100 miles in 24 hours for MUG
Tuesday 19 March 2013
March 2013 will see Garry walk 100 miles around the track at Footes Lane in 24 hours.
Despite only moving to the island 18 months ago Garry has already thrown himself into Guernsey community life. He works for the Heath and Social Services Department as a project manager, is a GFC Steward in his spare time and enjoys popping into his local, The Rockmount for a pint and the meat draw.
Garry is no stranger to physical challenges, having completed marathons and triathlons he has now set his sights on a new trial - a 24 hour race against time that he is embarking on to raise money for local men's cancer charity - Male Uprising Guernsey. (MUG). The plan is to start the walk at 2.30pm on Friday 22 March at 2.30pm and finish 2.30pm on the Saturday before GFC's FA Vase Semi Final against Spennymoor. 100 miles will be 403 laps of Footes Lane track and wisely Garry has decided to set Bronze, Silver and Gold completion targets which he hopes community and corporate sponsors will get behind. His bronze target will be 80-90 miles, silver will be 90-99 miles and gold will be to complete the full 100 miles.
Garry's training is well underway, and he plans to complete several 12 hour walks before the big day. 'Since moving here I have been amazed at the level of community and charity work that takes place on this island. Guernsey folk will be my inspiration throughout the walk. Mars bars and high energy drinks will keep me going throughout the hours of walking and I expect to go through two pairs of trainers, upwards of 12 pair of socks and several tee-shirts in the 24 hour timeframe,' explained Garry who is married with three children.
Garry's family are all part of the sporting world, his three sons are all involved in sport, with one on a golf scholarship in USA. Another son is a professional boxer and the other works as a boxing promoter. His wife Collette will be supporting him through the challenge and hopes he'll have some company every step of the way.
MUG's founder, Trevor Kelham was delighted when Garry first contacted him about the walk: 'As a charity, we have been overwhelmed with the support we have received in our first year. Garry's challenge is just typical of the MUG mindset, we love to hear from men who are willing to put themselves through a physical or mental challenge all in the name of raising awareness of male cancers. We want to keep shouting out the 'get checked' message and applaud Garry's initiative. We'll be with him throughout the walk.'