Wagg has a history of providing support and sponsorship to worthy causes as we feel it is important to give something back to our customers and supporters. We do this through both long term sponsorship of individual dogs and teams, and in the form of prizes to a wide range of dogs shows and events all around the United Kingdom.
All our staff are animal lovers, but many also have hobbies and passions that push them to go that extra mile. David has been a member of our sales team since 2011 and has decided, perhaps in a moment of madness, that he is going to take place in Iron man 2014.
David and his family in Greece, 2 weeks before Training
Inspired by friends that finished this year’s event David has signed up for this challenge which takes place in July of next year. He has also committed to raise a significant amount of money in aid of Scope, a charity that helps support disabled people and their families.
David completing his first Triathlon 3 years ago
Ironman consists of 2.5mile swim, a 112 mile bike road, followed by a marathon to finish him off, the winner will come in at around 9hr 30mins, although David is not setting his sights that high, hoping to finish before the cut off of 17 hours. Although he says that seems like a distant dream at present. To prepare for an Ironman event takes 14 hours per week rising to 20 hours as the event gets closer, with long bike rides taking place at the weekends, a joy in the grim UK winter climate.
David plans to run 800 miles, cycle 4000 miles and swim around 80 miles in preparation, with many competitive events planned in between now and then such as the Ironman 70.3 on Exmoor. Since increasing his training regime over the past 4 weeks David has lost 16lbs in weight and cycled 97 miles last weekend in a little under 6 hours.
And David isn’t alone in his fundraising activities as this last weekend we had a member of staff involved in fundraising dives for Pendleside Hospice.
This involved a day of silliness which included an underwater gym circuit and giant drafts board, underwater fruit and sausage eating competition and lots of pink. This took place in memory of a friend who sadly lost his fight with cancer.
Meanwhile on dry land Emma took on the York marathon running an impressive 26.2 miles for Rochdale Dog Rescue who take in dogs from the pound to prevent them from being put to sleep and the Jane Thomlinson Cancer appeal.
On Saturday Archie completed a 12 mile sponsored walk for the East Cheshire Hospice in Macclesfield. Starting at the Cat & Fiddle pub in the Peak District (a good excuse his dad thought for a quick drink – rude not too I think was his official wording!) which at 1690 ft is the second highest pub in England, and finishing at the East Cheshire Hospice in Macclesfield.
Archie and his dad took just over five hours to complete (this could have been done much quicker but his dad would not be persuaded, despite some brilliant encouragement from Archie – have you ever seen a dog pull a grown man down a road?? BOL!) Although Archie did not mind his short lunch break for some Wagg dog food.
East Cheshire hospice cares for adults with incurable dieses and with only 20% of the running costs being funded by government, requires an additional £6,000 of fundraising for every day of the year! Archie raised a decent £250 – way to go pal!
Although he was rather tired on Saturday night – in fact I think he and his dad had a snoring competition!
On Sunday as a well done for all his fundraising efforts Archie was taken to play on the beach.
Wish I could have gone!