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Animal Aid Christmas Fayre 2010

Intro

The VBB gang

Due to the bad weather (it has been a very snowy few days here in the UK) we were missing some regulars to the stall, but luckily we had the lovely Liz & the Maz family to help keep things running!

Getting to the fayre was hit & miss up until we actually got the train as no one knew for certain if we could make it across the country to London, but luckily things went very smoothly & we arrived without a hitch :-)

Unfortunately I missed seeing Brian May (Queen's Guitarist, who was giving a talk at the fayre) & in fact most other people as the stall seemed especially busy this year.  There were a couple of new vegan bodybuilders who had started competing this year & hopefully we'll be getting some of those up on the site quite soon (that's a hint to ALL you vegan strength athletes out there to get in contact!).  Luckily there were some of the regulars that I managed to chat with & catch up with during the day, so that was good.

I think that although the numbers seemed similar to other years at the fayre there were quite a few new faces & many younger people which was nice to see.  Maybe the higher profile that being vegan has achieved this year or so is finally getting the attention of the younger generation?

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The push-up contest

After a busy day it was time for the main event the push-up contest & this year we had quite a few entries, so we knew Maz had to speed things along as the MC of the event!  For the first time at the London we had included under 16's (with parental consent) into the proceedings & with no Coach Gary to judge how was event going to play out?

The Sponsors

Before the results here's a quick bit about our sponsors.  As without them we wouldn't be able to give prizes to all our contestants (& everyone did get something just for entering!).

Firstly we have to give a big thank you to Fitness Superstore for supplying two sets of pilates rings & two sets of push-up handles as first prize in the contest, so if you're after a late exercise related or sports gift & live in the UK or Europe, then check them out as by supporting them you can help support us!

Other sponsors for the event include:

Animal Aid (Animal Charity fighting for the rights of animals-join them!)
Plamil (totally vegan Chocolate makers)
Sea Shepherd (sailing the seas saving the whales by stopping the whalers in their tracks)
Viva! (Animal Charity working towards a veggie world)
ALF SG (helping prisoners arrested for saving animals from torture in labs)
Honesty (Vegan Cosmetics makers)
Ethically Essential (buy the 'Essential' brands goods & other ethical products)
Vegan Store (one stop shop for everything vegan for those in the UK & Europe)
Hunt Saboteurs (Saving animals from the hunts who illegally are still out there killing our wildlife for fun - join them!)
Lush (Cosmetics maker)

(If I missed anyone out just contact me & I'll add you to the list)

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The Women's contest

This year the females (all but one) did the reps on their knees.  As I have mentioned before our aim is to try & encourage the females in the contest to work towards full push-ups, but until we can find enough entrants we will have to stick with the three quarter version.


Kika (a gymnast) got us off to an incredible start with 45 reps


Jade got a good 26 reps


Storm thundered her way to 41


Stacy fought her way to 51


Emily hit an awesome 30 reps


Emma got an inspiring 51 reps

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Thorviolent knocked out 20 reps in a flash



Trudy had some knee issues so had to withdraw but is expected back
next year in fighting fit form!


Faye got 8 well earned reps



Alyson also managed to earn those 8 reps


& also wowwed the crowd with her vegan tattoos (it was the Vegan
sign & the Infinity symbol below it - meaning "Vegan Forever"!)


A late entrant B was the only female competitor to do full push-ups
& managed 20 full reps - nice going :-) !

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Mens Contest

This year we had a lot of new faces & return of the old favourites.  The question on everybody's lips was would Dave Arnold defend his title of push-up supremo for another year...or would some new upstart appear to steal the crown, only time would tell?


Matt was first up & started well with an amazing 54 reps.  As a side
note Matt had just ran a 5 mile race that morning, set a personal best
time & hurt his toe (so had to do the contest on one foot!).  If he'd
been in top shape this would have been a guy to beat!


Russell fought his way to 15 reps


Jake got a magnificent 32 reps


Ralph got an outstanding 36 reps


Rudy battled to 37 reps

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Mike got a credible 8 reps

 
David was on his way with 14 reps


Ashley got 36 reps representing all the vegan rock climbers out there!



Lukasz worked hard to get 32 reps

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Adam did well getting 25 reps

Finally it was the champs turn to give it a go....but when his name was called Dave Arnold was no where to be found!  Would he forfeit the contest?  Tension ran high as several of his friends scampered about looking for the champ before he lost the title by default!

Just as time ran out Dave was found & so it was time...game on!

 
Dave went straight to work & knocked out 84 reps

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The winners


In joint 1st place were Stacy & Emma both getting 51 reps
& enjoying their Fitness Superstore prizes

Dave with 84 reps & Matt with 54 reps with their Fitness Superstore
prizes

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Controversy once again!

As can sometimes be the case in these events there was a little controversy with this years result.  Maz (seen in the centre in the photo above) did a magnificent job of MCing & judging the event, but his strictness with Dave's reps compared to the other competitors was mentioned by several people after the event.  I still believe Dave would have won the event judging by the the margin between him & the second place finisher...but I did notice from the audience he was allowed more leeway than some other entrants (in my personal view).  In future years we will be making a point of judging reining champions as strict (if not stricter!) than the other competitors.  Hopefully next year we'll have no complaint (see it's not only Coach Gary who causes controversy at these events!).

After the contest

Maz's young 'un Sol who had been a little too nervous to go onstage got a chance to do some reps outside the hall after the contest & got 57 reps (kind of :-)

& Tim (or Knut) who kindly offered to be an extra counter for the contest got a chance to have a go after the event. Maybe next year we can see him in the contest itself!


Tim (Knut) 192 reps later...OK I've forgotten how many he got :-)

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Finally

That was about it for our day.  After the show we shared out the other prizes amongst the contestants, with the under 16s getting the first choice & then everyone else helping themselves to the goodies.  Thanks again to everyone who took part, Maz for MCing & judging, Tim (Knut) for checking the rep counts & all the sponsors for the prizes so everyone felt like Christmas as they all got a prize.

I'll put the sponsors down below.  If they are a company, go & buy their stuff & if they are a charity go & join them as they all support both health & ethical dietary choices!

Fitness Superstore (for all your exercise or sports equipment needs)
Animal Aid (Animal Charity fighting for the rights of animals-join them!)
Plamil (totally vegan Chocolate makers)
Sea Shepherd (sailing the seas saving the whales by stopping the whalers in their tracks)
Viva! (Animal Charity working towards a veggie world)
ALF SG (helping prisoners arrested for saving animals from torture in labs)
Honesty (Vegan Cosmetics makers)
Ethically Essential (buy the 'Essential' brands goods & other ethical products)
Vegan Store (one stop shop for everything vegan for those in the UK & Europe)
Hunt Saboteurs (Saving animals from the hunts who illegally are still out there killing our wildlife for fun - join them!)
Lush (Cosmetics maker)


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