The Fan Dance – not as fun as it sounds!
In just a few short weeks, three brave members of the team here at Thomas Hardie Used Trucks team will be taking on their next big challenge… The (deceptively fun-sounding) Fan Dance Summer Edition!
The gruelling 24km race rises over the punishing peaks of the highest mountain in the Brecon Beacons, Pen Y Fan. We’ll be battling the elements on this lung-busting route, facing shockingly steep inclines, loose stone trails and a dense, forested vehicle track. And that’s not all – as we’ll be loaded down with 35lb kit bags!
Will we show SAS-levels of fitness and endurance?
To complete the Fan Dance you’ve gotta be made of some seriously heavy mettle. This infamous route has long been a part of the notoriously tough SAS Selection process – in fact, it’s considered the yardstick of a candidate’s potential to perform well on Test Week and ultimately pass the Special Forces Selection programme. We know it’s not going to be pleasant!
So why on earth would we sign ourselves up for such torture? “Are you mad?” we hear you cry! Well, as always, it’s in aid of a fantastic cause – we’re fundraising for the hard-working staff at St. Luke’s Hospice in Cheshire.
This year, it’s Tom Buckley, Glyn Evans and Jonathon Bownes taking on the mountain in memory of two much-loved, and sadly missed, friends of Thomas Hardie Used Trucks.
In memory of Karl Graves and Mark Smith
Jonathan says “For the last few years we have been raising money for St Luke’s in memory of a good friend Karl Graves who passed away ten years ago this year.
“Just before Christmas 2015, our circle of friends was weakened with the passing of a great friend and a giant of a man Mark Smith. Both will never be forgotten and through St Luke’s we will honour them by raising a few quid to help others.”
While it might be next-level tough, it’ll be totally worth it. The lads hope to raise £1,000 via JustGiving and you can visit their fundraising page here. We hope that you can sponsor them, remember – every little helps and they need all the help they can get to reach their target. And to make it up that mountain, no doubt! Good luck gents!
We’ll keep you updated on the blog with the lads’ Fan Dance progress – make sure you check back to see all the photos!