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Crossfit trainers hit £2,000 for fundraiser in memory of 'beacon of positivity' Samuel

Gordon Fearn with Samuel Oldridge
Gordon Fearn with Samuel Oldridge

A TEAM of CrossFit trainers and students have raised £2,000 by joining forces for a double Ironman challenge in memory of eight-year-old Samuel Oldridge from Ringwood.

The endurance feat was led by Ringwood taekwondo master and CrossFit coach Gordon Fearn, who undertakes regular fundraising activities in memory of former pupil Samuel, who died of cancer in 2009.

Gordon, who runs a taekwondo school and also coaches at the Complete Active CrossFit gym in Ringwood, said: “Samuel was born in 2000 and diagnosed aged three with a brain tumour which caused him to lose his vision.

"Even though Samuel was blind he never let it stop him doing anything and nor did he ever give up in whatever he tried to do.

“Samuel showed no fear, he inspired us all because he achieved so much at such a young age and had the ability to make us all smile.”

Members of Ringwood's Complete Active have taken part
Members of Ringwood's Complete Active have taken part

Together with a team of other coaches including Mark Smallbones, Mark Newton, Richard Jarvis, Oliver Jones, and Lionel Newton, Gordon undertook a double ironman challenge to raise money for the Samuel Oldridge CLIC Sargent appeal.

Soon other fitness trainees and enthusiasts signed up, and the 60-strong team smashed the goal of completing the double Ironman by swimming 6.5 miles, cycling 436 miles and running 367.75 miles in one day.

Gordon said: “Samuel is always an inspiration and a beacon of positivity, even in these challenging times, missed but never forgotten.”

To support the Samuel Oldridge CLIC Sargent appeal visit www.justgiving.com/fundraising/samueloldridge

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