Ryan Donohue column: Born Survivor

Ryan Donohue, owner of Fitness Formation.
Ryan Donohue, owner of Fitness Formation.

Four months ago, the idea of what we achieved on Saturday was born.

Firstly, we shared the vision with St John’s Hospice. It was about showing support for a truly incredible institution that deserves all the accolades it receives.

Secondly, Born Survivor. There was never any other event that we would have chosen to take on the challenge.

Thirdly. The Lancaster Guardian gave us their backing to work alongside the three other organisations to make this become a reality.

As word spread of what we were aiming to do, more and more people began to get behind the campaign.

In January, training started in earnest.

It was clear from the start that this was going to be a very special experience with an even more special group of people.

On Saturday, the big day finally arrived. 300 Fitness Formation Born Heroes gathered to tackle the very thing that we had all been waiting for. 10km of mud, sweat, and fear.

Before the race began, the team had the chance to look down upon the sea of blue, and the reality hit home.

Then. The race began.

A sea of blue poured up the hill, and spread out in front of us.

Sadly, the team incurred a couple of injuries. It was heart breaking to see two people in that situation.

Even more so, when it’s two of your own team mates.

Many of the team cheered the last members over the line, and the last four months drew to a close.

Special thanks go to Jonic at Home, JWK Solicitors, and an anonymous person for sponsoring our team tee-shirts.

To everyone who trained with the team, and donated to the cause.

To the volunteers, and to all those family and friends who came to cheer on their loved ones.

To all of Fitness Formation’s Born Heroes. To have had the chance to do Saturday’s event side by side with you all is the biggest honour we have ever had.

Thank you from the bottom of our hearts for being a part of making history.

Your lost loved ones will have beamed with pride as they ran alongside you on Saturday.

We are eternally grateful to every single one of you for all the money you have raised – £45,000, and 
counting.