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A HUGE THANK YOU TO ALL OUR #TEAMGREENHOUSE CHAMPIONS WHO TOOK ON A CHALLENGE DURING 2022, OUR 20TH ANNIVERSARY YEAR!

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2022 has been an exciting year with our challenge events CHAMPIONS taking part in bike rides and runs amongst a variety other activities all with the goal of raising vital funds for Greenhouse Sports. We’re so proud to say our incredible #TeamGreenhouse champions raised over £40,700 and every penny raised will go towards developing the lives of young Londoners through sport and giving them the opportunities they deserve to succeed.

Our champions shared their challenge event experiences with us and why they chose to support us.

Meet Dan

Dan first got involved with Greenhouse as part of Coach Core which is a charity that uses the power of sport and apprenticeships to change the lives and future prospects of young adults. Dan took on a series of challenges and activities this year which included:

  • A 300K cycling challenge in three and a half weeks
  • Two and a half marathons within the following three weeks
  • A bucket collection at his football club during a match day against their local rival Stansted. He had over 500 supporters donate money!
  • A raffle at a local town market on a Saturday and had JAMIE OLIVER – yes, the English chef, restaurateur and cookbook author! – help Dan on the day and share his story and our cause online

Dan did this to mark his five-year anniversary working for Greenhouse Sports and to raise funds for both Greenhouse and Coach Core which was truly inspiring. Dan continues his work with Greenhouse to inspire the young people he coaches every day.

“The hardest challenge was doing all the above after just recovering from 10 days of covid. It was fantastic and an amazing experience I wish to repeat again in the future.”

 

RIDELONDON-ESSEX 100

RideLondon is the world’s greatest festival of cycling and part of this is the RideLondon-Essex 100 which took place on the 29th May. We had a team of five take on this epic challenge, riding 100 miles on traffic-free roads from Victoria Embankment in Central London, heading out to neighbouring Essex via the historic Epping Forest, before returning to London for the spectacular finish at Tower Bridge.

Our riders came from a wide range of backgrounds including some from our corporate partners including: SalesStar, Singer Capital Markets, ING and an ex Greenhouse coach!

 


(RideLondon – Singer Capital Market riders: Aubrey and George)

“A large part of the motivation for signing up to the challenge was to raise money for a great cause. I was fortunate enough to grow up surrounded by sporting opportunities, which took up multiple evenings during the week and most of my (and my parents’) weekends and form some of my fondest childhood memories. It would be fantastic to think that the money I raised will go towards giving other children similar experiences as I had.

I really enjoyed the event on the day. The weather was perfect once we set off – not too hot and not too cold. It was fantastic cycling on closed roads and alongside thousands of other participants. The route took us through many parts of London and Essex, which provided some stunning views and gave me a welcomed distraction from my increasingly tired legs! It was a great feeling to cross the line on Tower Bridge at the end, where there was a large crowd cheering everyone on. I look forward to doing more cycling going forward and to hopefully partaking in the event again next year.” – George

 

TCS LONDON MARATHON

The TCS London Marathon is the world’s largest fundraising event. The 26.2-mile challenge starts at Blackheath in Greenwich, passes the Cutty Sark, goes over the world-famous Tower Bridge and through Canary Wharf, before finishing on The Mall in front of Buckingham Palace.

We had a team of nine runners take part on 2nd October however it’s not just a one-day endeavour – our runners dedicated many months to long training runs in the lead-up to marathon day, all whilst raising funds for young people growing up in poverty.

Our runners all had different reasons for wanting to take on the 26.2-mile challenge in aid of Greenhouse – four runners from Adyen (one of our corporate partners) were inspired to support disadvantaged youth with intensive coaching and mentoring to improve their life chances; Steve – a secondary school staff member, was motivated by his passion about using sport as a tool to help vulnerable students; Ben – a social media influencer who wanted to spread awareness of our charity; James who wanted to complete one of the biggest marathons in the world in a good time and Nora who travelled all the way from America to support our cause which is close to her heart!

“Since a young age, I’ve been a competitor, and have relied on sports to help me through difficult times. Having always dreamed of travelling to London and running a marathon, I perused the London Marathon Charity page in the spring of this year. Given my passion for sports, Greenhouse Sports immediately captured my attention. After receiving my acceptance to be part of #TeamGreenhouse for the 2022 London Marathon, I kickstarted my training and fundraising efforts. It was such a pleasure sharing the goals and impact of Greenhouse with my friends, families, and colleagues. It’s hard to describe what finishing my first marathon in the beautiful city of London on Oct 2nd felt like. From the roaring crowds to blue skies, it was an absolute honour wearing my Greenhouse Sports jersey through all 26.2 miles of the London Marathon.” – Nora


(London Marathon runners: James, Ties and Ben)

“Since completing the marathon, a lot of people have asked me “how was it?” There is no short answer to that because the day is a real rollercoaster of emotion and feelings. There was a real buzz of anticipation at the start, the first 10km to Greenwich were a joy and it felt like I was floating on the cheers of the crowds. When I got to Canary that’s when it really started to bite. There is no getting away from the fact that the last 10km is just a continual ramp up of pain and suffering. I saw someone receiving CPR in the Blackfriars underpass (who I later saw on the news had sadly died), which really made me question whether I should just yield to what my body was telling me, and to just walk the last 4km. Mind over matter, I ran on. After 3 hours 21 mins of non-stop running, I had finally done it and was more relieved than anything else to cross the line. The reason I wanted to do the marathon was because it is one of the biggest marathons in the world and is in my home city – and I wanted to run a good time. So all in all, I can look back on my experience with fondness as I completed my goals” – James

“London Marathon completed! The iconic landmarks, amazing energy and never ending crowds turned out to be an experience Ill cherish forever.  Taking on this challenge with Greenhouse sports gave me the opportunity to experience how great the impact of sports and challenge can be and pass this on to young Londoners.” – Ties

“I just really want to thank you and your team on the amazing work that you do and it was an honour to be able to represent your wonderful organisation and for the opportunity, you gave me to push myself to limits that I didn’t realise I still had. I’m now in a more focused fundraising mode because in all honesty, I wasn’t sure I’d finish and so I didn’t spread the word as far and wide due to personal worries. But I did it and now I’m happy to evangelise your organisation and get more money into the fund.” – Liam

 

ROYAL PARKS HALF MARATHON

Royal Parks is one the UK’s most popular running events. As well as travelling through four of London’s Royal Parks – Hyde Park, Green Park, St James’s Park and Kensington Garden – the scenic 13.1-mile route takes runners past some of the capital’s world-famous sites like Buckingham Palace and the Royal Albert Hall.

25 #TeamGreenhouse runners including representatives from our corporate supporters Goldman Sachs, Onside Law, Singer Capital Markets, and Analysis Mason took part in the Royal Parks Half Marathon on 9th  October!

“ I found the event to be challenging but extremely enjoyable. The incredible support from the Greenhouse Sports team and the whole crowd was fantastic and made a real difference. The course itself must be one of the best in the world to run, so it was great running it for that reason, but also knowing that the money raised is going to such a fantastic charity and such an important cause. I would definitely recommend it to anyone.” – Jonathan

“This was my 3rd time running the Royal Parks Half and this was definitely my favourite. The weather was amazing and the atmosphere was incredible as always. I was running with the aim of getting a PB and was so happy when I smashed my previous best time! The best moment was spotting the Greenhouse team during the run, hearing them cheer and meeting up with everyone at the end. It was the perfect way to wrap up all the support I received from Greenhouse since I signed up. Also another massive thank you for sending on the messages from Ama Agbeze before and after the event. As a massive netball fan, this was such a boost!” – Emily

THANK YOU!

A massive thank you to #TeamGreenhouse challenge event champions! Together we can give over 8,000 young people each year access to our sports coaching and mentoring activities that keep them engaged with education, help them achieve better results and better job prospects!

Enjoyed reading this story and now interested in taking part in a challenge with #TeamGreenhouse? Click here to see what challenge events are taking place in 2023 and apply for a place with us! 

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