Ste Johnson

24hr Warrior Games 2022

Fundraising for CF Warriors
raised of £3,000 target
Warrior Games 2022
Campaign by CF Warriors (RCN 1178063)
The Warrior Games is a fitness event where teams of 4 go head-to-head in a tag team style circuit non-stop...for 24 hours. This event is for all fitness levels, it's not all about winning.


Thanks for reading this bit from Ste, Lee, Ian & Ross!

The “why”….

Well my story starts 22yrs ago with a beautiful girl who had a nasty cough and an IV line hanging out of a bandage on her arm. I didn't know a thing about Cystic Fibrosis back then, but that girl is now my wife, and over the last 22yrs we have spent a lot of time in Broadgreen hospital. Anna would often need to stay in hospital for 2 to 3 weeks at a time to undergo intensive  IV antibiotic treatment with steroids as and when her lung function would drop and she would get sick. There were some dark times where it felt like Anna was in hospital every other week, and we had to make certain lifestyle choices. We did make some CF friends along the way though, other couples our age trying to manage life and CF just like us! Over the years Anna has had to significantly reduce her work hours and as her health deteriorated even considered medical retirement. Over the last few years Anna has really focussed on her treatment, her nutrition, her medication and most of all her exercise. She has Cystic Fibrosis, Diabetes, Osteoporosis, high blood pressure, two dogs and a visually impaired husband, so plenty of reasons to swerve the gym!

How does this fit in with the charity and this challenge?

Well a few years ago we took up CrossFit, If you have never seen or heard of it check out the CrossFit Games on NetFlix, in a nut shell it combines Olympic weight lifting, gymnastics and Cardio / endurance. We started going to our local CrossFit Box 3 times a week at first and nowadays 5 times per week! The impact and the results below are truly outstanding, firstly and most importantly Anna has barely spent a night in hospital since we started CrossFit / exercise!!!! 

As a result of Cystic Fibrosis Anna also has Osteoporosis thinning her bones, and during one of Anna's coughing fits she broke bones in her back the T7 and T8 vertebrae, and has also broken several ribs on other occasions. Despite these injuries the CrossFit coaches were able to work with Anna, and focus on what she "could" do, and find ways to build up her posterior chain and general core strength to support and protect her thinning bones. Interestingly one way to counter thinning bones is to do weight bearing exercise. Anna has what's called a Dexa scan every year to measure the rate at which her bones are thinning, imagine our surprise that after 12months of Crossfit for the first time EVER Anna's annual Dexa scan showed a slight reversal, her bones literally got thicker! However the most significant change has been her lung function, she will never get back to full capacity and will always have to struggle on with a significant reduction in lung function, the absolute mountain of medication and treatments, but she has been managing to keep her lungs as clear as they can be due to all the cardio with far greater effect than the machines and physio at the CF clinic. I am really pleased to say that Anna right now is fitter, stronger and healthier than she was at 18 or 21,  and 32 which is a significant age  as that was her life expectancy when we met. She is now 40!!

Anna's is an amazing story, and it’s not the only one, we want to inspire parents that have kids with CF and motivate young people with CF to prioritise sports and exercise. One guy with CF (Josh LlewellynJones OBE) is so passionate about it he started the charity, he himself has completed various ultra endurance events, oh and he set a new world record by lifting a million kilos in 24hrs........ but it’s still not enough, more needs to be done. We need to get this message out and we need to help get all CF kids into fitness. 

As a team we will give it absolutely EVERYTHING for 24hrs because it means so much, we’ve trained hard and if you sponsor us we will remember you 9hrs in, 12hrs in, 15hrs in 18hrs in 21hrs in, no matter the score or leaderboard and after 23hrs, exhausted and sore we will push hard going all in FOR YOU who sponsored us! So thank you to you all, WOD SQUAD!

The Warrior Games is a fitness event where teams of 4 go head-to-head in a tag team style circuit non-stop...for 24 hours.This event is for all fitness levels, it's not all about winning.The aims of the Warrior Games are: To educate the participants and the wider audience on social media about Cystic Fibrosis and what dailylife is like To inspire children and families with Cystic Fibrosis all over the world to get into exercise and stay healthy To raise money which will fund more Warrior Packs and vital research into exercise, nutrition and the new world of Modulator DrugsEvent Location: RAF 29 Regt RLC, Gymnasium, Duke of Gloucester Barracks, Cirencester, GL7 5RDEvent Date: 10am Saturday, June 18th 2022

About the campaign

The Warrior Games is a fitness event where teams of 4 go head-to-head in a tag team style circuit non-stop...for 24 hours. This event is for all fitness levels, it's not all about winning.

About the charity

CF Warriors

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RCN 1178063
CF Warriors is a charity set up to help get children with cystic fibrosis into sport and exercise to improve their lives and increase their life expectancy.

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