Here we are, one month to go!
It still does not feel real yet, I think with family, work and fundraising I’ve not had much chance to think about the actual event but the butterflies are coming.
Since my last update, there have been a few developments.
I have been very luck to get a generous donation from Phil Brooks and Agile Network Systems. Phil brings his son to one of my Rugbytots classes and has been supportive of my challenge since first finding out about it. If you would like to know more about Agile Network Systems, please check out their website https://www.agilenetsystems.com/
I have also received another donation from a former Rugbytots coach, Chris Pink and his car leasing company, Pink Sauce Leasing. Please check out his website http://www.pinksauceleasing.co.uk/ if you are thinking of leasing a car give him a call, you’ll not be disappointed with his personal yet professional service.
The third big donation came from Rugbytots. I have been lucky to be involved with Rugbytots for around 10 years and I am very grateful to Max Webb and Rugbytots not only for taking me on all those years ago but for the support of my part in the Wooden Spoon Lmax Exchange Everest Rugby Challenge (to give it its full title).
Along with these very kind donations, I have also received a lot of donations through my just giving page https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/jonathan-ingarfield I really appreciate these donations. For those anonymous donations, I wish I knew who you are so I could personally thank you but I respect your decision to remain anonymous.
This next month will hopefully see a raise in the total on my just giving page as I have events at my daughters school, my rugby club Eastleigh RFC and through my Rugbytots classes.
Thank you to everyone who has donated and have shown interest in my challenge.
As you would expect, the training has ramped up a bit. Or at least that’s mostly the case, what I wasn’t expecting was a trapped nerve in my back that took me out of action for two weeks!
Thankfully I made a good recovery and things are going good. I really couldn’t have done it with out the help of Keith and George at http://www.upandrunning.org/ as soon as it happened they had me on the table and started to work their magic.
Since then I have been upping the cardio, back to terrifying other gym users with my altitude mask and Darth Vader breathing but they are getting use to it now! One gym session included me taking on the step mill for 4 hours in a joint training/fundraising event.
The training will continue until we leave and I’m planning on taking on Pen y fan on the 30th March as a last big trek. Anyone is welcome to join me.
Since the last update I have taken a few trips to the big smoke. Firstly to have my medical with https://www.hcahealthcare.co.uk/ (who have kindly supported all the challengers with their medical check ups). The check up included the usual medical checks with ECG’s, lung functionality tests and a audio check up. Thankfully, all results came back as expected and I am medically signed off to take on the challenge.
The second trip up North was to celebrate all that is great about Wooden Spoon at their annual Rugby Ball help on Park Lane. For a guy who lives in shorts and sports clothing, it was a good occasion to pull out the tuxedo and brush my hair!
It was a great night helping to raise funds for the charity and it was an opportunity to introduce my wife Amelie to the other challengers and meet their partners.
This last month is full of fundraising events, sorting kit and Chinese visas. Surely the time will fly by and we’ll soon be in the airport saying goodbye to my family, although I’m not looking forward to the goodbyes, we all know it will not be for long and hopefully it will inspire my daughter Ivy to one day achieve something spectacular.
I wouldn’t be doing this without the support of my family so I’d like to take this opportunity to thank Amelie and Ivy. Promise I’ll try not to do anything this crazy again.
Take it easy