Race to the Stones

calendar icon2015-02-11 00:00:00
Race to the Stones

 

Dixons Carphone's Race to the Stones

It is described as „100 km of breathtaking scenery, millennia of history, team work and determination”.  Personally, I can imagine better reasons to be out of breath during a race other than for the scenery however, there were 6 of us who decided to take the charitable challenge. Of course, there is always an overriding thought behind the events organized by the Dixons office and it is no different this time. Each member of the team of racers was asked to help to raise 500 GBP for charity.  This means that for every km of the race, 5 GBP will go directly to helping vulnerable children and young people under 25 – through the charity Get Connected – the UK’s free and confidential helpline. The target for the race in terms of money for the charity is 70,000 GBP.

 

We are proud to have 6 of our colleagues representing the Brno SSC in this race for charity. They have 6 months to go - 6 month to prepare - for what is probably the feat of their lifetime. Some of them, though, consider this to be a piece of cake as they thrive on being challenged by ultra marathon challenges. We will introduce each one of them and then, when the time is right – July 11-12, we will write about their experiences in our Espresso newsletter.

 

Let the Race to the Stones series begin by introducing one of our developers Pavel Rozehnal:

Hi everybody, I accepted this race because I really enjoy these kind of challenges. Races like this can test your mind even more than your body! I have experienced these ultra-marathons and it was always a really strong experience in every instance. When I found out the race is supported by our company with good purpose, I did not hesitate at all to join in. It was really nice to find out that there are other people who want to join the race too. In a couple days, we had formed a racing group and registered ourselves for the race. We have started an occasional jogging training (everyone is free to join) and long distance walks during some weekends. The next one will take place on the 14th February (Valentine day) in the morning. 

I have already participated in other ultra races including one similar 100km race organized right here in Brno. The goal was to go around all of Brno in a 24 hour limit. I was really tired by the last 30km and the last 10km was unbelievably long for me. But when you reach the finish line, you are indescribably happy (you don’t have to walk more).  I made it in 21 hours. 

 

The other ultra races that I like are the cycling 24h ultra-marathons. If you enjoy cycling, this is the way to prove it (and test your bum too). In these races, you have 24 time window and your goal is to ride as many kilometers as you can. My best result is 527km.

 

Besides these ultra-marathons, I have another passion. Almost every year I spend approximately one month on the mountains. I have already climbed the highest mountain on the Southern Hemisphere - Aconcagua, 6961m, the world's most northern 7,000-meter peak - Khan Tengri, 7010m and Peak Korzhenevskaya, 7105m. This year we are going to McKinley/Denali, 6168m - the highest peak in North America and the northernmost mountain above 6,000 meters elevation in the world.   

 

My current goals include to ride more than 600km within 24h cycling and to climb any 8000m peak. 

 

Thank you all for supporting us in the Race to the Stones and be with us. We will need it! 

Gabriela Vasey, Office Support & Pavel Rozehnal, PHP Developer

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