Two self-confessed former ‘sofa jockeys’ have been training hard to tackle a series of tough fitness tests to raise money for their friend’s son.
Former Mandeville School students Ben Still and Jason Miles, both 46, have known eachother since they were four years old.
They are taking part in the SuperHuman Games in Bristol on June 6 and 7, where they will be flipping tyres, carrying sandbags and bouncing up from burpees to raise as much money as they can for five-year-old Alec Syphas.
Alec suffers from Duchenne muscular dystrophy, which affects his mobility, and his father is Ben and Jason’s fellow former classmate, Roy Syphas.
Mr Still, of Rowland Way, Aylesbury, said: “When I learned of Alec’s plight I immediately knew I had to do something, anything to help, as my fiancé Annie and I have five healthy kids between us.
“Jason and I had recently taken up Cross-Fit in an attempt to shift the middle aged paunch and get fitter after a decade of being sofa jockey dads, and we were looking for a challenge to test our progress.
“Then we had a lightbulb moment – The SuperHuman Games! I used to teach martial arts and Jason was a competitive rower for the RAF, but then we had children and that went on the backburner.”
The pair have been pumping iron and sweating it out for eight months with personal trainers Adam Williams and Tim Bentham – who are also competing in the games in June – at The Train Station in Smeaton Close, Aylesbury.
The two friends – who together make up the team 92 Not Out – are aiming to raise £5,000 for the Friends of Alec Syphas charity, and have already got more than £500 all together.
Mr Still explained that little Alec is having trouble with the leg splints that he has to wear in bed at night, so Ben and Jason are hoping to raise enough to buy him some more advanced ones privately.
Mr Still said: “Duchenne muscular dystrophy affects all the muscles and is a life-ending illness with no cure.
“Alec has trouble being mobile at the moment, by his teens he will be in a wheelchair and eventually it will mean paralysis and death.
“But he always has such a big grin on his face, he really is a fantastic little chap. He’s very brave, and we want to make his quality of life better so that’s why we’re doing this.”
Mr Still and Mr Miles will be cheered on by their families and Alec’s family in June, when they tackle the SuperHuman Games for the first time.
Alec’s family are originally from Aylesbury but recently moved to Sheffield, so are keeping family and friends up to date with his progress on Facebook – search Friends of Alec Syphas.
To donate, visit gogetfunding.com/project/the-superhuman-games.