Monday 9 January 2012

Massive Efforts but not out of Falcons reach!

By Mark Baker BFKKO PR Department.

On Saturday, January 7 a team of Martial Artists and family friends from the Falcon Fight Academy at Dinnington, took part in a sponsored Trek to raise funds for much needed new equipment. 

The day was very well organised and supervised by the experienced Trekker, Glyn Smith. There was a support vehicle and numerous first aid trained people on the walk. The Trek set off from Ladybower reservoir and took in some fantastic scenery. 

There were a total of 18 Trekkers taking part. The youngest of these amazingly, was 11 year old Emily! There were a wide range of fitness levels shown by everyone who took part. The first section was very intense and extremely difficult to complete, as it was virtually straight up! 

There was one person who wanted to quit at the top of this level, but after taking on glucose and sugars, he managed to carry on with some great support from the rest of the team to see him through to the end. True Falcon spirit there for all to see. 

The weather helped the Trekkers by staying dry. The guys were hindered however, by very strong winds. 

The guys took a short break half way around to have a much deserved lunch. 
It was then onwards and upwards to the end of the Trek. The spirit shown by everyone on the trek was amazing. These are a truly motivational group of friends and colleagues. 

After an intense seven and a half hours, the job was done and all the dedicated Falcons were home safe and sound. 

I have to admit that I was the guy who wanted to quit at the top of the first section. It was my birthday, I had broken one of my toes on Christmas day and I thought I was going to die at the top of that section. With great help and support from the Falcons; Glyn, Luke, Alex, Billy and Tom, plus many others, I managed to get through the stress of it all and make the end of the Trek. 

I have never seen such dedication and determination from so many people. Cris Janson-Piers who own the Falcon Fight Academy said, " I am so proud of each and every one of them. They are all genuine Falcons!" 

Kerry who is the chief instructor at the academy, completed the Trek along with everyone else and said, "Everyone struggled with that first section, no matter how well they hid it. It was a good day and plenty of people had fun doing this." 

Cris added that "There were some people who couldn't manage to make the Trek today, who will be doing something else to help raise funds in the near future. This is so they don't feel as though they have let anyone down by not being here today. That is the Falcon spirit coming through." 

Eleven year old Emily said " That was really hard work." 

It was a hard day for me, but the sense of achievement at the end was unbelievable. 

Once all the money has been collected, the amount raised, should be well up the hill towards a thousand pounds. Well done to everyone who took part. You all did excellent.