If anyone remembers doing burpees when they were at school they will recall how arduous, painful and altogether horrid they were.
Even imagining doing a burpee is enough to get the sweat glands working over time but for Derry man, David Doherty, he set himself the target of completing 2013.
“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).”
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.
If that wasn’t enough to challenge David, he decided to throw in a press up for good measure.
David is a 33 year-old health and fitness instructor working for the BBHF, completed the challenge on May 12. He started at 7am and finished shortly after 11am.
“The last 500 burpees were just awful. The pain was unreal and it wasn’t until I had two to go that I knew I was going to do it. As soon as I finished I went and ran a 5K race just for the craic,” he smiled.
“I’ve a few friends who have had to endure the pain of losing someone to the River Foyle so I am delighted to be able to give Foyle Search and Rescue half of the money .
“I’d also like to thank everyone who supported me on the day - they helped me through the pain barrier.”
Read more about David’s amazing 2013 burpee challenge in this weekend’s Sunday Journal.