Burpees... read ‘em and weep

David pictured with younger brother and Derry City goalkeeper Gerard Doherty.
David pictured with younger brother and Derry City goalkeeper Gerard Doherty.

If you you’ve ever met Derry man David Doherty you’ll know he’s a person who says what he means and means what he says. When David said he would he complete a 2013 burpee challenge he meant every word of it.

Thirty-three year-old, David Doherty, works as a health and fitness instructor for the Bogside and Brandywell Health Forum (BBHF).

In the early hours of the morning on Sunday May 12, David entered the sports hall in Long Tower Youth Club in the Brandywell.

David started his quest at 7am and 2013 burpees later he completed the challenge JUST after 11am. He raised more than £2,000.

If picturing David’s struggle wasn’t enough to put the sweat glands into overdrive then what followed is sure to have you reaching for a bottle of water - instead of sticking to the traditional burpee, David added in 2013 press-ups for good measure and ran a 5K race after completing the challenge.

A burpee is usually completed in four stages: standing, drop to squat with hands on the ground, extend feet and legs backwards and return to squat position before jumping into the air and returning to the standing position.

“I still can’t believe I completed the challenge but the pain of it was worthwhile because I managed to raise money for Foyle Search and Rescue and raise funds to buy a new rowing machine for the Bogside and Brandywell Health Forum (BBHF).”

David has friends who have been affected by the horrible reality of losing a loved one to the River Foyle hence his reason for donating half the money to Foyle Search and Rescue.

The remarkable feat of 2013 burpees was made possible by the help and support from family and friends, said David.

“It was an amazing day. I owe a lot to so many people for helping me.

“My fiancée, Carla McClintock was there and so was my brother Gerard. I had people from Born to Run and Bolt running clubs there too.

“Myself and Carla are getting married in Kenya in October but if I keep this carry on up I’ll be divorced before I am married,” he joked.