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Richard Vivers steps out for charity

Richard Vivers steps out for charity Wood-Mizer's chief operating officer Richard Vivers took part in the annual Itex Rotary charity walk in June, completing the 48.1 mile (77.41km) route in his target time of 13.5 hours.

More than 1100 people took part in the event, which follows the coastline of Jersey on a complete circuit of the island. Richard Vivers has been a keen participant in the sport of 'fast walking' for many years, but this is the first time he has entered for the Itex Rotary walk.

"We did two 25 mile (40km) training walks and I did a lot of research into nutrition", said Richard. "When you are fast walking at 5mph (8km/h) you can lose up to 3 kilograms during a 25 mile walk and it is essential to eat and drink the right food at the right time, otherwise you become ill.

"It is common to 'carbo-load' before such an event and I had to eat a lot of carbohydrates starting a few days before the event, which meant eating a lot of Polish cakes - that was a struggle, of course, but somebody has to do it!"

The walk is held every year to raise money for charities. Richard used the opportunity to raise money for three schools for young and handicapped people in Kolo, the Polish town where Wood-Mizer Industries is based. With excellent support from the company's employees and others, more than Euro1300 was raised for the schools.

"I thoroughly enjoyed the experience and the challenge of fast walking such a long distance", said Richard. "It was fantastic to raise money for local causes and I am grateful for the support from my sponsors".

Photo: Richard took part in the Itex Rotary walk with two long-time friends, Philip Wilson (who studied forestry with Richard when they were at University) and Robert Thomas

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