Mike and Olly Strive with Richard Branson

Posted on 26 Aug 2014 Posted in  Tips & Updates
Mike and Olly Strive with Richard Branson

Our Co Founders, Mike Tomkins and Olly Ragg are currently in the spectacular Alps along with the Core Team of the Strive Challenge. You may remember we recently posted about their training and the fantastic charity Big Change which all the efforts are in aid of.

As promised, we have managed to get an update from the depths of Switzerland from both Mike & Olly and so we will share any news here with you on the blog.

Day One started with great excitement and a chance of quick photo with some of the members of the Core Team including Richard Branson before setting off.

There was no chance of being eased into things as Day 1 started as the challenge means to go on with a gruelling climb of over 900m though they were allowed an extended lunch break at a glorious altitude of 2260m!

The views were spectacular and the weather looks sunny and the high factor sun block was certainly needed at that altitude! I wonder if when Mike & Olly return they may have a pretty good sun tan/burn!

They managed to complete Day 1 and I haven't received any reports of blisters!

It was a "snug" night on Day 1 as the team were sharing a dorm with 10 people - I'll try find out who snores for you! But I suspect that everyone was so tired from their efforts that they'd have been very glad to see a bed!

Day 2 began with a little surprise for one of our co founders - Mike, no, not a present but a lovely nosebleed! Turns out that Mike's nose was reacting to the high altitude that the Strivers are dealing with. After a date with the Kleenex Mike was raring to go for the rest of the day...

They've got a tough day ahead with 9 hours of hiking through all kinds of weather and terrain but with views like this - I'm sure they'll have a day to remember.

The Strive Challenge Core Team including Mike & Olly are striving for a great reason - Big Change. Big Change is a charitable organisation which focuses on giving young people in the UK an opportunity to learn and develop the skills they need to become happy, healthy and productive adults. The projects they are involved with  cover teamwork, communication, relationships, and a chance to improve their emotional wellbeing and physical health.

Make sure you visit the blog again tomorrow to hear how the remainder of Day 2 was and each day until the whopping 180km's are complete!

Cilrath28 Aug 14 - 22:55(And your feet, knees, hips etc!) Yes I like this post! Well done guys. I 'walked' up sulphur mountain in Banff, Canada earlier this summer, it took about 1hr 45 mins & That was plenty for me! Sleep well, eat well, stay healthy, be nice to everyone. Will donate when I work out how.