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It's 9 days before Xmas.......

.......and not a creature is stirring, not even a mouse!! It's gone distinctly (some would say deafiningly so) quiet, over the last couple of weeks. I can only assume, that with all the training the boys have been doing, they are either too tired to write about their endeavours and are catching up on their valuable rest periods or the've got frostbite in their fingers because they've been getting themselves out in the cold early doors without gloves. However, I do wonder what they are up to........probably getting on it like a car bonnet, I fear come January 2nd the air will be rife with words of the very 'Blue' variety!

9 months..............

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...........tomorrow! For some reason all of sudden it feels like the countdown has really begun, it must be going from double figure months to single figure months. But wonderful things can be achieved in 9 months, miracles even! It does feel now though, at the worst time of year possible to make vows of cutting out the alcohol, not eating anything bad for me, that the training needs to be stepped up. My structured training programme starts 9th Jan, and is regimentally planned right up to the event, all bar the events we'll be doing as a team to get the banter really going. So it looks like I'll be writing up my New Years resolutions a month early this year - humbug!

Every Man an Emporer.....

Every Man an Emperor, so the motto goes,
but for every man that can't be so,
for to be an Emperor, is something us mere mortals can Never know.
You walk in a land of Giants,
a place few dare to tread, where winning is the only option,
a place where only the bravest go,
whilst the rest of us sleep easy in our beds.
First in you are, always a little further you go,
to hell and back, a hell we'll never know.
And now that you've gone back there to regroup,
we pay tribute to you my brother, my best friend,
for an Emperor you truly are.

Raging winds kettle bells and sore knackers!

my 1st proper attempt on this blog so bare with me.... my training has gone to new levels with the introduction of kettle bells....the session started off well after work in the gym on the vessel.... bit 5000 metres row, 20 minutes iinterval training, lunges squasts planks bench press the usual.... then i spotted a shiny new set of 16kg kettle bells, awesome i though give them a try, started with shouders presses, easy, then a lad said to try a pendulum squat... simple i thought untill on my 14th rep out of 15 i forgot to bend my legs and swiftly slammed the cannonball shaped clump weight into my goolies....needless to say the workout had halt there to prevent any further injuries to my crown jewels!

I have been on a high fibre protein eating plan which has resulted in force 9 winds escaping at both ends! are any of you experiencing similar side effects!!>???

James!

Freezing mornings, training groans and aspirations...........

.............looking out the window at 5:30am, now that winter appears to have arrived, confronted with a shimmering white icy ground covering is enough to make the balls shrink, and enough to make me want to shrink back into the my nice warm bed, but without sacrifice, there is no victory! It really is this time of year that makes training difficult, because freezing your nuts off is always gonna come off second best to staying snuggly warm, but I keep telling myself that if I can get through the next couple of months, then I can get through this challenge, getting the trainers on is the only battle. Although trying to do an old skool circuits routine whilst out doing my laps and sprints is cold on the old digits, so like a big girl, had to invest in some gloves so frostbite doesn't take hold out there.

Minor injuries and man flu seems to be hitting  the group at the mo, and anyone who's had man flu will know how debilitating it is, so my sympathies go out, but seriously boys…

New Year Training Get Together.....

......after a lovely dovey convo with the gorgeous Yorkshireman Brooky this morning, it was deemed imperative that we sort out an 'Ally Airborne' manfest for as soon after the Xmas hols as is humanly possible. Everyone will undoubtedly be gearing to go, to get rid of the Xmas turkey or vegetarian alternative come the beginning of January anyway, so boys, get your woman's diary out, and send me some dates that you'll be able to commit to so that get this show on the road, in the proper manner! In all seriousness I would like to be able to get as many of us to together as often as we can, it's a big test ahead of us and getting together for training and beers will really help us 'smash'  it!

Gorillas in the mist..........

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  .......I got myself out of bed for an early Saturday morning loosener (which after my run with Cuz Craig on Thursday night, three miles felt like 10). Just before I got my running shoes on I sent a message to the boys and suggested they do the same, to which the reply came "no running today, maybe tomorrow". John, Bear and Jono had been on a Friday 'Leo Sayer', strength and endurance event that descended into a MOT marathon that took them well into the early hours of Saturday morning! Judging by the messages and the pics of an empty Barcadi bottle I found on my phone when I woke up anyway. A rather muted day from the boys, probably due to nursing hangovers of Silverback proportions, was followed up by reports Sunday morning that John and Bear were spotted by the ghost of Dian Fossey, racking up the miles once more, around the Witham jungle, 8.23 to be exact! At this rate the 10 mile tab will be a breeze for them come next September!

Homomonstrosities............

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.........you decide! Thankfully these things weren't something my little brother 'aquired' from me! But John decided he'd give them a go. If you see him running around the streets of Witham wearing them, feel free to laugh your socks off!

Those bloody homo trainers have finished me off.....

Well I was warned I looked like a homo but carried on with my run in the 'five toe' trainers and what a bad idea!!! My calf muscles feel like they are going explode and am having great trouble walking. That's my running finished for the next few days. Shame as was hoping to get some miles in this week. Oh well cheers Lloydy Boy but your 'homomonstrosities' as Karl refers to them are being put back in the wrapping! Onwards and upwards.... cheers all John 'aka' BEN

Is very chuffed to announce........

.......that we now have our 16th team member, that's four full teams taking on the Paras'10 challenge as a tribute to my darling brother and raising money for some wonderful causes. Take a bow Pete Johnson. I'm very proud to see so many wonderful friends standing by my side taking this on!

15th member confirmed..........

..........after a period of silence that was at times deafening, John Banks has confirmed he's definitely in. There was some discussion that he may well have been maimed for suggesting to his future wife that he wants to embark on our 'jolly' a week after he gets married. Thankfully though that appears to not be the case, this morning, the thumbs up came, leaving just the one place to fill.
I am now the proud owner of a shiny new gym membership............again! although this one will be getting used to the full extent of its purpose rather then the 4 previous ones which turned out to be rather expensive sauna memberships. 1st personal training session booked for 8pm on thursday under the instruction of no mercy!  Nice job on the sponsorship forms Karl, look really smart mate, all printed and ready to go! So you have all your records up to date, Im collecting for Ella-Maes trust as well and the nickname for my shirt will be 'Beany' mate. If you dont hear from me thursday night it means I passed out at the gym session! x

Message to........

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......Kieron, affectionately known as 'Bear' to us, for obvious reasons, well not obvious if you don't know him! He's a giant of a man, who looks soft and cuddly, but quite possibly not too soft and cuddly if you reside at Chelmsford nick at Her Majesty's pleasure! John had received a message over the weekend from Bear to inform us that he'd completed 4 miles with 9kg on his back, so we thought we'd send him a little message of support to let him know how proud of him we are! Standing in Stony Stratford High Street on Sunday morning, giggling like little schoolboys we found the perfect message.......

.......stepping it up!

With Paul's example ringing alarm bells in the ear lugs, Saturday sees myself in the gym for almost two hours, beasting myself until I'm done. All things cardio, including, the rower, treadmill and cross trainer. Then some strength work for the quads and the shoulders. Little did I know I'd suffer for it so bad come Sunday afternoon during John and I's 'nice' run as he referred to it. 'Nice' is to nondescript, it was hellish, but purely because my quads decided that they weren't having any of it, and staged a sit in after the beasting they got the day before! Without exaggerating for the most part it was 6 miles of agony, which in the grand scheme of things isn't worth writing about, however it gave us something to laugh about with my constant bitching! John just ploughed on like he'd been running miles all his life! Tomorrow morning at 0530 the route will be getting a pasting, as it's officially 10 months until the Challenge, and I'…

Nutter.....

.......it would appear that for some of our team members (well one in particular Mr Paul Cole), that putting themselves through one gruelling challenge is just simply not enough. As well as still continuing to play rugby (at his age), he has just informed us, he has entered the Men’s Health Survival of the Fittest event in London next Saturday (12th November). But not content at that, he is also taking part in the 2012 Virgin London Marathon, raising money for British Heart Foundation (Paul's fundraising page), in memory of his dad. We wish you all the very best buddy (nutter). It looks like the bar has been raised considerably for the rest of us boys!!

Back in the groove........

.....in the relative safety of Virgin Active Gym, there were no angry geese to contend with tonight and no fear of face planting into cow dung! I have the need to get rid of the same amount of weight that I'll be strapping on the back before next years event. Therefore, some serious cardio is on the menu for the next couple of months, to strip the excess before the real work starts. But whilst I'm doing that I shall be getting as much strength work done to beast the legs and begin the endurance work. 4 miles on the rower done tonight, along with some beasting on the treadmill for 20 mins with the gradient at full whack, with quad work to finish!

John continues to set the pace in the training stakes, booming out miles upon miles every week, although there appears to be a few guilt miles thrown in, due to beasting himself at the bar! Thankfully this week so far he's avoided the need to put us all to shame and strap some weight on again, although to be fair if he continues at…

Up to 14 Strong now..........

Chris Walker, Adam Allegri and Oliver Stross have taken the plunge and joined us in our quest to raise as muuch as we can for our chosen causes and as support in our tribute to Lloydy. Chuffed to have so many wonderful people supporting what I'm trying to achieve.

On a personal training note, first run back this morning after a severe ankle strain went ok, apart from an angry gaggle of geese, a minefield of cow sh*t and  getting lost on the public rights of way around Bucks, back to the endurance work tomorrow!

Now there are 11.....

.......we are grateful in our joint suffering to welcome, Neil Bradley and Andrew Cooper into the team mix for the event, we are hoping to add one more before the end of the month and then we'll have 3 teams out there on 9th September, paying tribute to my brother and raising money for some wonderful causes. As always thank you for your support and hopefully before long we'll have some proper stories and photos to adorn this blog!

Thank you.......

Almost a week into the fundraising effort and we've nearly hit £1000.00 for the 3 causes! We can't thank you enough for the support you've already shown, however we've still got a long way to go to achieve all our targets, completing the training and the course, raising as much money as possible and doing Lloydy proud. So please keep the support coming, every bit makes a huge difference, thank you xx

Sponsorship Form

A sponsorship form for Lloydy's Daughters Trust has now been created and is available, so should you wish to contribute to her trust, please get in touch. Thank you.

In memory of a True Hero, my brother, Cpl Lloyd Newell

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On 16th June 2011 Cpl Lloyd Newell was fatally wounded by small arms fire, whilst on operations in Helmand Province, Afghanistan. Cpl Lloyd Newell is my little brother, my hero, a giant among men, a man who always went a little further. A husband, a father, a son, a brother, a brother-in-arms, a friend. A hero, to us all.

As a tribute to him, myself, and at the moment 8 friends (John Middleton, Garf Stock, Craig Ford, Kieron Browne, Jono Twohey, Paul Cole, James Davison and Gaz Brook) have begun training to take part in and complete the Paras'10 P Coy Challenge. This is our diary. The event will take place 9th September 2012, we have 11 months to beast ourselves into shape, to take on one of the toughest endurance races there is, to do my brother proud!

Further to taking part in this challenge as a tribute to Lloydy, we will be raising money for three wonderful causes, The Para Charity, Help for Heroes and my darling nieces trust. Please take the time to visit our pages on this b…