The first of a series of events in the lead up to his ‘Long Week in Japan‘ for the Motor Neurone Disease Association, Rauri Hadlington of Complete Physio will undertake a ‘Long Day at Lomax’ this Saturday – 24 hours of continuous indoor cycling in the café at Lomax with the intention to cover a massive 1000km!
“In August 2014, while the Ice Bucket Challenge was raising money and awareness for Motor Neurone Disease, Stef, a freind I had known and played rugby with since I was seven, decided to have his life support switched off following a 5 year battle with the disease. The week before he died I visited him, to say goodbye I suppose. Stef really wanted to talk about how he would be remembered, and so from that came the idea for “Long Week in Japan”. Stef’s Japanese mother died of MND when we were 16 and we always talked about going to Japan together one day. So in My Ice Bucket Challenge video, which I recorded the day after Stef’s funeral, I pledged to cycle from her home town, 1000 km north to the venue of Ironman Japan and complete the event in 7 days, one “Long Week in Japan”. My aim is to rasie £10000 for the Motor Neurone Disease Association to helo their tireless work into finding a cure for this disease.”
Rauri has been training and working towards this ever since and now, 6 months out, he really needs to turn it up a gear! Long Day at Lomax is the first in a series of events running up to the main event at the end of the summer. Rauri and Dan Boyd, both Physios from Complete Physio at Lomax will start spinning after the last Cycle Blast class on Saturday 5th March, and keep spinning until the end of the last class on Sunday 6th March, with the aim to complete the 1000km distance between themselves in 24 hours! The bikes will be set up in the café at Lomax for the duration of the event – please join us and show some support!
There will be buckets around to make donations or you can do so online at www.justgiving.com/longweekinjapan.