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Challenge completed for Gabby

By Tom Howe 28th June 2017

Challenge completed for Gabby
STUNNING SCENERY: The challenge took place in some of the finest surroundings Cornwall has to offer, on the hottest day of the year

AN INTREPID group of athletes from Academy Fitness Newquay raised funds for the Help Gabby Run campaign by completing an epic 100km challenge inside just one day.

Starting on Wednesday at 5am, the group set off from Bude along the coastal path with the intention of completing the 100km distance in one day. After an absolutely outstanding effort, not made any easier by the terrain or that it was the hottest day in 40 years, the challenge was completed in 19 and a half hours.

Simon Barnes, Academy Fitness director, said: “I couldn't be prouder of the team and honoured to call them friends. This team did this crazy challenge for one reason and that was to raise awareness and vital funds for the 'Help Gabby Run' campaign.

“Anthony, Doc, Sid and Adam you were absolute machines and deserve a well earned rest. This also couldn't have happened without our support crew who tirelessly made sure we were fed and watered along the route. Thank you Toni, Emma, Zoe and Katie from Shore Physio Newquay for being our physios throughout.

“Thank you to everyone else who supported us whether through donations or words of encouragement.”

Gabby, 7, suffers from Cerebral Palsy and requires selective dorsal rhizotomy surgery in the US to help her live a better life. Even though her Cerebral Palsy is classed as mild, Gabby is still a child who can only walk short distances before her legs start aching. She fatigues easily, has extremely poor balance and falls a lot. she can’t walk unaided on uneven surfaces, can’t stand on one leg, can’t go up or down a curb on her own, can’t jump, can’t skip and can’t use the stairs.

One of the things she is always talking about it that she can’t run properly. A specialist doctor, who aided Gabby’s sister Izzy (star of the Help Izzy Walk campaign, said that by Gabby having SDR and eliminating the spasticity, she would go on to have a ‘typical’ life, being able to play sports, dance, skip, run and most importantly, not suffer from pain or premature body ageing as the strain from the spasticity would no longer be there.

Gabby’s mum Ursula said: “We would like to say a massive thank you to Simon Barnes and the Academy Fitness Team for their amazing support. They supported our family during the  Help Izzy Walk campaign and were the first ones to come forward to support Help Gabby Run.

“We are extremely grateful for their kindness and generosity. 'Beat the Sun' was a mammoth challenge, in the hottest day of the year, we have so much respect for the whole team. A huge well done. We are so proud. Thank you so much.”

Over £2,300 has already been raised for the campaign. Donations to the cause can still be made by visiting

By Tom Howe 28th June 2017

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