Paddy Doyle continues march towards triple century

Paddy Doyle's 13 mile backpack speed-march challenge
Paddy Doyle’s 13 mile backpack speed-march challenge

“I still intend to push myself to continue for as long as I can” said a jubilant Paddy Doyle after successfully claiming another Guinness World Record on Saturday to put himself just two short of a triple century of career strength stamina and fitness records. Balsall Common’s irrepressible world endurance champion was speaking in Henley-In-Arden after completing a gruelling 13-mile speed-march encumbered by a 100lb back-pack, across muddy paths, stiles and overgrown fields.


The former Paratrooper’s official time of 4 hours 18 mins, knocked 39 minutes off the previous bench mark, in a record attempt which required Paddy to employ navigational skills as part of the challenge.


The record challenge also came with the additional mental challenge of a last-minute decision to bring the challenge start-time forward, a decision that was taken because of concerns over incoming weather patterns, a situation that was far from ideal, given Paddy’s concerns about entering the challenge carrying injuries from previous record challenges.


“Myself and my team of pacers along with officials decided to start at 7am, so we could avoid any bad weather, however I was carrying numerous injury’s going into this challenge which was affecting my focus.”


Paddy found help in the form of supporters and pacers who kept him going all the way to the finish:


“I did not want to tell the other team members” said Paddy, referring to the extent of his struggle with injuries, “as this wouldn’t have helped with morale. I needed them to think I was OK so they would encourage me to go for it as much as possible.”


This now brings his career of strength speed stamina records to 298, of which 196 still remain as current documented records.


“I am excited and looking forward to reaching my 300th fitness endurance record, it has been a long hard and mentally challenging road”.


One he intends to remain on a little while longer yet.




Balsall Common store owners working with community to save lives

Pictured [left to right]: Alice Hawkins (Fast Aid); Andy Jeynes (West MIds Ambulance); Kishore Sharma (BC Pharmacy); Dave Felthouse (Residents Assoc & Bugle Magazine); Helen Magee (BC Pharmacy); Jeff Way (Fast Aid)
Balsall Common Pharmacy delivered yet again on its’ promise to involve itself in local community, health and education by agreeing to house a life-saving defibrillator unit for use by local emergency first-responders.   And now that it’s in place the Balsall Common Residents Association is working with volunteer services to provide and promote training in the community on how to use the equipment.


There is approximately 150,000 deaths in the UK from cardiac arrest in the UK and survival can be heavily dictated by the speed at which initial treatment is delivered to victims, all of which makes Balsall Common a higher-risk area, sitting as it does, on the cusp of the areas covered by local emergency services. Jeffrey Way, an Area Co-ordinator for emergency first responder scheme Fast Aid picks up the explanation:


“Balsall Common is right on the edge of the areas covered by Solihull and Coventry Ambulance Stations and because of this it can take a long time for an Ambulance to arrive at an emergency. The problem is that figures suggest irreversible brain damage usually occurs within 4 minutes of an untreated attack, followed by death within 6-8 minutes.”


All of which makes the presence of volunteer first responders and life-saving equipment vital to the cause of reducing emergency response times.


The cabinet installed at Balsall Common Pharmacy contains a Cardiac Science G4 Automated External Defribilator (AED), a machine that is easy to use when applied in conjunction with life-saving CPR on a patient caught in the grip of cardiac arrest. The cabinet is registered with the local ambulance service and to deploy the equipment the volunteer responder need to request a lock code from Ambulance Control when registering their 999 emergency call, whom will then also guide them through the CPR process.


One of the greatest features of the Public Access Defibrilator is that it can be operated by untrained members of the public. The kit has been specifically designed to walk the user through what to do with someone suffering cardiac arrest, in conjunction with the Ambulance Dispatcher talking them through the process on the phone. However training is always invaluable and as part of the introduction of this life-saving apparatus to the village Fast Aid is providing free training in Basic Life Support (BLS) including CPR and the use of a defibrillator (AED). Training sessions are taking place at Balsall Common Village Hall on Wednesday 3rd July and Friday 12th July, at 7:30pm and all residents are invited to indicate an interest in attending by emailing or by calling Keith Tindall on 01676 534488. Advanced notice is not essential, it is possible to turn up unannounced, although organisers would prefer an idea of numbers beforehand.




Charity fundraising shopping beauty and health fayre in Meriden

The popular periodical Shop and Indulge fayre offering shopping plus beauty and health treatments returns to Meriden’s Manor Hotel on Friday 28th June. There will be lots to keep shopaholics busy, lots of stalls and beauty products, plus range of epxeriences and treatments such as psychic readings, Indian head massage, facials, massages, reflexology and reiki healing to name but a few. The shopping experience will include bags and jewellery and more.


There is still space at this event for would-be treatment and therapy providers. All enquiries should be directed in an email to or made by calling Linda on 07971907684


Event summary


Date: Friday 28th June 2013
Time: 6:30pm – 10:00pm
Venue: Manor Hotel, Meriden





  • Nail treatments (including file, polish and gel treatments)
  • Henna
  • Threading
  • Reflexology
  • Hair
  • mineral make up
  • glitter tattoos
  • Facials
  • Indian head massage
  • Reiki healing
  • Psychic readings
  • Body/sports massage


    Beauty Products


  • Avon
  • Body Shop
  • Neals yard
  • Temple spa


    Other Stalls


  • Vitamins
  • Perfume
  • Handbags
  • Jewellery
  • Cakes



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