Haig Youens – I used to do quite a lot of canoeing, surf-ski paddling and running in South Africa before I moved to Greece/UK and became a fat sailor.
I’ve done several canoeing and surf-ski ultra-events such as the PE-East London surf-ski Challenge, Cape Point Challenge, Dusi and Berg River Canoe Marathons, etc. I’ve also done a few running marathons. I am currently training to do my first ultra in May as well as Devizes Westminster canoe race and the 7×7 challenge.
I’m looking forward to these next few challenges as I’ve not attempted anything like Comrades or the 7×7 before. Bare 7×7 represents a unique challenge and an opportunity to contribute to a worthy cause. Bring it on!
Dylan Moore – Two years ago I was into Booze, fags and junk food before deciding a change was needed! I stopped smoking cigarettes, stopped drinking, changed my diet and dropped 25 kilos as a consequence of getting into exercise.
I’ve completed challenges that I need to train for rather than just getting fit for the sake of it, as I would find this boring. I have done some mountaineering in the Alps including summiting Mont Blanc, some mountain biking culminating in completing the South Downs Way Challenge, a 100 mile off-road event and now I’ve started running. Previously I’ve been in the ‘I don’t run because it hurts my knees’ club but now I love it and realize it’s all about conditioning my body to achieve what I want to do.
More recently, I have focussed on off-road trail running events, and have completed a few including the Beachy Head Marathon and some coastal marathons in Dorset and Devon.
The Bare 7×7 running event with Andy and Haig presents another challenge – road running! I can’t wait to support this fantastic cause.
Paul’s career started after graduating with a first class Bachelor of Science degree (with honours) from The University of Chichester in Sports Therapy. He went on to achieve a distinction in a Masters of Science degree in Physiotherapy at the University of Southampton. Throughout his 5 years of training, Paul has worked alongside a number of doctors and therapists, experiencing a wide range of specialisms.
Through experiencing various sporting environments, Paul followed his passion and now works in private practise, predominantly helping people return from injury back to occupational and sporting performance. His training and experience enables him to provide interventions to not only return people to pre-exercise levels but beyond, enhancing performance by working with them to achieve their goals and more.
“I believe it is important that we as therapists strive to provide the best patient care so that each of our patients can recover quickly, effectively and safely. My approach is more than just helping the current issue, but providing interventions that minimise the risk of it coming back and helping full return to sporting, recreational, occupational and daily activities. Having been on the receiving end of injuries myself, I share my patient’s frustrations and therefore aim to treat how I would want to be treated.“
Paul has volunteered his services to help Andy and the 7×7 team throughout the training and will be travelling alongside the runners during the event.
“As mammals, we were born to run. It is a primal function for survival. How effectively we do this will depend on our experiences and training. Andy’s challenge follows in line with running to survive in another way, by providing support for a fundamental unit at Southampton General Hospital. Not only is this an exciting challenge for myself, but knowing it is for such a great cause just makes the experience all the more rewarding. I work with runners on a daily basis and so look forward to providing interventions to help these guys achieve the incredible distances they strive for”.
Expected challenges: “Minimising soreness in preparation for the run each day alongside dealing with physical and mental fatigue. Also of importance, enough music to keep us entertained for the journey”
Looking forward to “Using the runners meal schedules as an excuse to eat as much as the runners”.
Paul’s current practice positions include:
- Managing Director and Sports Physiotherapist at Allsports Therapy (allsportstherapy.co.uk).
- Sports Physiotherapist at the Sport Performance and Rehabilitation Unit at the University of Chichester (chi.ac.uk/spru)
- Associate Lecturer at the University of Chichester
- Sports Physiotherapist at Southampton FC Academy
Andy McGhee – To be honest, I’ve never run a marathon before, and I never thought I ever would, but I do have a running background. Back in my early Army days I ran the 400m for my regiment and the Army and my times were in and around 49s that was sort of ok. Over the years, our fitness was continually tested, and one of the tests was the annual 1.5 mile road run. The whole regiment would line up, then bang, off we all went. This was not so much a run but more a sprint to the finish, with everyone’s pride at stake. Who would be the fastest sergeant? Who would be the fastest junior? In my early years, I was hitting times around the 7 minutes 5 sec mark.
Distance running eventually became a weekend chore because, back in the mid-90’s, I was a underpaid private who had no car and the nearest town with a supermarket happened to be miles away in Banbury. So off we would plod every weekend. Ten miles there and ten miles back with our week’s shopping in our backpacks!
Having spent years in my previous job doing various types of charity work, I thought that 2015 was the year for a new challenge! I said to myself “I need to do something.” Then it came to me. “Why don’t I run for charity? After all, it’s free, and I won’t need to spend much on equipment.”
After a bit of thought, I decided that I would attempt to run seven marathons in seven days, from Rock in Cornwall to Hamble-le-Rice, barefoot style! And so the Bare 7 x 7 Challenge was born. All I needed, was to find someone crazy enough to run with.
Fortunately I have a gym with fantastic members who are always willing to help, so all I had to do was ask, and I was put in contact with Dylan. We arranged to meet up and, after going through the challenge in detail, Dylan almost immediately replied “I’m in!” He also said, “I know someone else that might be interested. He’s called Haig, and he is a good friend of mine who’s been running for many years on and off.”
Over the last two months, I’ve been working on the Bare 7×7 challenge. It is a big task, but I’ve had fantastic support. I cannot thank everyone enough for helping, and, in particular…
- Georgie Bartholomew (Clothing and Branding – Purple Patch Hamble)
- Vicky Lincoln (Marketing)
- Brad Eynon (Website – Innovate Websites)
- Chris (Inspiration – La Dolce Vita)
- Paul McIntyre (Keeping my body in one piece – Allsports Therapy)
- Lizzy (Car Wrap – Grapefruit Graphics)
- Simon (Xeroshoes)
And finally, thanks to Dylan, Haig and Paul. I cannot wait to start training and working with you all!