WORLD record-breaking explorer, Sir Ranulph Fiennes, has offered his best wishes to Team Challenge Company’s two directors, ahead of their daring charity fundraising trek across the Arctic, one of the harshest environments on earth.
The man, described by the Guinness Book of Records as the ‘world’s greatest living explorer’, recorded the video message of support after doing a speech at a corporate event in the UK. In the short clip, Sir Fiennes wishes Gerard Crowley and Stephen Hazley the “very best of luck” for their gruelling ten-day trek.
The two directors of Team Challenge Company, one of the UK’s largest independent corporate team building providers, are embarking on this epic journey to raise money for Cancer Research UK.
Sir Ranulph Fiennes joins former Prime Minister, and now Kirkcaldy and Cowdenbeath MP, Gordon Brown, among the big name supporters of Team Challenge Company’s endeavours. The Right Honourable Mr Brown leant his support by stating that he “applauds the commitment and initiative of all involved, especially the volunteers from Team Challenge Company who will be undertaking the Arctic Challenge”.
Team Challenge Company directors Gerard Crowley and Stephen Hazley fly to the Arctic Circle on 22nd February to complete the 120-kilometre journey in temperatures between zero and minus 35°C. The trek requires six hours travel per day, across country, up hills and over frozen lakes, towing all their kit on a sledge weighing up to 35Kg, the equivalent of pulling four car tyres.
The energetic events duo from Team Challenge Company have been following a strict training regime; including 5am wake up calls to practice walking with a 35Kg sled for up to four hours; a healthier diet with increased calories for energy; training in shorts and t-shirts outside in the Scottish winter to get used to sub-zero temperatures; as well as four gym sessions a week to build up strength.
Team Challenge Company director, Gerard Crowley, was excited to have received the explorer’s words of encouragement. He said: “Having someone as experienced as Sir Ranulph Fiennes wishing us luck has given us a great boost; he is an inspirational explorer and his video has motivated us even more.
“The training over the last few months has been tough, but we know the more we train – the easier the challenge will be. Alongside the gym sessions and 5am starts, the whole team has been fundraising and we want to thank all those who have supported us so far and hope others will get behind us and help us reach our fundraising target.”
The team are still seeking additional fundraising support and have already applauded Louie Brown’s Bar in Dalgety Bay and media agency, MediaCom Edinburgh, for helping them towards their target of raising £10,000 on behalf of the ‘Mums on the Run’ fundraising team; a group established by Mr Crowley’s wife and a group of her friends following the death of their close friend.
Deborah Crowley explains: “My friends and I wanted to do something positive following the death of our friend Jennifer Gasowska from Dalgety Bay. Jennifer was only 35 when she died leaving behind her husband and three amazing children. I am so proud of Gerry and Stephen for undertaking such a demanding challenge to help us raise money.”
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