On Monday the 4Challenge riders arrived back in Sheffield having pushed themselves to physical and emotional limits - all to raise funds to help those who find themselves pushed to their own limits.
After 4 days covering over 300 miles up and down dale, in scarce sunshine and plentiful wind and rain, the rapturous welcome in Weston Park was a welcome reward. The total raised for Weston Park Hospital Cancer Charity now stands at over £20,000, just £13,000 shy of the £33,000 challenge target to fund the Complementary Therapies Project for one year.
Taking on 4Challenge was a personal test of fitness, stamina and determination for all the riders, but two of the team faced particular up hill struggles.
Neill Birchenall uncovered hyper-mobility issues with his knee while training for the challenge resulting in acute pain. Never one to admit defeat, Neill took full advantage of the support on offer from physio Kathryn and her team from Sheffield Hallam University before and during the ride to prepare and to keep him moving.
Below: Ice packs and acupuncture for Neill!
Equally challenging, our Tough Mudder master himself Sam Fourie took a tumble towards the end of day 2, careering into a stone wall, brambles and stinging nettles.
The result was a swollen, blistered leg with debris left embedded under his skin too deeply to be removed.
After road side treatment from the 4Challenge paramedic Harold and team doctor Sudeshna, and a trip to the minor injuries unit in Moorland near Kendall, Sam was temporarily patched up and unbelievably rode on to completion! It should be noted that the day after crossing the finish line Sam was in Doncaster A+E with his swollen leg and his treatment to remove the pesky debris continues. Sam - we salute you. Tough as mudder and committed to the cause to the last.
This was no mean feat for any of the team, least of all Neill and Sam. Please show your support for the challenge they faced for Weston Park Hospital Cancer Charity and make a donation.