Last month we announced that Lee Ashman, Kickboxing father of two, was planning to raise money for the organisations which helped his son cope with Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis by doing 100 rounds of sparring in one go! Lee, who started Kickboxing with his son (seven at the time of the diagnosis) as a way of strengthening the knee primarily affected by the Arthritis and to keep them both active, organised the fundraiser on behalf of Nuffield Orthopaedic Centre (Oxford) and Children’s Chronic Arthritis Association (CCAA).
Now, with the gruelling (but rewarding) five and a half hour experience over and having had a chance to catch his breath, I spoke with Lee to find out just how successful his event was.
I struggled at the start to settle into a pace, but after about round 20 I was OK… up until between round 70-80. I was struggling, but a couple of energy gels helped me push through!
And how was the turn-out? There must have been quite a few people there to spar with?
There were 20-30 people there throughout most of the 5 and a half hours. I actually did two extra rounds with my daughter Chloe and, of course, with my son Adam (short clip below) – who inspired the whole thing. Also the raffle and donations went well; lots of prizes from local businesses and the BKC all together.
So, we’re all dying to know – how much did you raise in the end?
The day went really well; I think we will have raised about £1,100! I would like to thank my wife Leyla, who has been a massive support, also every one at Freestyle Martial Arts Witney (where I train) and another local club; Windrush Kickboxing (run by Chris Hoyles).
Finally, I heard a rumour you might be looking to take this idea even further?
That’s right! I’m now planning to try for the sparing world record (I believe currently at 178 rounds) – I’m going to try for 200! Traing starts in the new year.
We would like to congratulate Lee for everything he has acheieved already, thank everyone who took part and donated and wish him all the best as he trains for his next amazing fundraising event! Of course, if you’d still like to donate, you can do so at Lee’s JustGiving page: www.justgiving.com/Lees100rounds.