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Vapour’s CEO Tackles 286km Challenge in One Week

Huddersfield tech boss Tim Mercer should have been heading to Costa Rica this Autumn, to make his way from the east to the west of the island in only five days, to help raise £23,000 for the premature birth charity, Borne.  The endurance challenge would have seen him tackle almost 300km of terrain on bike, foot, kayak and raft.

The pandemic may have halted his ambitious plans but it hasn’t stopped his fundraising drive. Instead of making his way to the Caribbean Sea, he’s devised a very similar itinerary, that he’s smashing in five days at his local gym, Reform, at Vapour’s Huddersfield HQ  instead – with the Yorkshire Three Peaks climb thrown in for good measure!

The five-day feat, which started on 11 October, will see Tim complete 13km of runs, 20km of rowing and 211km of cycling, as well as the 42km Yorkshire Three Peaks climb in only eight hours!

Tim’s quest forms the latest in a series of events organised by the Vapour team, as colleagues collectively strive to hit their £23,000 target, before the middle of next year.

His original adventure – which was billed as testing the limits of participants’ physical and mental endurance – would have seen him traverse remote jungle routes, reach heights of up to 3000m, and pass coffee and sugar cane plantations, before reaching the Pacific Ocean.

Tim:  “When I first signed up for the Costa Rica coast to coast expedition – which would have seen me tackle the 286km with the likes of Will Greenwood MBE – I knew it was going to be tough. But if it was easy, why would people sponsor me?  I don’t like to do anything half-heartedly. I’ve been training for months and didn’t want the planning and effort to go to waste. So, I put my thinking cap on, and have planned my own version of the challenge, which matches the Costa Rica itinerary as closely as possible – just with slightly different scenery!  I really hope people will dig deep and support me, whether they donate to the JustGiving page or turn up to run a few kilometres alongside me!”

Vapour has raised £7,183.16p  for Borne to date, with a golf day at Oulton Hall being the most recent event to boost the coffers.

To support Tim, you can donate via JustGiving and follow his progress on social media.

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