13 Jul MR. Barbers’ Completes 24-hour 100km Walk and Raises Thousands for Charity
On 24th June 2023, a brave team of MR. Barbers and a few comrades tackled the “ultimate” non-stop 100km (62 miles) walking challenge in less than 24 hours for Alzheimer’s Research UK.
After months of training, the team of 7 walked a gruelling 100km loop route through the heart of the Cotswolds. They started the momentous challenge at 7am on Saturday morning, and walked continuously for 23.5 hours, in the heat, humidity and complete darkness, before reaching the finishing line, at 6:30am on Sunday morning.
The courageous barbers embarked on the ultimate team endurance event to raise awareness and funds to life-changing Alzheimers research.
Alzheimer’s Research UK is the UK’s leading dementia research charity, dedicated to causes, diagnosis, prevention, treatment and cure. Backed by passionate scientists and supporters, they’re challenging the way people think about dementia, uniting the big thinkers in the field and funding the innovative science that will deliver a cure.
Although it took every ounce of energy and motivation, these men have conquered the biggest challenge of their lives and inspired hundreds of people to take on a challenge of their own.
“Bathing in the euphoria of pain and the achievement knowing that growth comes from challenging yourself, I feel myself and this team have levelled up to new heights. Events like this are amazing opportunities to push your limits and realise that you’ve got more than what you really thought you had in the locker!” – Mick Phipps.
Since crossing that finishing fine, the team have raised an incredible £3,383 for Alzheimer’s Research UK, with hope that more donations will be made over the next few weeks.
Mark Lovell, shop owner at MR. Barbers, said: “ A few months ago I asked my work friends who would be up for a Challenge. I wasn’t expecting much of a response to a 100km. But some men embarked on the journey, short notice, little training. We weren’t expecting the type of elevation and unforgiving terrain but it created a journey we will never forget. The more vou explore the mind and share experiences the greater the bond you will create with friends and yourself. It doesn’t have to be 100km but please put something in the diary. Please start living, please start exploring, you can achieve so much more than you think.”
Donations can be made directly to the MR. Barbers fundraising page – https://www.justgiving.com/MRBarbers.
Participants included: Karl Foster, Mark Lovell, Mick Phipps, Jamie Cooper-Hawkins, Jacob Gallally and Callum Slater.