Paul was new at Evolve in 2016. Quiet and hardworking, he was easy to get along with and was gradually coming out of his shell every day, joining in with office chats and getting to know us all one at a time. He also trained with us in our #WorkoutWednesday group; running around in the car park, doing push ups and boxing routines, every day getting more comfortable with his colleagues. But, Paul became ill after a few months at Evolve, and after investigation, was told he unfortunately had cancer. After this devastating news and just a few short weeks later, our colleague and friend Paul passed away at just 36 years of age.
We decided we needed to do something as a team to remember Paul, something that would tighten our bond and help other people suffering in the way he did. So we found ourselves signing up to a five mile obstacle course for Hope Against Cancer; a fantastic charity who raise money for research and treatment for sufferers.
When you sign up to an endurance run and you’ve got 3 months to train, it doesn’t feel that scary. But now we, the Evolve Team, are just six weeks away from Tough Mudder on 13th May 2017 and the heat is most definitely on!
The Evolve Team are not athletes (note picture below), we are a mixed group with varying abilities but we all have the same attitude to the 5 mile long obstacle course we face next month; we are going to beat it. We do a boxing class every week as a team, as well as our own training to develop our fitness in order to tackle the freezing cold swims and the vertical drops and the electric shocks (we know) that will hit us where it hurts in six weeks’ time.
Our goal is to raise £1,000 in Paul’s memory, but we obviously wouldn’t mind smashing it out the park! So please, donate to our cause and share our story far and wide. We appreciate every penny and will post mud pictures after the event to prove we dragged ourselves to the end of the course.
Thanks for reading, we will update you again soon on our progress.
The Evolve Tough Mudder Team 2017 are pictured above: Adam Willett, Hannah Tomlinson Leanne Bonner-Cooke, Duncan Burns and Patrik McCormack.