By Len Dunne, Elivar Co-Founder
Red Szell got me into Wild Water Swimming. He coaxed me down to the Hampstead Men’s Ponds with the promise of a 50M swim followed by mulled wine and mince pies.
Before I knew it, I was hooked.
Red and I are now swimming buddies. We’ve swum all over together including completing the Henley Mile but I’m a useless friend – he’s such good company that I forget that he’s blind: if I’m walking with him I’ll invariably walk him into a wooden bench, park gates, low hanging branches. Those examples are easy to come by – I’ve walked him into all three in the past month.
Red is a published author – Blind Trust and The Blind Man of Hoy - a broadcaster (his show on the RNIB regularly pulls in over 100k listeners) and a superb climber. He is the first blind person to climb the Old Man of Hoy, a sea stack off Scotland that was first mastered by Chris Bonnington.
My reason for writing this blog is that Red is in the running for the Holman Prize for funding to undertake an extreme sports triathlon. He plans to mountain bike tandem, open water swim and rock climb to the summit of Am Buachaille (a 213 ft sea stack off the coast of Scotland) and, in the process, he hopes to change people's perceptions of blindness.
Have a look at Red’s video and please "like" this video before the closing date which is March 7th
BigFeat Events, recognized for orchestrating captivating endurance events, stands out for its dynamic blend of cycling and running sportives. The recent "Beast to the East" cycling sportive, held on May 21st, is a sterling example of their commitment to crafting exhilarating experiences. A cornerstone of the success and popularity of these events has been the provision of Sustain Go! energy gels, generously sponsored by Elivar.
Previous running and events such as the "Bigwayround Trail Run" and "BigSea Trail Run" also benefited from the free distribution of Sustain Go! energy gels, much to the participants' delight. The energy boost and quicker recovery offered by these gels have consistently been instrumental in empowering athletes to perform their best.
Did you know that Nicotinamide Mononucleotide (NMN), the star ingredient in numerous anti-aging supplements, also moonlights in several foods you might already enjoy? It's true! NMN is a vital precursor to NAD+, a molecule crucial to many biological processes, like cell growth, DNA repair, and metabolism. But as we age, NAD+ levels take a hit, and bolstering them through NMN intake can be beneficial. Now the question arises, can we simply count on our daily meals for our NMN fix?