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Born Survivor in aid of Preventing Breast Cancer

Dec 30, 2016
Staff from Bespoke Bodies of Warrington have taken part in Born Survivor, a 10km, military-style obstacle course that tests endurance, courage, fitness – and sense of fun at the same time.

Born Survivor is not billed as a race, it’s a challenge. The crew from Bespoke Bodies took part in the event to collect money for Preventing Breast Cancer, a charity that funds ground-breaking research solely aimed at preventing the disease for future generations. The company first noticed the charity when one of its customers wanted a vehicle painted shocking pink in support of the charity. This was also a fitting charity as the mother of Laura Yardley, the company’s marketing manager, had recently been diagnosed with breast cancer but had been successfully treated owing to early diagnosis.

“The excitement leading up to the event was palpable and we had all sorts going on from people taking ninja classes, military diets, running and cycling,” said Laura. “Everyone was doing something different to increase their fitness. On the day we soon realised that serious athletes take part in these events (common sense really) and that we would just have to rely on sheer determination and teamwork to get the job done.”

The event started with a climb over logs and a crawl under barbed wire before the really muddy stuff. “It surprised many of us how well we worked together as a team,” said Laura. “Our newest team member is our mechanic, Keith, and although he was our oldest team member he used all his army training to motivate and generally kick everyone into gear. He never left a man (or woman) behind.”

“The very last obstacle, the Blitz, required us to run up a steep wet slope and over a wall. A few of us took a few falls and scrapes but in the end everyone, with the help of the team at the top, managed to complete it,” said Laura. “The one thing that kept people going throughout the mud, sweat and tears was the thought of an ice cold beer at the end. Unfortunately they ran out before we finished the course. We can use this as inspiration for completing it quicker next time.”

Bespoke Bodies raised £2,414 for Preventing Breast Cancer from the event.

Photo: Bespoke Bodies gets muddy for breast cancer.

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