Over the weekend of 13th and 14th July, our Aggregate Sales and Development Manager, Dave Olley took on the momentous challenge of this year’s Race to the Stones.
At a little before 8 o’clock on Saturday morning; after three months of training and 7 weeks without cake or beer, Dave set off to conquer 100km along the oldest pathway in Britain – The Ridgeway – to finish at the iconic Avebury Stone Circle in Wiltshire.
The course took him through ‘The Field of Dreams’ one of the UK’s largest cornfields with a narrow downhill path cut right through the middle of it, up hills that must have felt like mountains and along trails that can only be described as utterly brutal. Rock-hard ridges and deep ruts for miles on end of single-track trail led to many having to pull out with cuts and bruises, sprains and dislocations and even broken bones.
No wonder that, of the 3,000 or so people who started – many from overseas – fewer than 730 completed the 62-mile course.
But Dave didn’t just finish it …….
Somehow, after more than 19 hours of running one of the world’s most gruelling races, he found that little bit extra and actually sprinted over the finish line to become one of only 288 men to complete the course!
Dave’s inspiration for taking on this challenge – and one of his main motivators throughout the weekend – was to raise as much money as he could for brain tumour research.
This is a cause close to his heart with one of his best friends having last year lost her father to this disease and our friend and colleague, James Ng’s wife Mandy recently undergoing an incredibly intricate operation to remove a tumour from her brain which had been expected to leave her partially blind. We’re delighted to say that this wasn’t the case and Mandy continues to make amazing progress.
It goes without saying that all of us here at Carbon8 Aggregates are immensely proud of what Dave has achieved – both in completing the race itself and for raising such a large amount of money for this worthwhile cause – every penny of which Carbon8 is going to match.
Thank you to everyone that has sponsored Dave so far and, for anyone else who would still like to do so, the link to his site is below: