The Velo House cafe is hosting the second Above and Beyond event, in Tunbridge Wells on Tuesday 4th October. Inspirational speakers sharing their inspirational sporting stories, giving fitness enthusiasts a chance to hear from people pushing themselves to their limits.
We will hear from each speaker and then breakout into smaller groups so people can ask questions.
On the 4th October, we will be hearing from:
Mark Sheridan, the first Brit to swim the length of Lake Geneva in just over 33 hours
Mark completed the 54th longest swim in history this year and 3rd longest by a Briton when he completed Lake Geneva taking him 33 hours, 6 minutes and 51 seconds which is in excess of a 2-way English Channel at 43 miles. Mark has also completed the English Channel (twice), Loch Lomond, Catalina Channel off the coast of Los Angeles and the SCAR Challenge in Arizona which consists of 4 lakes in 4 days covering 40 miles. So, no stranger to pushing his body to the limits but after an operation and being told he would never swim long distances again and need to use a knee brace and crutches to walk for the rest of his life, he decided to prove his doctors wrong. Come and hear how Mark recovered and achieved what he was told, the unachievable.
Sam Jones, crew on one of the English Channel escort boats who spends the Summer months supporting hundreds of Channel swimmer hopefuls in achieving their dream of swimming to France
Sam has dedicated her life to helping Swimmers train to achieve their dreams. Every Year from May to October, Sam crews one of the escort boats that supports swimmers across the English Channel as well as helping the 100 odd swimmers that turn up on the beach in Dover every weekend to train. Sam is a two-time solo Channel swimmer herself with many other open water swims under her belt. When she's not on the water you can find her pounding the streets of Dover training for her next mud run or marathon or out on a call with the Dover Lifeboat crew. With all this experience Sam knows what swimmers go through during a Channel swim and she will be speaking about how the support crew need to work together to make each crossing a successful one.
Fiona Brenninkmeijer, a sports nutrionist to talk us through how and why we need to prepare out bodies for sporting events and what to take on board during and after
Fiona has working in the industry for over 13 years. Whilst working as a personal trainer in the 90s, Fiona became fascinated with Nutrition. With a background in food science and technology, upon returning to the UK in 2000, Fiona qualified as a Nutritional Therapist later gaining an MSc in Sports Nutrition to combine her passions for nutritional food with sport and exercise.
Fiona works according to the principles of Functional Medicine combing the latest scientific data with coaching techniques (Master NLP practitioner). This approach supports athletes to maximize their training, recovery and competition plans and achieve their goals.