Epic fitness challenge is conquered

Dan King, Mike Rawson, Jonny Doney, James Corner, Lee Cunningham, Nick Wiaczek, Christian Foster and Warren Cahill completed an epic Europe-wide Box to Box Crossfit Challenge (s)
Dan King, Mike Rawson, Jonny Doney, James Corner, Lee Cunningham, Nick Wiaczek, Christian Foster and Warren Cahill completed an epic Europe-wide Box to Box Crossfit Challenge (s)

An eight strong team of crossfit enthusiasts have completed an epic Europe-wide fitness mission for charity.

The Box to Box Challenge which took five days to finish, saw the eight complete 16 workouts at 15 boxes in nine different countries including the UK, Republic of Ireland, Denmark, Germany, Holland and Sweden.

The challenge has raised almost £6,000 for BK’s Heroes, set up by the late Ben King (27) from Reedley, and the team travelled approximately 4,500 miles and used four planes, five trains, one ferry, three cars, eight taxis, four metros and eight buses to complete the mission.

Ben’s brother Dan King was one of the eight, and he was joined by Mike Rawson, Jonny Doney, James Corner, Lee Cunningham, Nick Wiaczek, Christian Foster and Warren Cahill.

The gruelling workouts varied in combination of activity but included pull ups, push ups, sit ups, squats, running, rowing and lifting different weights, including up to one and half times a person’s own body weight, at differing rates of speed.

Warren said: “All eight of us are seasoned crossfitters, albeit of different standards, and we decided to start what we would call the ‘Box to Box Challenge’ back in January.

“Originally we thought it would be a bit of a lads holiday, but the more time we put into the organisation of it, the more we realised this wasn’t going to be a rest or break of any sort.

“It’s probably the hardest thing I’ve ever done. It was so testing, it was exhausting. On day one we were talking about maybe doing one in America next year but by day five nobody was talking about America next year.

“The fun we were having though was what got us through it.

“We all had a role, we all had a part to play because we all got each other through it and without each other and the banter through the week I don’t think we would have completed it.

“It was tough some days but I’m glad to say that all eight of can be proud and feel such a sense of achievement doing what we did for such a good cause.

“A few words of thanks which need to be made include our drivers Fiona King, Chris Ellis, Jess Scothern and Liz Flemming and our photographer Matty Harvey.

“Also to Paul’s Kitchen for feeding us for two days, Rebel UK for providing the clothing, Icon for protein packs, We Love Creative for all our media and finally to everybody who has donated.”