It may be one of the pieces of gym equipment most feared by Northampton Saints’ rugby players, but one Foundation supporter has challenged himself to 24 hours on a SkiErg machine to raise £5,000.
Jack Fleckney, a former Royal Marine and founder of Wellingborough gym ‘ShireFit’, is taking on the monumental feat starting from 8am on Saturday 6 June and toiling through the day and night to reach a World Record in his age category of 274,850 metres before 8am on Sunday.
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▪️8 Hour Ski Erg. . Thanks to the crew for supporting me on this. Slowly building towards some World Record attempts. Managed to PB my marathon time, my 88k from a previous charity event and got the 4th fastest 100k of all time. Got some work to do though as started to struggle with forearm cramp after 80k. Need to get straps. Any tips please on this please give me a shout. All of this is built towards raising money for the @saintsfdation and the amazing work they do supporting young people succeed in life. As always supported by @theroasteryuk. . #SkiErg #Charity #ShireFit @shire_fit @concept2uk @concept2inc
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The SkiErg machine replicates the double-pole movement used during Nordic skiing, but works the legs just as hard as the arms and shoulders to create a true full-body workout.
“We were absolutely delighted to hear about Jack’s World Record attempt,” said Jordan Letts, Head of Foundation. “This is a mammoth challenge to take on – a really incredible effort of strength and endurance – and we are so grateful to Jack for choosing to raise money for us.
“All our fundraising is impacted by a lack of events at the moment, and any funds Jack raises will be used to help support Saints Foundation’s aims of educating, inspiring and supporting young people within our community. All the best, Jack!”Jordan Letts, Head of Foundation
Fleckney added: “From the moment I met Jordan and the entire Foundation team, I could see the passion they all have for helping to create a positive future for young people within their programmes.
“For me, these kids just need an opportunity which is what Saints Foundation gives them. Hopefully 24 hours of work for me can raise enough to support Saints Foundation and the amazing work they continue to do.”