A Respectable Second Created on 23/06/2011 11:25:00
Gary Medlow, Managing Director of Fasset the company that manage the Havant based Langstone Technology Park, was most unusually happy with second place in the recent Wightlink Wight Challenge – and that is unheard of!
After months of training, two Fasset sponsored teams of three challengers (along with 27 other teams) set out on the infamous cycling, running and canoeing charity event - that proved to be a challenge and a half.
Raising money in support of the charity Wessex Heartbeat, the teams embarked on a grueling 20-mile mountain bike ride, 3-mile open canoe stretch and finish with an 8-mile run. In order to qualify for a position, each team member must compete and complete all three challenges.
Gary’s along with his teammates, Stephen Roberts and George Turner of Emsworth based Innovation Fitness. George had devised and overseen the training programme to ensure everyone was ready both mentally and physically for what was in store on the day. George commented: “The event was a challenge of epic proportions and I wanted to ensure that everyone was as ready as they could be. The guys on the teams had real determination and I was never in any doubt that everyone would finish. My day to day job is physical fitness and personal training but even I was pushed to the edge – it was exhausting but rewarding, well done everyone!”
Coming overall second was fantastic for the team whose first attempt at the challenge was more than respectable. They were beaten to the finish by a team who had won the challenge for the previous three years, so you could argue that they had a slight advantage.
Medlow was exhausted at the end and thrilled with the finish times: “This challenge pushed us to the limit and some! The training paid off though as we stayed determined, strong and focused - it is certainly not in my nature to throw the towel in. It’s a fantastic challenge, raising awareness and much needed funds for an excellent local charity. I was absolutely delighted with second place – and already looking forward to doing it all again in reverse in September.”
For the first five years, the Wight Challenge supported Dreams Come True Charity, and handed over a total of £55,224. This enabled 26 dreams to come true for seriously or terminally ill children. Their details are below. Since 2009, the Wight Challenge has been supporting Wessex Heartbeat at Southampton General Hospital. Wessex Heartbeat is dedicated to providing support to the Wessex Cardiac Centre, its patients and their loved ones so they can receive the best possible care in a centre of excellence.