Gav Cogdon, 24-hour burpee world record

Wellbeing expert to complete 24 hour world record

Gavin Cogdon, Great Annual Savings Health and Wellbeing Manager, is attempting a 24-hour burpee world record. 

The gruelling challenge will raise money to fund health and wellbeing programmes in County Durham and Sunderland’s most disadvantaged communities.

Pushing himself both mentally and physically, Gavin, has been training to complete a full 24 hours of chest to ground burpees, starting midday on Thursday, 3rd February. He is aiming to hit 9,200 burpees beating the current world record held by Ben Rowlinson who completed 9,119.

Gavin said: “From a young age, I’ve always wanted to push my limits and attempt a World Record challenge. I’m excited to be using the opportunity to raise money for such a fantastic cause.”

The money raised will go directly to GF Community Foundation and will be used to fund the development of essential health and wellbeing programmes for communities around County Durham. In setting up these programmes, Gavin is hoping to educate individuals on how to make healthier food choices and provide guidance and support on individual wellbeing.

Gavin explained: “As recently identified by All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG), ‘left behind neighbourhoods’, 16 of which sit within County Durham, have the worst health outcomes in England. With lower life expectancy and a high prevalence of 15 of the most common health conditions including high blood pressure and cardiovascular diseases, I am focused on setting up specially tailored programmes to help those most at risk.”

Gavin Cogdon is well known in North-East non-league football, having enjoyed a successful career with Spennymoor Town and South Shields FC. He famously scored in Spennymoor Town’s FA Vase final win at Wembley in 2013.

He has since progressed in his career to become a leading figure in the North-East health and wellbeing industry, working with athletes from youth to professional level and operating on a consultancy basis with Spennymoor Town as their Strength and Conditioning Coach.

Gavin is now developing his own ‘GASFit’ employer-focused wellbeing programme together with Great Annual Savings, which he hopes to bring to market for other businesses in the future.

Caroline Brown, Fundraising and Event Manager for GF Community Foundation, said: “Gav has been committed to training over the last six months and we’re confident he’s going to give his all in his attempt to beat the World Record. His colleagues at GAS and further at GF Group, have gone above and beyond to show their support.”

Gavin Cogdon at Seaham Hall
Gavin Cogdon at Seaham Hall

As of this week, over £3000 has already been donated towards the JustGiving page with sponsorships from 10 North-East businesses including Seaham Hall, Motif8 and Aztec Print.

Gavin has been preparing for the challenge with a rigorous training programme focused on strength and recovery conditioning and has been tracking his progress through a dedicated Instagram account – @24hrburpee.

Gavin said: “In training for this challenge, I have learned how to push my body and mind to the limit using the gym facilities at Great Annual Savings HQ and CrossFit Sunderland. Seaham Hall has kindly allowed me to use their facilities including their ice bath and sauna to help my body properly recover and to keep my training consistent. I’d like to thank them and everyone who has supported me.”

To support Gavin, please visit his JustGiving page. 

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Paul JohnsonGroup Financial Director

Paul Johnson is very much a home-grown talent.

He joined Great Annual Savings Group in its infancy, fresh from a youth career as a professional footballer with Hartlepool United.  He quickly established a reputation within the business and aced all required accountancy qualifications in the space of four years to become the Group’s Management Accountant.

Several successful projects later, Paul was promoted to Head of Finance.  When the former FD left GAS, he took on the mantle of the business’ most senior finance professional; boasting a string of incredible achievements all under the age of 30.

Quote:

“I have witnessed phenomenal growth at the Group over the many years I’ve worked here and I’m looking forward to guiding the Group into an exciting new chapter.”

Interesting fact:

Paul made his professional debut for Hartlepool United against Bournemouth in the Football League.  Some say Danny Ings still resides in his pocket to this day.