Head coach at Chichester Boxing Club, Jarred Partridge, like every boxing coach in the country has been racking his brains during lock down to keep his coaching team busy and to keep his boxers fit and safe.
He has been busy organising online workouts, competitions and chats.
Then he came up with the idea of a sponsored run for his boxers. The aim was to run 100 miles in a day to raise money for a local charity.
This, in his mind, would keep the boxing team together; it would keep his boxers fitness levels up; it would help those in the community that are less fortunate; and it would raise the profile of the Chichester Boys Club.
It was a mammoth task to get all his team running in an urban area to reach their 100 mile target safely whilst also keeping the lock down rules about social distancing.
His team worked on the problems and logistics and came up with a simple relay between Chichester and Havant leisure centre with every boxer running a five mile section, being transported to their start by parents. The route was all on footpaths with each runner accompanied by two members of staff on bikes.
The charity chosen by the boxers was Chestnut Tree children’s hospice which they chose after watching a video of all the amazing work the hospice does for very ill children.
Ash Whiting organised and recced the route and sorted the risk assessment out, Adam Miller organised the fun raising and Jarred Partridge liaised with the charity and oversaw the project. Mark Smith organised the check points and Dave Smith chased everyone up on the day.
It was a long 15 hour day, starting at the Chichester Boys Club at 5.30am and finishing back at the Boys Club at 8.30pm when the club captain Cain Marsh finished his ten mile section.
Ash said: “It was good to see the boxers giving 110 per cent often doing extra mileage.”
In total the boxers covered 130 miles and raised £2,500 for the hospice.
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During the event, the government guidelines regarding social distancing were observed.
“It was great to see young people and parents involved in such a positive activity,” said Jarred Partridge. “Well done everyone!”
A.Whiting = 10 miles (+85 on bike);
A.Miller = 10 miles;
J.Brazil = 2.5 miles;
T.L.Brazil= = 10 miles;
C.Oxley = 5.5miles;
Booth = 5.5 miles;
J.Masters =5.5 miles;
D.Smith = 5.5 miles;
Bevington 10 miles;
Tom Johnson = 7 miles;
T.Furlow = 5.5 miles;
S.McKeowen = 5.5 miles;
Smith = 5.5 miles;
McCormack = 10 miles;
Jack Partridge = 3 miles;
Jarred Partridge 2.5 miles (+75 on bike);
S.McCormack = 10 miles;
Marsh = 10 miles