24HRS4CF WARRIOR GAMES 2018 PRESS RELEASE
25th January 2018 – for immediate release
The man who went from a 10% chance of survival to exercising non-stop for 24 hours has created the 24hrs4cf Warrior Games
In 1987, Josh Llewellyn-Jones was born with cystic fibrosis.
The life-limiting genetic condition meant that his lungs and digestive system can become clogged and he wasn’t expected to make it through the night. He defied expectations then and he’s still doing it today.
30 years later, Josh wasn’t content with becoming one of only 5 people in the world to complete the ‘World Physical Fitness Challenge’ in 2017. Now he wants to push himself even further.
As part of the 24hrs4cf event, Josh, from Cardiff, exercised non-stop for 24 hours to raise awareness and money for cystic fibrosis. He lifted 100 tonnes, cycled 100 miles, rowed 20 miles, ran 10 miles, cross-trained for 10 miles, swam 2 miles, and completed 3,000 sit-ups, 1,000 press ups and 1,000 squats.
Across social media, the 24hrs4cf event reached 8 million people all over the world and inspired many people living with cystic fibrosis.
Along with his family, Josh has helped to raise over £750,000 for cystic fibrosis charities and he’s now set up his own charity to encourage children with cystic fibrosis to exercise. Josh explains, “My hope is, if more children get involved in sporting activities we can increase their life expectancy, just like I have.”
Following on from the success of 2017, Josh has created the 24hrs4cf Warrior Games which will be held at RAF St Athan on 29th June, 2018. The Games will see 20 teams of four, battle it out in 20-minute workouts for 24 hours across 10 different exercises.
Speaking about the event, Josh said, “I wanted to involve more people in the physical challenge this year and give them a glimpse into what it’s like to exercise for 24 hours. Not everyone is up for training for 24 hours nonstop but we’ve had a huge response from people all over the UK who want to enter.
“We’ll also be holding a ‘24hrs4cf Virtual Warrior Games’ where people under 16 can exercise for 24 minutes and people over 16 can exercise for 240 minutes. They’ll be able to record their score online and send in their photos.”
One aspect of 24hrs4cf was to raise the general awareness about cystic fibrosis, but for Josh, his main aim was always to get people with CF exercising. “It’s what’s kept me alive,” he explains. “At 30, statistics show that I shouldn’t be very well at all but I’m the fittest I’ve ever been. I never imagined that the message would reach so many people in year 1. The bar has been set high for Year 2 but I like a challenge!
“We’ve had a fantastic result by securing RAF St Athan, the setting is absolutely perfect and the team over there are fully behind us in wanting to reach even more than the 8 million people we did last year!”
To find out more about 24hrs4cf and the Warrior Games, visit 24hrs4cf.com
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