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Virgin Strive Challenge Training Diary

This September, naughtone Sales Director Matt Welsh and Creative Director Kieron Bakewell will be taking on the Virgin Strive Challenge, alongside other entrepreneurs including Richard Branson, to take part in two out of five Strive stages. The Virgin Strive Challenge aims to raise money for Big Change; a charity that invests in big ideas that offer alternative ways of supporting young people. They do this by finding, incubating, and connecting powerful ideas to the people and support that can make change a reality.

The duo are part of a group of 100 Strivers, who are all taking part in various stages of the challenge, and who would all greatly welcome your support! Click here to donate what you can.

Matt’s Training Diary

Matt is launching himself into stage 4; a 5 day hike from Tignes to Chamonix covering 20km a day with an ascent of 1000m per day.

Matt has has to start from scratch with this challenge, needing to buy a pair of walking boots before setting off training all over the Yorkshire Dales, taking on the Yorkshire three peaks in the wind and rain within 10 hours as well as the Peak District, and hiking for 2.5 hours to work and back, twice a week!

Follow Matt’s training on his Instagram @Matt__Welsh

Kieron’s Training Diary

Kieron is embarking upon stage 3; a grueling 5 day cycle from Monaco to Tignes, covering 110km a day with an ascent of 2100m per day.

Kieron is a keen cyclist and mountain biker but has had to throw himself into training, as the route will take him through many of the Tour de France climbs! To get going, Kieron has been cycling through the hills of the Lake District and challenging himself to get to work on his bike, within 30 minutes. He lives a 35 minute drive away…

If you would like to show your support for our naughtone Strivers, then please donate what you can to the Virgin Money page here.

All donations will be greatly appreciated towards to the grand total of £15,000!