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Back room staff support Mental Health UK

7th September 2017

Several members of Cardiff Blues backroom staff took part in a monumental 12-hour strongman circuit, which saw them cover 32,580 metres in aid of Mental Health UK.

The lung-busting challenge was the brainchild of academy analyst Steffan Bennett, who lost his father to a battle with depression 10-years ago.

To mark the anniversary, Steffan wanted to raise both funds and awareness for Mental Health UK, with one in four adults in the UK experiencing a mental health problem each year.

Steffan was joined by strength and conditioning coaches Robin Sowden-Taylor, Ryan Whitley and Dan Akenhead for the entirety, while several other members of the Blues back-room staff pitched in for shorter periods.

Steffan said: “This year marks 10 years since I lost my dad, Alan Bennett, to a battle with depression when I was 11 years of age.

“I have wanted to do something to raise money for a long time and it was very important for me to do something to honour my Dad’s memory.

“Mental health is a very real problem in society and one in four adults experience some sort of mental health problem each year.

“Fortunately such problems are far more recognised and supported these days but there is still a really long way to go.

“All money we raise will go to Mental Health UK, to help both individuals that are suffering with such problems and families, who are going through what my family experienced.” 

The circuit set up at the Cardiff Blues training centre at the Vale resort comprised of three 20metre stations, made up of a prowler push, farmers walk and sled pull.

Participants began the circuit at 6am and completed the challenge 12 hours later with 32,580 metres of the circuit competed collectively

For more information about Steffan’s story and to support the cause then click here.