In last month’s Hemel News, we reported on 24-year-old Jed Thirkettle, a Hemel resident who was told he would be unlikely to live past his 20th birthday after being diagnosed with Ullrich congenital muscular dystrophy when he was just eight years old.
As our November edition went to print, Jed completed an incredible 24-hour workout to celebrate his birthday. We caught up with Jed to see how the workout went.
Jed said: “We spent five months planning. It’s a very strange feeling to finally do it! It’s a relief but more so it’s a high. It’s such a massive achievement.”
The workout began on November 4 at Buzz Gym on Cannon Street, where Jed spent 24 hours working in three-hour blocks, consisting of cardio, weightlifting and rest. Jed admitted that the 3am mark was the toughest part, but the crowd of more than 150 supporters helped keep him motivated.
He said: “It was tough getting through this point, especially as everyone was starting to flag. Jokes were being made but no one laughing. And what was worse was that I could see people coming out of raves and walking past the window!”
His endeavour was supported by ex-Arsenal star Jack Wilshire, and Muscular Dystrophy UK president Gabby Logan MBE even went live with Jed and the team on Saturday morning. Several stars even joined in on the workouts, including Love Island star Amber Wise and online coach Charlie Fredrick.
Jed said: “The social side on Saturday was incredible. There were so many people in the Team Jed colours, a whole sea of orange taking over the whole gym!
“You can often end up in the same routine, but it’s amazing to push yourself and see what you’re really capable of. One thing that kept me going is that I can and am still in a position to still be working out.
“Massive thanks to my parents and my best friend, and a big thank you to the founder of the Foundry. And thank you to everyone who supported and donated.”
To read more about Jed’s journey and to donate, please visit justgiving.com/page/jedthirkettle