Well done to everyone who took on the Just Get Active (JGA) EPIC Week, it was epic!
The Week came about when we were thinking about what we could do to celebrate a decade in business. We wanted to set ourselves a challenge and to give back to the community. After talking with Phillip Smith from This is EPIC and Pete Beausire from the Priaulx Premature Baby Foundation we created the JGA EPIC Week – a week-long event that encouraged our entire community to embrace an active lifestyle while supporting the two fantastic charities.
From 11th to 17th September, our community came together to set their own active challenges for the week, whether it was a walk, swim, cycle, or any physical activity. Individuals, groups, and even corporates took part and every effort counted.
Our own JGA team completed a 5k run after work, followed by a post-run sea swim. But we didn’t stop there. We couldn’t host an epic week without doing something truly epic. A huge congratulations goes to our director, James Gavey, our technician, Martin Savident, along with Phillip Smith and Pete Beausire for rowing the equivalent of a marathon on a static rower, every single day for seven consecutive days!
This incredible feat of endurance and dedication took place in the Market Square. Although Martin unfortunately fell ill on the final day, he had already completed a staggering six marathons in six days. Martin Savident, who has undergone multiple operations and treatment to recover from cancer, undertook the rowing marathon challenge with a smile on his face throughout. It was a gruelling challenge, but with unwavering support from the community, both online and in person, they kept pushing forward. James completed 24.5 hours of rowing in the week. When we tallied up their combined efforts, they rowed an astonishing 1,139,265 meters between them.
James said: “I’m still suffering and feeling the effects but it was such a good cause for two amazing charities with so much money raised. It is an experience I will remember forever.”
We’re very grateful to everyone who got involved. 60 individuals took on diverse challenges. Jude, a remarkable 9-year-old, swam from Castle Cornet to the Bathing Pools every day. With £1,250 raised, Jude was one of our biggest fundraisers! Vikki Hammond set a goal to run 5k everyday but went even further and on her last day ran 10k.
Other challenges included one hour of exercise each day, cycling to work, seven sprint triathlons, seven holes of golf each day, swimming a mile open water each day, 1,000 pressups with 100 burpees and a seven-mile run in under two hours every day, seven days of weightlifting – the list goes on!
Eight corporate teams also took part. The Royal Court completed continuous laps around the court area relay-style for a staggering seven hours, Mourant conquered their stairs daily and Swoffers took on a sprint version of their recent Swoffathon – a back-to-front triathlon, for seven days to name a few.
With your support, so many challenges were smashed including our fundraising target. We have raised over £20,000! So, to all the participants, regardless of the challenge you set yourself – you were EPIC! Thank you!
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