Leading industry organisations get together to take on the Goggins 4x4x48 running Challenge
19 May 2021
A group of individuals from some of the leading organisations in the insurance and legal market are taking part in the David Goggins 4x4x48 Challenge which will see brave participants running 4 miles, every 4 hours for 48 hours all to raise money for their chosen charities.
Involved in the challenge are leaders from S&G Response, Hudgell Solicitors, Kuro Health, Carpenters Group and Admiral Law. They will be taking part in the challenge from Thursday 27th to Saturday 29th May 2021 to raise money for three charities and causes; The Spinal Injury Association, Fans Supporting Foodbanks and Brain Tumour Research.
The Spinal Injury Association, is the leading user-led charity providing information and key services to spinal cord injured people, Fans Supporting Foodbanks, is a joint initiative between rival Liverpool F.C. and Everton F.C. supporters, and was founded in 2015 to tackle food poverty in Liverpool, and Brain Tumour Research are dedicated to funding scientific research into brain tumours whilst campaigning for more national investment into this research.
The group became inspired and joined forces to take on the challenge created by ex-navy seal and famous American Ultramarathon runner David Goggins following the second official annual event held in March this year. Beginning at 4pm on Thursday 27th May all participants will continue to run 4 miles every 4 hours for 48 hours until their final run at noon on Saturday 29th May.
Industry figure and S&G Response Chairman Charles Layfield stated, “The David Goggins story is an inspiration to us all. He transformed his lifestyle through sheer grit, a supremely positive mindset and demonstrated there are no limits to what can be achieved to improve your mental and physical health and wellbeing. I hope through the collective efforts of all participants and with the support of their organisations, we can encourage all of our colleagues, friends, families and business contacts to raise awareness of the benefits of exercise and regularly getting out of your comfort zone.”
Nick Stone, Operations Director at S&G Response commented, “During the lockdowns I found running as a great way to clear my mind. Mental and physical health is something we always try to encourage at S&G Response and the last year it has become even more critical. When the idea of the challenge was floated to me, I had just read David Goggin’s book and was really keen to give it a go. It will be a true test of mental and physical ability and I’m excited and nervous to take it on. However, knowing we are doing it for three very worthy causes, plus the experience of two young children and months of training, should hopefully have provided me the right preparation.”
Paul McClorry, Head of Travel Litigation at Hudgell Solicitors says, “We saw the Goggins challenge, began chatting about it and decided we’d love to get involved. We chose charities that are close to our hearts and agreed to give it a go. It’s going to be hard - whilst we are aware of the endurance needed to get through the physical challenge, we are actively preparing for the mental sufferance we expect from lack of sleep and lengthy rest. But we have been training for it for several months and we think we’re ready to take it on!”
He continued “We’re encouraging staff from all our companies to get involved and are hoping some will join us on one of the 4 miles. Some will run, some will walk, and some are planning on cycling, anything they can to get involved and help us raise some money for these amazing charities.”
David Goggins first launched the 4x4x48 Challenge in 2020 and following its success has continued it into 2021. The challenge is designed test the limits of even the most well-trained marathon runners, as it totals 48 miles (or 77 kilometres) when complete, which nearly doubles the standard marathon distance of 26.2 miles (42 kilometres).
Mike Dunne, Client Relationship Manager at insurance legal firm Carpenters Group said: “It’s a really difficult challenge; it’s not like a marathon and I’m looking forward to the fact it’s something different that not many people have completed before. The sleep deprivation is going to be the hardest part to deal with but I’m going to take my nine-month-old daughter, Reeva, along for some of the stints in a running buggy. Having her with me, as well as supporting these worthwhile causes, will give me all the motivation I need to get through it.”
Admiral Law, Carpenters Group, Hudgell Solicitors, Kuro Health and S&G Response have worked together to train for the challenge and have each creating a JustGiving page where they are encouraging all staff, clients and the public to donate what they can. The final total will be split between the three charities, The Spinal Injury Association, Fans Supporting Foodbanks and Brain Tumour Research.
In addition to raising money for the charities the group hope to raise awareness of the physical and mental health benefits of exercise and a positive mindset.
Barry Gray, CEO of Kuro Health said: “I’ve been following David Goggins for a number of years and felt inspired by his determination to complete the (very different!) 4x4x48 Challenge. Running has always been so beneficial to me, especially throughout the pandemic and national lockdowns and I know being active and outdoors has helped a lot of our team within Kuro Health.
The event is going to be both mentally and physically challenging, especially those 4am miles, but with the support of the guys taking part and everyone cheering us on in the background, not to mention the charities we’re raising funds for, I know we’ll succeed.”
Francis Mullett, Business Change Operations Manager at Admiral Law said: “At the moment I am still at the excited stage but I’m sure as we near the date the nerves will slowly start creeping in. I already know I’ll be camped downstairs on the sofa in between runs – particularly those midnight and 4am runs! Having a good sound track, and the support of the other guys will get me through this!”
Craig Rees, Litigation Manager at Admiral Law said “This is a great initiative and one that Admiral Law fully supports. As a firm we have been promoting a healthy lifestyle for all members of staff and encouraging exercise and regular breaks from our screens during the pandemic. We are fully in support of the 4x4x48 Challenge and the wonderful charities involved”.
To donate and support each company in their challenge head to:
Admiral Law - https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/AdmiralLaw4x4x48
Carpenters Group - https://www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/mikedunnegogginschallenge
Kuro Health - https://www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/barry-gray-1
Hudgell Solicitors - https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/paulmcclorryspage
S&G Response - https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/sg4x4x48challenge