100km for £10k: Pro2col team’s ‘Jurassic’ charity target

A six-strong Pro2col team will tackle the Jurassic Coast Ultra Challenge in June, raising £10k for a range of good causes.

Starting in Poole and ending in Bridport, it’s a demanding 100km walk passing the picturesque Corfe Castle, traversing the steep terrain around Lulworth Cove and Durdle Door, then along the coastline to Chessil Beach and the famous sandstone cliffs of West Bay.

“Whilst it’s quite a distance that’s only half of the problem,” explained Pro2col MD James Lewis. “The Jurassic coast is a bit hilly! Over the duration we’ll climb 2.66km in height.”

The team’s training regime began with 30k walks, steadily building in distance ahead of the challenge itself on 8th-9th June. It includes a 40k session on Good Friday.

“It’s challenging in unexpected ways,” continued James. “As well as the walk itself and a tough training regime, we’ve set a high fundraising target. Every member of the team has invested a lot into this and they’re determined to reach the target for their chosen charity. They are causes very close to their hearts and I’m really proud of their dedication.”

Members of Pro2col’s technical, sales and other departments are taking part and would welcome sponsorship towards their chosen charity. You can find out about their chosen good cause and personal story below, or alternatively donate to the full team.

 

MEET THE TEAM

James Reynolds – Bibs

BIBS (Babies in Buscot Support) is a registered charity that supports babies and their families in the special care baby unit (Buscot Ward) at the Royal Berkshire Hospital in Reading. The committee and the supporters are all parents/carers of ex-Buscot babies who have been through the experience of having a premature or full term but ill baby.

Lee Norvall – Encephalitis Society

Encephalitis is an inflammation of the brain. It is caused either by an infection invading the brain (infectious encephalitis) or through the immune system attacking the brain in error (post-infectious or autoimmune encephalitis).

Anyone at any age can get encephalitis. There are up to 6,000 cases in the UK each year and potentially hundreds of thousands worldwide. In the USA there were approximately 250,000 patients admitted to hospital with a diagnosis of encephalitis in the last decade.

James Lewis – The Lewy Body Society

I’m running for Lewy Body Society as my Dad was diagnosed in his mid-fifties providing plenty of challenges for my Mum in what should have been their retirement years.

Ailsa Gibbs – Crohn’s & Colitis UK

My daughter Maisy, along with my cousins Robert and Sophie, live with this condition every day. 1 in 4 people diagnosed with Crohns or Colitis is under 16 and there is currently no cure. Every penny I raise will be spent on research to find ways to manage and cure these debilitating conditions.  Thank you so much for your support.

Ben Smith – British Heart Foundation

I have chosen the British Heart Foundation in memory of my wife’s sister. She tragically passed away at age 11 due to a heart condition. This is no age to lose a child/sibling. Personally I never met Heather, however, the family speak with great treasured memories of her, and by doing this challenge, I hope to in some small way, help other families so they can have more enjoyable times with their loved ones.  

Helen Gilbert – Macmillan Cancer Support

I have decided to try and complete the Jurassic Coast Challenge on 8th June this year. I will walk/run the 100km over the two days. I am very nervous as anyone who knows me knows that I don’t like off road at the best of times, so this will be a massive challenge for me. I am doing this with my work colleagues and have decided to raise money for the MacmiIlan Cancer Unit as its local and is vital to so many people. Please help if you can, just a few pennies will help this excellent cause. Thank you very much.