We all know that Rebels aren't shy of a challenge. Two of our loyal Rebels, Simon Bessant and Katie Fowler are taking on the the Endurancelife Classic Quarter, a 44 mile Ultra Marathon along the south Cornish coast in the UK.

It's the ultimate trail runner's rush, with spectacular exposure and challenging terrain all just a stones throw away from the potentially pounding Atlantic swells. There is also the unpredictable weather to contend with along the way and every runner must be well prepared, both mentally and physically. 


Over to Simon and Katie...

Taking on the challenge of 44 miles up and down the cliffs of Cornwall is easy, you just click “sign me up” and pay the entry fee. Training for it is however the hard part! We decided to test ourselves physically and mentally to take on this ultra marathon challenge in order to raise money for two fabulous charities. In order to prepare physically for this run we completed the Brighton Marathon (Katie was the victor in 3hrs 42mins) and have spent hours pounding the tracks and fields of Kent and Sussex where we each live in preparation for the run.

However, this is a very solitary and sometimes lonely training regime and we therefore turned to 1Rebel to help liven up our week day workouts. The sessions have been unbelievably important in developing strength and endurance conditioning, whilst also being highly enjoyable (if that sounds sane?!). The music, lights and most importantly the instructors ensure that we work harder and more intensely than we would otherwise and these regular Reshape sessions (two or more per week) have formed an integral part of our training schedule. The pain of the hill sprints has conditioned us for the miles of hills that we'll be climbing. It is amazing quite how hard you can be worked in a 30 minute lunchtime class! Hopefully the attached photo proves it.


As a little background on the motivation for our efforts, our first charity that we are raising money for is Spinal Muscular Atrophy (SMA) Support UK. SMA Support UK offer support and guidance to families affected by SMA, with a friend of ours having experienced this when they lost their 5 month old son, Joshua, to this illness (More information on SMA and specifically on Joshua himself, can be found at HERE). The second charity is St Giles Parents Association. The St Giles School in Croydon is a community school for children with physical disabilities and complex medical needs. A client and friend of ours son attended St Giles and thoroughly enjoyed his time at the school. He unfortunately passed away in September 2014. Our fundraising page can be found at HERE


On the morning of 12th June 2016, we will hopefully wake up having completed this challenge and having raised our targeted £16,000 for these two charities. There's no doubt we’ll be back in Reshape for 12.30 on the Wednesday after two days “off”!

Let's show Simon and Katie some support and follow their fundriasing page HERE.