Gary and Lisa.Ride London

August 2014
A picture of the married couple, Gary and Lisa, on Ride London! We are so pleased to hear you had a happy day and thank you for all your support of Isla's Fund and raising more than £1,500.

August 2014
Dom after his 55km Ultra Trail Marathon in Borneo. The race involves a climb of 3,000 meters, running through the jungle, around the base of Mount Kinablu as well as a series of river crossings.

Dom recalls that the first 4 hours were lovely. Belting sun to the point where it was probably a bit too hot, rope bridges and river crossings, so lots of fun. Enjoying it so much, it appears, he was up with the pace and 15th at the half way stage. However in the mountains it was a little tougher - 6 hours of torrential equatorial rain and the 3,000 metre ascent. In writing this I imagine it to be like the Tour de France for those having a first attempt - first few days on the flat making it not seem 'too bad' but then the mountains….However in this case Dom did not seem to struggle too much coming in at the line in 34th place out of 400 competitors (200 did not even finish, such is the challenge) with an impressive time of 10 hours 42 minutes!

Well done Dom - an incredible effort and thank you for all your support.

Dom has raised more than £1,200 for Isla's Fund

Dom Lane
Broowood Hall

June 2014
Thank you so much to all the children, parents and teachers of Broomwood Hall, Garrads Road for your support of Isla's fund over the last year.

We were so pleased and grateful to hear, through your 3 cake sales, you have raised a total of £900. This equates to a serious number of cakes that must have been sold...and therefore eaten! It is also a fantastic amount of money that will be going directly into supporting research into rare childhood brain tumours. Thank you

May 2014
Sophie Dickens, Becky Donaldson, Arabella Laxton and Lucie Allcock were challenging themselves to walk the highest mountains in Scotland, England and Wales within 24 hours – the three peaks challenge!

We are pleased to hear they did it! A fantastic achievement. While reports came back of beautiful scenery, blue sky on Scarfell Pike and snow capped peaks on Ben Nevis, conditions were also testing at times - including 40mph winds at top of Snowdon at 3am on Sunday morning! Big groups of boys were apparently turning back from the mountain due to the elements, yet the only 'all girl' group were determined not to be beaten arriving at the top to find they were the only people there! Sophie, amazing to see you at the top of Ben Nevis after walking the final 45 minutes through snow..

Here is a picture of the team by the 'red wagon' after climbing Scarfell. Special thanks to Will, their driver, whose heart must of been in his mouth when he received a call from mountain rescue at the foot of Snowden…..only to be told the girls had walked to the other side of the mountain!

Massive thank you from us and GOSHCC for raising more than £2,300 for Isla's Fund.

Ben Nevis

March 2014
Well done to all the children at Noah's Ark Nursery in Wandsworth who undertook a cycle challenge for Isla's Fund - circling their classroom as many times as possible in 10 minutes on their bikes and scooters. 34 budding cyclists completed the challenge probably a little dizzy but without injury and raised a staggering £2,108.63! Thank you to all who took part, teachers and parents for their support and generosity for the cause…..

January 2014
It seems an eternity since Pete Hensby last got his hair cut. Seemingly competing with Hull City's Tom Huddlestone's mop (resolved not to have a haircut until he broke his goal drought, but hadn't anticipated that it would be two-and-a-half years between trims), his colleagues at Jones Lang said enough was enough.....it had to go! Pete raised an incredible £1,000 for Isla's Fund.

Thanks to all those who donated and especially to Pete for undertaking what appears to have been a drastic chop for the cause. Annie has already commented how good it looks.....interested to see how many 'likes' you get from the girls?!

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January 2014
A huge thank you to Rhod and Annabel Richards. Their twins, Scarlett and Rhys, were baptised in August and in place of christening presents family and godparents contributed to Isla's Fund raising £900. An unbelievable act of goodwill, thank you.

Fiona Thatcher

December 2013
Well done Fiona Thatcher for completing the Great South Run in 1 hour 53 and raising over £750. All the hard training certainly paid off and it sounds as though you have unleashed a new passion for running...?!

Gillian

December 2013
An amazing contribution from Gillian Aram (left) and Lisa Russell (middle) who completed the Richmond Park 10km run both previously 'non-runners'! Gillian commented 'I wouldn't even run for a bus so it's going to be a challenge!' Lisa decided to create a mini-triathlon of her own with a 5 day hike in Iceland, joining Mikey for the final stage of Isla's Tour and ending with the 10km run. Thank you both so much for all your hard earned fundraising.

December 2013 Joe Smith look fairly knackered after running the Birmingham Half Marathon also in under two hours...he would have given Alex Chambers a run for his money! Thank you Joe for running for the cause and raising such a huge amount of money.

Ed Smith
Chambers

December 2013
Alex Chambers raised more than £600 having run the Henley Half Marathon. On a very wet, cold and muddy day, which reminded him of enforced school cross country, he ran an impressive 1 hour 49 minutes...there are rumours that the next stop may be the London Marathon 2014...?! Thank you Alex. Great effort.

October 2013
Not only were Nic Lowry and James Wilkinson key domestiques on Isla's Tour but they have also recently competed in Ironman Wales, in Tenby, raising £1,350 for Isla's fund.

As many of you know an Iron Man is a long distance triathlon including a 2.4 mile sea swim, 112 mile bike and a 26.2 mile marathon run. Wales is relatively new to the Ironman circuit, but is now renowned as the hardest course in the world..something James and Nic had not considered when they signed up for the event!

The triathlon was very much 4 seasons in one day, starting with glorious sunshine at 7am with the sea swim. However by 11am, the weather changed to heavy downpours on the bike course, not exactly ideal on a very hilly course! It made the wet weather training on Isla's tour, the Lake Windermere leg, even more valuable!

The sun made a second appearance on the arduous marathon course before it started to set! A long day, but both Nic and James made it home before the 17 hour cut off time.

Times recorded were as follows:

Nic Lowry - 13 hours 00 mins 41 seconds (543 / 1677)
James Wilkinson - 14 hours 44 mins 53 seconds (1004 / 1677)

I do not know how the body can keep exercising for so long and am not sure I was even awake that long on the given day! Well done to you both and thank you so much for all you support over the last few months to Isla's Brighter Future Fund.

Nic&James

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