What a great week it’s been! Along with making serious headway on the upcoming Muay Thai documentary, I’ve also signed up to document a trans-UK charity bike ride.
As a competitive cyclist, I often travel the UK at weekends. It’s for that reason that two weeks ago I found myself in a car on the way to Newcastle. Sharing the journey was fellow cyclist, mentor, and friend Jason Burke. Jason is inspiration personified and – although he’ll never admit it – he’s a fantastic cyclist.
Five years ago, Jason was diagnosed with cancer. Since then he’s not only beat the disease but fought back to full fitness, finishing runner up in British Veterans Championship this year. It’s for that reason that I wanted to capture his story – agreeing there and then in the car that I’d document his effort.
This won’t be any coast to coast effort. Instead, it’ll be a completely ‘unsighted’ effort – on a tandem. Neither have rode a tandem before, nor will they train together. So it is literally a case of turn up on the West coast, unpack a bike and crack on! Joining him on his 150 mile journey, is fellow cyclist (and Geordie) Gavin Parr.
Every now and again fascinating projects land on my lap – and it’s the socially responsible or charitable ones that often stand out from the rest. If you’d like to get involved – I will be looking for support motorcycle for the filming. You can also follow Jason and Gavin’s progress in the lead up to the challenge on their Facebook page and support the effort through Virgin Money.
The week concluded with another early morning filming session at Sheffield’s Wicker Camp. This time, a sparring session with English Muay Thai Champion – James Ogden. With over 80% of filming now complete, I’m anticipating an early-January launch for the documentary.
We’d planned to capture close-ups of warm-ups, bag work and sparring. We hadn’t planned to film James opening his training partner’s nose but, despite the blood, training continued and we wrapped around 9.00am!
Some of the footage captured is featured below! Stay tuned for more updates – they’ll be coming thick and fast over the coming weeks and months.
That’s it for this week. Next week brings some more great projects with Hydra Creative, so be sure to keep an eye on our blog there for new projects also!