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Tom’s wheely good charity challenge

A little while ago we heard about a guy called Tom Heaps. Having recently finished a course of treatment for Hodgkins Lymphoma, he and his girlfriend Holly had set themselves a challenge: To cycle from London to Cambridge. During the course of their journey they’ll be raising money for several charities which have helped them through Tom’s brush with cancer. At Wonderush we bloody love people who go beyond their comfort zones, so we had to sit Tom down and find out a bit more about him.

Tell us a bit about yourself:

I’m Tom, I’m 27 and live in West Kensington with my girlfriend.  I work at a bank in the City.  My favourite things to do are: riding my Quella Bicycle in Richmond park, going for nice meals and watching football with a few beers with my friends.

What’s the best thing about life in London?

Living amongst the landmarks and having so much to do on your doorstep, it’s a bit different to the life in the fens I had 3 years ago!

If you could try any activity, anywhere in the world, what would it be and why?

Some sort of scuba diving/wildlife exploring in The Galápagos Islands, you know, something off the beaten track.

How would you spend your dream Saturday in the city?

Watching Arsenal (win) followed by a Michelin star meal and the Comedy Store!

When was the last time you did something for the first time?

Draw my eyebrows after they fell out post-chemo…

What’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever been given?

If you’re going through hell, keep going!

Tom and Holly pedal off into the sunset (which is our poetic way of phrasing it because we are sure they’re not about to start that journey at night time) on July 3rd. If you’re feeling generous, you can support Tom and Holly on their journey by visiting their Virgin Money Giving page here. And, if you want to find out more about Tom and his experience, we highly recommend you check out his blog here.

Good luck guys!

Break Your Routine, Fitness, Live More Awesome, Sports, Things To Do, Try Something New

12 Things that’ll happen to you at bootcamp

A couple of weeks ago, a small delegation of Team Wonderush members hit up the guys at GB Active to try out their bootcamp sessions. Now, there are loads of bootcamps out there. In fact, while we were in Green Park we were working out with at least four other bootcamp companies around us. But we were doing ours with a legit member of actual Team GB, so we knew we were special.

It’s only natural for the mind to wonder a bit when you’re exercising, and in the course of our daydreaming (and/or hallucinations due to our physical unfitness) we put together a list of things that will definitely happen when you do a boot camp for the first time.

  1. No matter how much you think you can’t go on, you will always manage to go on.
  2. “You will always manage to go on” does not mean you won’t complain. You will definitely complain.
  3. You will find out that you are less fit than you think you are.
  4. It will be super-tempting to decide that it looks like it’s going to rain and just leave. Don’t do that.
  5. You will feel very smug if you can do more press ups than somebody.
  6. You will finally realise what resistance bands are used for.
  7. You will learn that they are for torture. Resistance bands are used for torture.
  8. You will want to show off at some point. You will show off at some point.
  9. You will regret not opting for the easier level exercises when you definitely should have done that.
  10. You will be happier to spend time in a tent than you ever have been in your life. Because at least it is not planking.
  11. You will be planning your humblebrags and fitness-based jokes for the next day even as you start to suspect you might die.
  12. You will suddenly discover, about twenty minutes in, that the endorphin high is a real and brilliant thing, and you will vow to chase it forever. After a brief pitstop on the sofa, anyway.

If we’ve whet your appetite you can try out a GB Active bootcamp session through Wonderush here. Hope to see you out and about at something awesome soon!

Popular, Sports

9 rugby world cup problems (for people who don’t know about rugby)

There’s, like, a sporty thing happening at the moment. Fans are really excited. but there’s a huge load of people for whom the Rugby World Cup kind of felt like it happened out of nowhere and now, in the lead-up to what is apparently an essential England Vs. Australia match, these are some of the problems they might be experiencing:

1. People around you have started doing crazy maths that doesn’t really make any sense.

“So, if Wales beat Fiji, and England score nineteen points, and get three tries before 9pm, and Chelsea win some football, and if two thousand Scotland fans eat a bacon sandwich at exactly the same time then England might be able to come second in their group, but then if Australia score-”
Just tell me if we’re winning.
All across the nation entire stadiums full of people sit in silence as they try to work out whether winning a game means they’re still in the com. And this is why we should have listened to our maths teachers.

2. You want England to do well but you’re also scared that Australia will set their animals on you if they lose.

I mean, obviously having a nice gold trophy is lovely, but have you seen what those Aussies have to put up with? What if we anger them and they set their legions of terrifying creatures on us? We can’t help but slightly fear that if we beat them at rugby we’ll be inundated with dinner-plate-sized spiders and man-eating sharks before we know it.

3. Your actual TV time is being taken up.

It feels like the entire nation is into the rugby. And that’s awesome. You fully support this kind of unity and team spirit. But, at the same time, it’s kind of inconvenient that you don’t always know exactly when Corrie’s starting. I mean, priorities guys. Come on.

4. Welsh and Scottish people are suddenly gleeful for reasons you don’t understand.

You have friends who are Welsh, Scottish, Aussie, whatever. Or,in some cases, friends that sound as London as you do and were born in the same hospital as you but declared themselves to be Welsh when they beat England because their great-grandad lived there for a couple of months one summer. But anyway, they greet you with a twinkle in their eyes and barely contained glee in their voices, and you want to share this joke with them, you do. But you can’t play the part of the frustrated sports fan like they want you to because, well, you just …. Can’t get upset.

5. You keep reading newspaper articles comparing rugby players…

…And you definitely want to read all of the statistics and facts about them. But at the same time your brain immediately engages in a game of ‘who’s hotter?’ and it quite often ends with the wrong team winning.

6. Some people can’t talk about England V. Australia without bringing up old victories, regardless of  the sport.

“Yeah, it’ll be a tough match. But you know what wasn’t tough? That time we got them all out for 60.”
“Really? I didn’t think you could do that in rugby”
“No, that was in the cricket.”
But we were talking about rugby. Come on, dude. I’m barely able to continue this conversation about the first sport I’m trying to understand.

7. People have suddenly started talking about bonuses?

It sounds really exciting, because you hear  the word ‘bonus’, and that either means it’s Christmas, you’re getting money, or you’re getting something for free. And then it turns out that it’s actually some kind of scoring thing that not only sounds quite difficult to actually achieve, but that also makes all of the weird and arbitrary maths even harder to understand.

8. You can’t actually watch half of what’s going on.

It’s all going so well and then boom. Somebody smashes into somebody else and it looks really bloody painful, and you shut your eyes, and when you open them again everything’s stopped, and then there’s another scrum and then somebody smashes into somebody else again and… It just goes on forever. Between big pauses and big pile-ups, it’s a tricky watch.

9. You love a stirring song and an inspirational sporting story as much as the next person.

The thing is, while the game itself can be kind of a drag, you love the leadup. Twickenham should probably sell tickets just for people who only want to be there for the national anthems, and the cheering, and the players welling up. Then we could go home, inspired and a bit emotional, and use that energy for something else. Maybe achieving a goal at the gym, or maybe just a really, really inspired takeaway order. It’s your energy.You use it how you please.

It’s a difficult time for a lot of us, but (we think) the Rugby World Cup is nearly out of the group stages. And that means there’s probably a bit less time to go until it’s all over? To be honest, we’re really not sure. It’s all very long and complicated. Stay strong, everybody.