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Listen to the challenge of one of our remarkable fundraisers, Lauren Hawley, talking about her feelings after a few months of efforts.
“I started my Crossfit2Kilimanjaro challenge in January and I finally feel like I’m making some headway. I have set myself the task of visiting each of the 95 Crossfit gyms (boxes) in the UK, rowing the height of Kilimanjaro at each box (5895m), then climbing Kilimanjaro in October 2013. I’ve also stopped smoking, which has been surprisingly easy. So far I have visited Northern Ireland, the Midlands, parts of the North West and Scotland and I’ve been overwhelmed by the support received.
Crossfit started in the US and is gradually growing in the UK. If you’re not familiar with it, Crossfit is a strength and conditioning programme, consisting of constantly varied functional movements executed at high intensity.
Workouts (WODs’) and training techniques are programmed to safely and effectively increase your capability in cardio-respiratory endurance, strength, flexibility, stamina, speed, power, accuracy, agility and coordination. Crossfit’s strength is its sense of community, something I’m experiencing first hand as I make my tour of the UK.
Crossfit has also a strong history of supporting military charities and boxes regularly programme ‘Hero WODs’ in memory of soldiers who have lost their lives in combat. As you can imagine, Walking With The Wounded is a charity they are keen to support. As of today I’ve completed 25/95 rows and have the calluses to prove it. Next stop Wigan and the North West, then a tour of the South Coast (twenty six boxes in seven days). Having never rowed more than 500m before this challenge I thought I would be sick of the sight of the Concept 2, but as it turns out, touring and rowing is a great way to spend my spare time and annual leave. Just another seventy plus boxes to go!” – Lauren Hawley, Fundraiser
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