Inzpire Team Preparing to Take Part in ‘The Wall’ 2016

Six Colleagues Taking Part in The Wall ‘Rat Race’ Challenge

The Wall

A team of personnel from across Inzpire will be taking part in ‘The Wall’ Rat Race in June 2016 to raise money for a number of chosen charities.

Jonny Priest (Head of Helicopter Services), Chris Raynes (Apache CQHI), Alex Mitchell (Sales Executive), Jim Mulholland (Principal Contract Manager), Sophie Paul (Intelligence and Cyber SME) and Rich Havercroft (Head of Support Services), will be taking on the 69 mile challenge which starts in Carlisle and ends 24 hours later in Newcastle.

With the event happening on the 18th June – just two days before the Summer Solstice – participants will have 24 hours to complete the challenge and make the most of the daylight. Navigating terrain that reaches more than 1000ft above sea level, the team will have to pass through 4 pit stops, climb and descend several peaks and take in to account hydration and nutrition.

Participants were given the opportunity to choose their own charities and picked Macmillan, Combat Stress and the Alzheimer’s Society. To continue our corporate partnership with them, the Jon Egging Trust will also benefit from our fundraising. Empowering participants to pick their own charities meant that they could choose something that was personal to them, providing them with even more motivation to finish the challenge!

Training is well underway for the run, although it hasn’t started well for Chris Raynes, who has damaged his ankle and is now facing an enforced rest period. On the reasons behind signing up for the event, Chris explained: “Having recently completed a second Tough Mudder the banter quickly ensued to sign up for another. In true military fashion the stakes were quickly upped with tongue in cheek challenge offered by myself to Jonny. What I didn’t anticipate was that firstly he would accept and secondly, pester me into submission to sign up”

Chris is another of our runners who will be fundraising for Macmillan. “This challenge offers me the perfect opportunity to achieve something in memory of my Dad who sadly lost the fight against cancer a few years ago. It will hopefully enable me to raise money for the amazing organisation which provided both he and my mother with immeasurable support. To that end I will be running for Macmillan”.

The rest of the team, however, are following their own training programmes, tracking all of their miles and making regular visits to Physiotherapists and Sports Masseurs! Inzpire’s Head of Helicopter Services, Jonny Priest, is no stranger to physical challenges. He has competed Tough Mudder runs and is a keen cyclist. However, on the prospect of a 69 mile run, JP said: “I am not built for running, at any pace and ordinarily would shy away from this. Previously I have done some cycling for charity but have never taken on a long run, which for me really will be a mental challenge as much as a physical one”

JP, does however have a particular reason for taking up the challenge this year. He explains: “My Mother is currently undergoing treatment for Cancer at Hinchingbrooke Hospital in Cambridgeshire. The Macmillan charity is an amazing supporter of people like Mum and her fellow sufferers throughout the nation and is supporting the building of a new treatment centre at Hinchingbrooke. “My Mother has been, and continues to be, an inspiration as she gets on with beating the disease without a fuss, so it seems the least I can do to take on something that I really do not enjoy and to really push myself for my Mother and Macmillan”

Alex, who has chosen to split his money jointly between the Alzheimer’s Society and Macmillan, is making his first appearance in a competitive run. “Having never taken a part in a 5k fun run, half marathon or full marathon before now, it seemed only logical to select an ultra-marathon as my first (and long over-due) fundraising activity”, he said. “Having seen a number of family members and close family friends battle cancer over the years, and knowing the excellent work that Macmillan do and the support they provide to cancer sufferers throughout the UK I couldn’t think of a more worthy cause. I will also be running in an effort to raise money for the Alzheimer’s Society, a disease which has sadly affected my grandfather, who has been a great mentor to me throughout my life”.

Alex is now running regularly, and has noticed a marked increase in his fitness, despite being initially unsure as to whether he had what it takes to complete the challenge: “whilst my first outdoor ventures only served to heighten the scale of what both myself and the rest of the Inzpire team will face next June, my legs have now awoken and are getting used to taking me further than the distance from my flat to my car and my car to the office. Whilst I know how incredibly difficult the next 7 months will be, I feel quietly confident that together we have what it takes”

Look out for updates from all of the Inzpire participants over the coming months, and information on how you can support their fundraising efforts to make all of their efforts worthwhile!

Image courtesy of Andy McCandish.