Lee Glass Gives Back 2017 – Raising money for The Alzheimer’s Society

Since the beginning of this year the Lee Glass fundraising team have really turned our training up a notch in order to compete with the charity challenges that lie ahead in 2017! We will once again be raising money for The Alzheimer’s Society, a cause very close to the hearts of a number of our colleagues who have seen first hand the devastating effects that Dementia and Alzheimer’s can have on their loved ones. Our aim will be to hopefully match, if not beat the previous £1065 that we raised in 2015, but we need your help to get there!

We thought we’d give you a little insight into what fundraising events we’ll be taking part in this year, and what we’ve been doing to work towards completing them to the best of our abilities!

Being predominantly office-based provides somewhat extra motivation for Danielle to get up and about more in her spare time! In addition to her usual fitness routine that involves mountain hikes, kickboxing, and rock climbing; Danielle has been running to work and back two/three times a week since the beginning of the year in order to clock up extra miles towards her training. That’s because this year she will be taking part in an event that will likely push her to the limits beyond her previous challenges, in the form of Rat Race’s Man vs Mountain. This now legendary 22 mile mountain adventure race starts at sea level in Caernarfon Castle, before weaving its way to the summit of Mount Snowdon and down the other side into Dinorwic Quarry. After completing the summit climb she will then be faced with an array of punishing obstacles including an abseil, quarry dive into ice cold water, wall climbs, and a vertical kilometre, to name a few.

Company Director Danny meanwhile has been struggling with a calf injury on and off since the end of 2016. Danny has been swimming most mornings before work in order to avoid aggravating this further but still move forward with his training and improve his overall fitness. Danny will once again be competing in the gruelling Lake District 10 Peaks Challenge in June, alongside his son-in-law Shane who received his entry from Danny as a (very unexpected) Christmas present! For most people climbing just one mountain in a day is more than enough in itself, for this challenge they are expected to climb *ten* of England’s highest mountains whilst covering 48km of unforgiving terrain all in the space of 24 hours. Danny, Shane and Danielle recently completed a 21 mile training hike in the Peak District, which included climbing Kinder Scout and Mam Tor twice over in one day (unfortunately there aren’t many mountains local to Nottingham!). They will continue to do much of the same in their spare time as they work towards conditioning their bodies further to cope with the demands of such long runs/hikes.

We must also mention glazier and obstacle course race fanatic Ben Lee who will once again be taking on the challenge of Tough Mudder in May. For those who are not aware this is a 12 mile obstacle course race which involves wall climbs, plunges into ice cold water, electric shocks, and some very claustrophobic swimming under a grill with just an inch of breathing space to get through – not one for the faint hearted! Ben has been struggling with a recurring ankle injury which he suffered playing for the Lee Glass 5-a-side football team back in December. As a result he has focused his training on muscle building in his local gym and keeping his running under control on the treadmill.

Here’s how their event diary is looking so far this year – we will release a JustGiving page in due course and hopefully start raising some money for The Alzheimer’s Society 🙂

1st April – X Runner 10k Obstacle Course (Ben Lee, Danielle & Shane Hassall)

20th May – Tough Mudder Midlands 12 Mile Obstacle Course (Ben Lee, Danielle & Shane Hassall)

24th June – Lake District 10 Peaks Challenge (Danny Lee & Shane Hassall)

2nd September – Man Vs Mountain (Danielle & Shane Hassall)