitting alongside amazing sportsmen and sportswomen, who are competing at the top of their game, outstanding coaches, as well as volunteers that have been supporting sport in the islands for decades. Warren and I do not see ourselves as sportsmen, we tend not to look at ourselves as athletes either, we are just a couple of guys that have found a purpose in challenging the bodies and minds to got to the extremes to help and inspire others. We didn’t know what to expect last night in terms of the event, but we had a great evening and our eyes were opened wide to the talent we have in the Channel Islands.

In the sporting arena in Guernsey, and I think you can extend this to Jersey too, you often hear the term “punching above our weight“, usually in reference to a team or an individual competing. From the conversations and stories shared last night I don’t think we should be allowed to use that phrase any more in the Channel Islands, it is time to believe in ourselves.

The talent in the Channel Islands is incredible, we are not punching above our weight. We appear to simply have individuals and teams pushing themselves to be the best they can be.

We are extremely lucky to have such easy access to a broad range of sports and activities in the Channel Islands, something we all probably take for granted now and again. A combination of landscape, scenery, facilities, organisers, volunteers and coaches ensures the islands are fertile places for developing talent. When Warren I were in training for our 7in7 and EPIC48 events we went through some tough training periods, but the stories last night really inspired us, guys and girls who are training 6 to 8 times a week, who have been doing it for years and are pushing themselves to be the best they can be. That’s the inspiring bit, people making that personal choice and commitment to push themselves to be the best they can be, and we appear to have lots of them across the islands.

When you add that into the more informal activities taking place, the running groups that go out each week, the bike rides organised each weekend, along with all the other activities taking place on a weekly basis in the Channel Islands we have a unique community and one that we should be very proud of. It is also an area that can help the Channel Islands continue to prosper, when you look at challenges such as physical and mental health, the role activity and sport plays is a critical one in creating a healthy and thriving community.

As mentioned at the start of this post, we were somewhat duped into attending the awards, thinking they had us confused with sportspeople to answer a few questions. It was only when they ran the VT for the  RaceNation Charitable Achievement Award that we saw out feet pounding treadmills that the penny dropped. We were genuinely shocked at receiving the award and had no idea it was coming. It was both a joy and an emotional struggle to see the video from the team at The HUB and the impact of the Sunflower Project, where they continue to help children and families who have suffered bereavement. And we know that the projects in Uganda and the DRC with This Is EPIC continue to change thousands of lives.

We love what we do, it all comes down to ‘the why’, what we call ‘purpose’. It feels good to push the body and mind to places that you have never been before, but it is even better to see the positive impact from it, to see lives change and to others push themselves and take on new challenges.

Thank you to everyone for the kind words and support, as much as it is uncomfortable for us we really appreciate it and inspires us to go further and push harder. We were asked several times last night the worrying question of “What next?” Well, 2016 won’t hold any major challenges, that is being saved for 2017, but 2016 will include our Moonlight Marathon, as well as a set of local events in the Summer, hopefully working with our good friend Robert Young, aka MarathonManUK.

5 Runners. 5 Treadmills. 48 hours. 691.76 Miles.

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We realised this week that we hadn’t formally updated everyone on the records distances and other highlights from the EPIC48 World Record Weekend in Guernsey.

First of all, and most importantly, our fund-raising figure is currently at £27,000.

An amazing effort and donations are still coming in and with 8 treadmills to sell and a luxury bed raffle, we’re aiming to break through £40,000 in the next few weeks.
It was such an incredible weekend, we still can’t believe the atmosphere in the final couple of hours, and especially the last 30 minutes, it was a real party atmosphere.
We’ve outlined the individual distances, World Records, GB Records and other highlights from the weekend.

Individual Distances

  • Adam: 183.86 miles
  • Philip: 131 miles
  • Warren: 118 miles
  • Abi 111.9 miles
  • Robert: 147 miles
Total Combined Mileage: 691.76 miles

World Records Broken*

  • Adam Holland broke the world record for the men’s half marathon by 22 seconds in 1 hour, 10 minutes and 20 seconds.
  • Abi Schofield broke the world record for the women’s marathon on a treadmill in 4 hours 6 minutes 2 seconds.
  • Adam Holland broke the World Record for 50 miles, running it in 5 hours 51 minutes and 41 seconds, and beating the current WR by 5mins 50 secs.
  • Adam Holland broke the 6 hour World Record (distance to be confirmed)

British Records Broken*

  • Adam Holland broke the British Record for 12 hours by running 79.06 miles, beating the current record of 65.4 miles.
  • Abi Schofield broke the woman’s British Record for the Half-marathon on a treadmill by 9 seconds, running it in 1 hour 33 minutes and 52 seconds.
  • Adam Holland broke the British record for 48 hours on a treadmill by 1.86 miles, by running 183.86 miles.
  • Abi Schofield broke the woman’s British treadmill 24 hour record by running over 77 miles in 24 hours.
  • Adam Holland broke the British record for 100KM (details to be confirmed)
*Please note that all records are currently going through the validation process

Other Highlights

  • 4 of the top 6 in Great British treadmill distances in 48 hours now include 4 of the EPIC48 runners, Adam in 1st, Robert in 4th, Philip in 5th and Warren in 6th.
  • Adam’s 12 hour distance puts him 10th in the world overall for 12 hours on a treadmill
  • Adam’s 48 hour distance puts him 8th in the world overall for 48 hours on a treadmill
  • Roberts 48 hour distance puts him 12th in the world overall for 48 hours on a treadmill
  • Philips 48 hour distance puts him 15th in the world overall for 48 hours on a treadmill
  • Warrens 48 hour distance puts him 16th in the world overall for 48 hours on a treadmill
  • Abi’s 48 hour distance puts her 5th in the world overall for 48 hours on a treadmill
  • Abi’s 48 hour distance puts her 3rd in Great Britain overall for 48 hours on a treadmill

“Don’t be afraid to fail, be afraid not to try.” Michael Jordan

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EPIC – Empowering People to Inspire Change

“If you always put limits on everything you do, physical or anything else. It will spread into your work and into your life. There are no limits. There are only plateaus, and you must not stay there, you must go beyond them.”  

Bruce Lee

I sit here a few days after completing the toughest physical and mental challenge I have ever taken on reflecting on the experience, the dark times, the funny times, the inspiring times and the life changing times of EPIC48.

When Warren and I came up with the idea around 10 months ago we never imagined that we would create effectively a party in the middle of Market Square, which would include 5 people running on treadmills for 48 hours. During organising the event we hit so many logistical headaches and obstacles but with the help of the Guernsey community and some great new friends in the UK we were able to sit back the day before the event, with the site set-up complete and realise that all we had to do now was run…run for 48 hours.

My training had included runs up to around 15/16 hours in length and 60+ miles in distance, so I knew that up to this time and distance I was still operating in the ‘known’. Beyond this time and distance I was going into the unknown in terms of how the body and mind would react and whether it would behave or not.

I’m not going to share about the running experience in this post as I am still processing the experience and impact, but I want to share about a few things that happened over the weekend, which for me, inspired me continue to put one foot in front of the other and keep moving forward.

You are going to read this a lot from me, but the core of the EPIC48 challenge wasn’t about running or records. It was about helping change lives and inspiring others along the way.

On the Friday we had an amazing delivery of EPIC Cupcakes. A few schoolgirls (with a little help from their mum) baked a huge number of cupcakes and brought them down to the event. The girls also made posters for us to put on the treadmills such as “Never Give Up” and “Keep Going”. No one asked them to do this, they simply did it because they are awesome kids.

The girls were really interested in chatting to Abi Schofield and I heard a story of one of the conversations, a young girl was talking to Abi about running and saying that she wasn’t that great at running but enjoyed swimming. Abi explained to her that she started with swimming then got into running. The young girl then went away with a beaming smile and let her Mum know that “she could do it because Abi started with swimming.”

We were running a team challenge alongside us where teams of up to 5 people would run on treadmills for 4 hour slots. One of the teams included a young lad called Theo, Theo is a local hero in my eyes. There he was next to me on the treadmill, ramping it up to 5mph (faster than I was going at that point) and he gave us such encouragement by just being involved and giving us high-fives and ‘thumbs up’ every few minutes.

Forgive me for not remembering if it was the Saturday or Sunday, but we had 3 young children that saved their pocket money, came down to Market Square and put every single penny of it into one of our donation buckets. No one forced them or suggested them to do it, they did it because they wanted to help others and it was very humbling that our event provided them kids the opportunity to do this at such a young age.

We had a young girl on Sunday (Abi) who was desperate to meet and chat to Abi Schofield. Her parents brought her down towards the end of the event and she had a good chat with Abi Schofield. I bumped into the young girls Dad on Monday after the event who told me that his daughter had gone to bed on Sunday evening saying “I’m going to be a world record breaker”.

The final couple of hours on Sunday were like a party, the atmosphere was incredible and not what we expected. We had such a range of people from the Guernsey community, people were cheering, high-fiving, hugging, clapping and dancing, it was incredible.

This is why we take on these crazy challenges.

This is why we keep moving forward when our bodies are on the limit of breaking and giving up.

This is why we won’t stop here.

Thank you everyone for your crazy support.

#NeverGiveUp

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The Road To EPIC48

1,792.66 miles run

82,119 ft of elevation gained

201,088 calories burnt

7 pairs of trainers used and abused

A few statistics since I stared training for the EPIC48 World Record Challenge around 10 months ago. It has been a long journey in terms of both training and organising the event for Warren and I.

Lots of people have asked me in recent days how I am feeling and how training has gone / is going. On the training side it’s a difficult process, with marathon training you can put together a 16 week training schedule. The schedule is likely to include a few runs of 20 miles, and maybe a 22 miler in there as well. For the 48 Hour challenge we have not been able to get too close to the scale of the challenge, we’ve incorporated a night-time marathon and then 12 hours on a treadmill to see how our bodies and minds react on a couple of hours sleep.

We’ve made sure we have included several Ultra-Marathons (any distance over the 26.2 miles), the longest of which being the Saffery Champness Rotary Walk at 38.65 miles. The interesting thing for me is that wI have only spent 20 hours on a treadmill across 2 separate runs, most of my training has been done on the Guernsey roads or the cliffs.

1,700+ miles of training may sound a lot, but with 5 days to go to the EPIC48 event you still question whether that is enough, you question whether you should have spent longer on a treadmill or a few more nights of getting up at 1am for a run. But, all of that is done now, and the big event is just 5 days away.

In terms of how I am feeling, to be honest, last week I was pretty nervous and was having moments of doubt about all things from training to actually surviving the event. This week I have realised that the main thing is going to be to enjoy the event, and to savour every minute of a unique event that will help change thousands of lives in a positive way.

It has been a huge journey already with the training and organising and we have seen the best of humanity and the Guernsey community come together to help us host the event. We have over 25 sponsors and a team of over 50 volunteers that will help the vent run smoothly and verify the world record attempt for Guinness World Records.

So, after all the organising and training it now comes down to running for 48 hours and raising £100,000 for some amazing causes. All of the money raised will go directly to the following charity projects:

  1. The Hub, through, the Sunflower Project, support children and families who have experienced bereavement or are living with someone they love having a serious illness.  The project has supported over 100 families in Guernsey since launching last year and the support has been invaluable.

  2. This Is EPIC, help people living in extreme poverty in Africa through Village Savings and loans projects. The aim is to impact over 7,000 people through implementing new Village Savings and Loans groups in the Democratic Republic of Congo with the funds raised from EPIC48.

  3. NSPPC, the money raised will fund many projects which aim to either prevent child abuse happening or to help those who have already been abused.

  4. Dreams Come True, the money raised will help children with serious and life-limiting illnesses have a special wish realised for them.

If you are inspired by what we are attempting and want to help change lives then please support our challenge by donating. Any amount will help us change lives through the charities we are supporting.

To access our Just Giving page please click on the image below. Thank you so much for your support.

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Nutrition and a 48 hour run

Earlier this year Warren and Philip asked whether I would be interested in providing nutrition advice for their EPIC48 World Record Challenge. They understood the importance of getting their nutrition right, both in training and during the event, however it was an area they hadn’t explored in great detail. Granted Warren and Philip are not ‘typical’ clients that I see in practice and this challenge is somewhat ‘off piste’, however it’s been a real pleasure working with them and developing a nutrition approach for such an intense challenge.  For those that have asked here is a summary of their nutritional journey to date.

Nutrition and Training

First off I asked the Philip and Warren to complete my questionnaire and food diary to help identify any nutrient deficiencies and/or imbalances. Luckily the guys were in good shape and credit where it’s due they were eating pretty well. However there were some changes to make in preparation for the 48 hour work record challenge.

Fats and Protein

I found they were both relying too heavily on carbohydrates as a source of fuel and advised them to increase their consumption of healthy fats, to include oily fish, nuts, seeds, avocado, coconut and olive oil. I wanted the guys to become less dependent on a constant supply of glucose (sugar), which only ends up saturating the blood with insulin and has adverse health consequences. By increasing dietary fat intake, fat metabolism is enhanced and the body also becomes more efficient at utilising carbohydrates. Secondly I wanted them to increase their intake of good quality proteins, not only does protein provide the building blocks for all biological processes , it helps slow down the release of sugar into the bloodstream, avoiding sugar spikes and crashes for more sustained energy release.

Carbohydrates

In terms of carbohydrates it’s still key for Philip and Warren to include them in their training plan to ensure their glycogen stores are always replenished, however I suggested they switch to whole grains for a slower release of glucose. I tried to steer the guys away from refined carbohydrates such as white bread, white pasta, white rice, pastries, biscuits etc since these products are stripped of fibre, and suggested they replace such foods with rye bread, wholegrain rice and pasta, quinoa, oats, buckwheat and sweet potato. As well as being rich in fibre to support digestion whole grains are packed full of B vitamins and magnesium, which are key nutrients for energy production .

Micronutrients – The Nutribullet

Before I met the guys, the word Nutribullet didn’t carry much meaning, however it’s now a household favourite! I advised them to invest in a Nutribullet to up their micronutrient intake whilst training and to create their own sports drinks for the event.

Philip and Warren have both shied away from energy drinks and gels, which I believe to be sensible, since they only provide a short term energy fix and contribute to blood sugar imbalance. However we needed to find a replacement drink to meet their electrolytes needs, which is where the  Nutribullet came in.  They’ve been experimenting with various combinations of the following ingredients with great success!

  • fruit – high in vitamin C, levels of which are depleted during exercise

  • hydrating green vegetables (cucumber, celery)

  • magnesium rich green vegetables (kale, spinach)

  • potassium rich foods (avocado, bananas)

  • nuts – the powerhouse of nutrients, also contains good quality fats and protein

  • ground flaxseeds and chia seeds – rich in omega 3 fatty acids, chia seeds are also hydrating

  • oats for slow release carbohydrates

  • coconut water for electrolyte content

  • protein powder

  • salt

Nutrition and The Event

Over the 48 hours it is estimated that their energy expenditure will be around 11,000 calories per 100 miles, nearly 29,000 in total if they break the world record. Realistically Warren and Philip will only be taking on about 6,000 calories per 100 miles which is why it’s been so important to get their bodies better adjusted to lipolysis, the breakdown of fats for energy production, in the lead up.

The guys are going to have a set of scales at the event and will be regularly weighing themselves, ideally their body weight shouldn’t fluctuate beyond a few percent. Through breathing and sweating alone it’s estimated they will lose 2-4 litre of water an hour, therefore replenishing  fluids and keeping hydrated is going to be crucial!

At the same time overhydrating is also problem, leading to hypernatremia, low sodium levels, which is why their weight will be monitored closely. I’ve suggested they also take on extra sodium during the event, in the form of  salt tablets, or added to their Nutribullets. They can  also add salt flakes to their homemade flapjacks and energy bites which will contain fats, protein and carbohydrates.

Philip and Warren have put their nutrition plan, as described above, into practice during their lead up challenges with great results!  Now the task is to repeat this for 48 hours!

If you have some time free over the 4th, 5th and 6th September then please head down to Market Square to support them. They are great guys taking on an ‘epic’ challenge which most importantly is for a fantastic cause – GOOD LUCK!!!

Claire Mahy

Claire Mahy Nutrition

A brutal training run.

It’s the morning after our longest run to date and time for a bit of reflection.

We had always planned a treadmill run outside Waitrose in Guernsey as this would be a great opportunity to raise awareness of our challenge, fundraise as well as spend a good few hours on a treadmill. In the week leading up to the Waitrose Training Day, Warren suggested adding in a night-time marathon prior to running on treadmills for 12 hours and of course we went ahead with that suggestion.

At 2am in the early hours of Saturday morning Warren and I set-off for our marathon around Guernsey. Amazingly we were joined by Danny Le Prevost and Stuart Moseley who wanted to keep us company and take on the marathon themselves. We were very lucky with the weather, a beautiful clear night, with the temperature rising to about 15 deg by 6am. The peace of the west coast took our minds off the lack of sleep and distance, and as we came round to Guernsey Airport we were met by Nicola Smith, Cath Birnie and Kevin Kreckler, who ran the last 5 or 6 miles with us.

We were aiming to complete the marathon in 5 hours, a nice gentle pace with a bit of body management as we had 12 hours on treadmills in front of us. We got back to our starting point (Waitrose Admiral Park car park) at 6:35, which meant we had completed the marathon in 4 hours 35 minutes, 25 minutes faster than we had planned! As the support runners headed off for some well earned breakfast Warren and I rested up at Waitrose, changed clothes, our physio, Guthrie Steer, went to work on us and we treated ourselves to a double espresso and a breakfast.

It was now onto the treadmills. Our previous longest training run on treadmills was 8 hours inside the Intersport Guernsey store in early July. Below are the key lessons that we learnt from yesterday’s training run.

  1. Running on treadmills is harder than road or trail running – we kind of knew this already, but yesterday just accentuated it. We’d spent 4 and a half hours running on the road and that felt comfortable, you have to adjust your running style / form when you are on a treadmill.

  2. Marginal gains matter – the slightest changes made a big difference. Even down to more regular changes of socks, which felt like putting on new feet, can make a big difference.

  3. Listen to the team around you – we are very lucky to have some great people around us covering physical and nutritional support. Listening to their advice helped us get through over 15 hours of running without any long-term damage to ourselves.

  4. Heat can be an issue – the weather yesterday was more suited for a day at the beach rather than a day on a treadmill. Up until about 2pm we were in the shade, then the sun was on us for the last 5-6 hours of the day. This had a huge impact on performance and luckily we’ll be inside a marquee in September for the 48 hour challenge.

  5. Developing a pace and run/walk strategy is going to be vital – we can’t just go into the 48 hour challenge hoping to survive it without thinking about how we manage our bodies. We knew this, and yesterday was a great test of how we changed our pace throughout the day to manage the impact on our bodies.

  6. Lack of sleep was interesting – we had a couple of ‘funny’ moments throughout the day were our minds weren’t working as effectively as they normally do. Whilst they had comedy value during the run yesterday, over a longer period they could present real difficulties in the 48 hour challenge.

  7. It’s going to be a mental battle as well as physical – several times throughout the day our bodies were saying “ok, that’s enough, this is picking a bit” yet our minds had to ignore this, whether that was through chatting to people to ignore the pain or quietly saying to our bodies “be quiet and keep going”.

  8. We saw the best in humanity and it kept us going – the support we received outside Waitrose and on social media was incredible. It really helped us to continue to put one foot in front of the other and keep moving forward. We’re taking on these crazy challenges to help change lives, to bring hope to hopeless situations and to see people thrive, who without the support of the charities involved may never have had that opportunity. People yesterday were so interested in hearing about the charities we are supporting and we had so many people chat to us about our challenge. This genuinely helped us through the day, so thank you Guernsey for being yet again, being epic.

We finished our run after hitting a total of just over 60 miles, this was 26.2 miles for the Marathon, plus a further 35 on the treadmills. Both Warren and I were a little disappointed with the distance run on the treadmills, but we had the challenge of the heat, as well as a couple of minor injuries to manage in the last 4 hours of the run. On reflection, our average training week has been around 60-70 miles over the last 12 months, and yesterday we ran that in 15.5 hours, so we should be pleased. And even more importantly, we raised a load of cash from the very generous Guernsey public!

If you like what we are doing and believe in helping the amazing charities we are supporting then please donate to our fundraising campaign.

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Taking on our longest run to date

This weekend Philip Smith and Warren Mauger will be completing a night-time round-the-island marathon, very closely followed by a 12 hour run on treadmills outside of Waitrose Admiral Park on Saturday 8 August 2015.

Starting at 2:00am, Philip and Warren have set themselves a target of completing finishing the marathon at the Waitrose Admiral Park store at around 7am. This will give the guys time for a short rest, some breakfast, before taking on a further 12 hours of running.

They are aiming to run over 50 miles each on treadmills, making this the duo’s longest training (over 75 miles in one day) run before the EPIC48 world record challenge in Market Square, St Peter Port on the 4th, 5th and 6th September.

As well as being a training day, representatives from The HUB and This Is EPIC will be at Admiral Park to help with fundraising and talk about how the money raised will be used to change lives.

Whilst Philip and Warren are training in Guernsey, Robert Young, Adam Holland and Abi Schofield – their EPIC48 running partners – will be holding a similar event running on treadmills in a Peterborough Gym in the UK.

Philip and Warren have run over 1500 miles each since they began training in February, and in fact, the pair haven’t really stopped running since their 7 Marathons in 7 Days challenge in August 2014.

“This will be our last chance to perfect our running and nutrition strategies before the challenge in September. It’s a huge test and it will really push us but we need to practise running in the night whilst fatigued,” said Mr Smith.

“It’s also an opportunity for people to come and find out more about why we are doing the event and donate if they wish.”

You can follow Philip and Warren’s preparations via www.epicchallenges.gg.

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Top 10 Lessons Learnt From 8 Hours on a Treadmill

On Saturday 11th July, Philip and Warren spent 8 hours running on a treadmill inside the Intersport Guernsey store. The guys ran a combined distance of 76 miles, in this post Philip and Warren share the top 10 lessons learnt from their longest training run yet.

Warren 

1. Nutrition – Eating and drinking at the right times is going to be critical. On Saturday this went well and we got the approach right over the 8 hours, this was very much down to the advice from Nutritionist Claire Mahy. However, what will be hard is to maintain discipline over the 48 hours when our minds are failing, it will be very easy to forget to eat and head into a downward spiral fast.

2. Time – 48 hours is a crazy amount of time to do anything, how did I get into this!

3. The Dark Moments – The nighttime is going to be really hard, when it gets cold, dark and quiet, those are when the hardest times will arrive during the challenge.

4. Run-Walk Strategy – I will probably walk more than I expect to, but walking fast felt harder than than running slow on the treadmill. I have a strategy, but after 6 hours this fell apart a bit, I need to keep the discipline if I’m going to survive the 48 hours.

5. Enjoy It – We must try and relax and enjoy it, the time will go quicker.

Philip

1. Treadmills – I don’t train on treadmills, I always train on the road or cliffs, I don’t like running on treadmills. This will bring it’s challenges during the 48 hours!

2. Hydration – In the 8 hours on a treadmill I drank over 5 litres of water / coconut water. Staying hydrated, with the right liquids, is going to be key during the EPIC 48 challenge.

3. A change of socks – I changed my socks after 4 hours, this was heaven. It might not sound nice but after 4 hours running my socks felt like wet flannels!

4. Nutrition – Thankfully I got the nutrition right during the 8 hour training run. Nutribullets have transformed my approach to nutrition and will be key in the EPIC 48 challenge.

5. Smile – Despite tough moments during the 8 hours (including forgetting that I had set the treadmill on an incline for 1.5 hours!) enjoying it and chatting to the amazing people that had taken time out of their day to come and see us helped the difficult times and made time pass pretty quickly.

Unique Sponsorship Opportunities

We know that the title of this blog may sound a little cliche, but we genuinley do have some amazing and unique sponsorship opportunities linked to our EPIC48 World Record Challenge.
On Friday 4th, Saturday 5th and Sunday 6th September, Market Square in Guernsey is going to be transformed into a ‘World Record Fest’ as local lads (who love a challenge) Philip Smith and Warren Mauger will be attempting to break the INDIVIDUAL world record for the furthest distance run n a treadmill in 48 hours. They guys will be joined by the awesome Robert Young, Abi Schofield and Adam Holland from the UK who will also be going for the world record. The world record currently sits at 251.79 miles, yes, that means that EACH runner will be aiming to run just under 10 marathons in one weekend.
But…the purpose is not the world record, the purpose is to help change lives by raising £100,000 for charity and to also inspire people along the way that we are all more capable, both mentally and physically, than we think we are.
The event is going to be a once in a lifetime event in Guernsey, a unique world record attempt, aiming for a huge fundraising total and taking over a wonderful town centre location for a weekend.
We have two amazing sponsorship opportunities for businesses, they are outlined below:

1. Treadmill Sponsorship

Gym Fitness in the UK are providing us with high-quality treadmills for the world record weekend. They need to be the right specification to operate without issue for 48 hours. The treadmills usually retail at over £3,000 each, Gym Fitness are providing them to the event at cost price, which is £2,000. We are looking for sponsorship for each treadmill from businesses. The sponsorship cost is £2,000, this will provide the business or organisation with front-line brand awareness through the event. The treadmills will be ‘centre-stage’ and each sponsored treadmill will have the sponsors branding on the front of the treadmill, in full view of everyone, it will be in very picture and television coverage. If you are interested in sponsoring a critical aspect of the world record weekend please contact Philip at philip@thisisepic.gg or Warren at warren@spikeproductions.co.uk.

2. Donation Envelope Sponsorship

Guernsey Post have kindly offered to post a ‘freepost donation envelope’ to every single house in Guernsey a week before the event. This will provide every household in Guernsey with the opportunity to donate to the EPIC48 World Record Challenge. We will be printing 31,000 envelopes and we are looking for a partner to sponsor the printing of the donation envelopes. The cost of the sponsorship for the donation envelopes is £1,750, in return the sponsor will be able to have their logo and company information on every single envelope, which will end up in every single house in Guernsey. This is a unique brand awareness opportunity for a Guernsey business. If you are interested in partnering with us on this unique sponsorship opportunity please contact Philip at philip@thisisepic.gg or Warren at warren@spikeproductions.co.uk.
We have already been overwhelmed by the support we have received from businesses and organisations. We want to change as many lives as possible through the EPIC48 world record challenge and support of the two sponsorship opportunities above will play a huge part in the team making it a life changing event for thousands of people.

Guernsey Cliffs + Guernsey Dairy Half Marathon

Today was another training milestone for Warren and I. A few weeks ago, when we both entered the Guernsey Dairy Half Marathon event, Warren came up with the bright idea of a cliff run before the half-marathon, just to add a few extra miles to the run. I had the even brighter idea of saying “Yes, lets do it”.

At 5:15am this morning two tired runners met at the foot of the cliff paths in St Peter Port, Guernsey. We felt prepared, we had our natural protein bars and Nakd bars, along with a litre of coconut water each as well as 2 litres of water in our back packs. We set off on the cliffs at a steady pace, with the cloud cover it felt very muggy. And then it got a little more challenging. Unfortunately a stomach bug started to get the better of me around Moulin Huet, which made the cliffs feels 10 times worse than they are – and they are tough when your feeling 100%.

It was a combination of trying to win a huge mental and physical battle, along with some very good (Rocky Balboa like) encouragement from Warren that meant I was able to finish the cliffs and make it to the start line of the Guernsey Dairy Half Marathon.

With 15 miles on the clock already I wondered whether trying to add 13.1 miles to the total was a sensible move, especially with how I was feeling. The atmosphere at the start of the race was great and the adrenaline kicked in, not running was no longer an option. The Guernsey running community is a fantastic one, very inclusive, right level of competition and definitely the right level of everyone running because they simply enjoy it.

Thankfully we didn’t have too long a wait at the start line, a quick change of trainers (from Trail into the Natural), a change of t-shirt and we were ready for the half marathon. The course is a beautiful stretch along the west coast, round the north of the island, around the Bridge and the final few miles along the east coast back into St Peter Port.

Warren and I weren’t running for a particular time, it was about getting more miles and hours on feet ‘under the belt’ as we train for our EPIC48 World Record weekend in September. We were feeling good, I say good – I probably mean ok, up to around 10 miles, then the heat started to kick-in with Warren and both of us underestimated the need for further food towards the end of the half marathon. The support along the whole route was great, lots of people clapping, shouting words of encouragement and cheering you on.

The finish line was a very nice sight, we both needed it. after 28.5 miles we were feeling the strain and a little bit of pain. But much like the Saffery Champness Rotary Walk it was another good learning experience about out mental toughness, nutritional requirements and pace strategy. The picture at the start of this post only tells the story of the last 100 yards, joy at seeing the finish line (thanks to Phil Nicolle for the picture!). A big well done to the team behind the Guernsey Dairy Half Marathon and well done to every single runner, there seemed to be a bunch of PB’s set today!

The money raised from our EPIC 48 World Record Challenge will support the following charities and projects:

  1. The Hub, through the Sunflower Project support children and families who have experienced bereavement or are living with someone they love having a serious illness.  The project has supported over 100 families since launching last year and the support has been invaluable.
  2. This Is EPIC, Help people living in extreme poverty in Africa through Village Savings and loans projects. The aim is to impact over 7,000 people through implementing new Village Savings and Loans groups as a result of the fundraising in 2015.
  3. NSPPC, Fund many projects which aim to either prevent child abuse happening or to help those who have already been abused.
  4. Dreams Come True, Help children with serious and life-limiting illnesses to have a special wish realised for them.

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