Squadron Leader Summerfield is attempting to break the current 12 hours burpee world record whilst raising money and awareness for a cause that is close to his heart.
The event, that is being held at RAF Honington, will see Sqn Ldr Summerfield attempt to break the current world record of 5,750 chest to ground burpees in 12 hours whilst raising money for the Alzheimer’s Society.
Sqn Ldr Summerfield said:
The build-up has been tough, particularly as it is the second time, I have built myself up for the challenge having originally planned to complete the activity last year. My preparations have seen me complete up to 500 chest to ground burpees at least 3 times a week for the past 4-months, as well as inserting burpees into nearly all of my other workouts. I chose the Alzheimer’s Society in memory of my grandmother who fought a long battle with both Vascular Dementia and Alzheimer’s before passing away in 2015.
The 12-hour challenge starts at 0800 in RAF Honington’s sports hall on the 17th September, where Sqn Ldr Summerfield will be joined by colleagues throughout the day to support him during his physically demanding challenge.
RAF Honington Station Commander Group Captain Dutch Holland said:
Sqn Ldr Summerfield has set himself an incredibly tough challenge for this most worthy of causes. We are in awe of his efforts to raise money and awareness of Alzheimer’s and we wish him the very best of good luck!
The charity became close to Sqn Ldr Summerfield heart after losing his grandmother to the disease in 2015. After witnessing the effects of Alzheimer’s first-hand, he decided to help raise money for the Alzheimer’s Society, who provide support to people living with dementia and fund research into finding a cure for the disease.
My grandmother was a strong woman, but all this changed with her diagnosis in 2008 and the slow decline in her health started. Her memory and ability to recognise loved ones vanished, as did her physical health. Nothing scares me more than this illness. Not being able to interact with loved ones would break anyone’s heart.
This isn’t Sqn Ldr Summerfield’s first challenge for the Alzheimer’s Society, having completed various obstacle races in fancy dress for the charity, he said:
This is the fourth event I have completed in aid of the Alzheimer’s Society having previously ran Nettle Warrior dressed as Ariel from Little Mermaid, Winter Wolf as Tinker Bell and most recently Tough Mudder as Harley Quinn, fishnets and all!