A team of Bath residents took on the brutal endurance challenge to break a World Record – and raise money for a good cause.

The 10-strong Big Bear Ski Club set a new 24-hour Ski-Erg World Record on Sunday, 6th December 2020.

Their total distance came to a massive 436,928 metres, beating the current holders distance of 392,598 metres.

Even more incredible was the fact that all challenge participants were normal gym goers, with not a single elite athlete in sight. Their strength and determination, even in the small hours of Sunday morning, was truly remarkable.


Supporters sponsored the team in their droves, with all donations made going directly to support the work of Bath Rugby Foundation.

The challenge was arranged by Dave Bowler from Get Fit in Bath. He said: “The challenge was a huge one, as mentally tough as it was physically painful!”

Whilst the challenge lasted 24-hours, the key to success may have been in the little things. Dave said: “If every changeover between team members lost two seconds, that would have added up to a huge amount of time – it would even have be as much time as an hour.”

We see the Foundation’s team helping to change the lives of young people who’ve been given a tough start to life, through no fault of their own.

“Whilst we felt incredibly uncomfortable for a few hours, it was vital for us to raise important funds for this work, it was all very well worth it.”

The team’s ages ranged from 18 to 51 years old. For the past four months, they all trained fully with weights and the Concept2 Ski-Erg machine, sometimes up to five times a week, to be able to cope with the physical and mental exhaustion that this challenge presented them.

The challenge took place from 9am on December 5th, at Get Fit in Bath and ran through until 9am Sunday December 6th.

The teams worked in shift patterns which saw each team of five completing a half-hour shift, before handing over to the second team to continue the pacing that was needed to beat this record.

The team absolutely loved all of the extra support received on the day through social media messages, phone calls and video calls, it helped to keep them motivated (especially in the early hours of December 6th!) and all donations, no matter how big or small they were, were gratefully received. All money raised will go towards changing the lives of underprivileged youngsters in Bath, it also helped to spur this team on to smash the World Record. 

See how the challenge unfolded on Instagram - @getfitinbath

Donations can still be made here, should you wish to sponsor the team

The team:

  • Ceri Millward – aged 18
  • Josie Greenston - 19
  • James Paddock - 25
  • David Bowler - 31
  • Liam Moloney - 32
  • Laura Androsoni - 35
  • Alex Stocks - 25
  • Edward McKenzie - 40
  • Richard Griffith - 49
  • Ian Millward - 51