Take on the Turf Warrior Challenge!

September 17th 2018

Take on the Turf Warrior Challenge!

Jigsaw chats with Lee Bradley, who took part in Turf Warrior in 2016 on behalf of Jigsaw.

What inspired you to get involved with Jigsaw?

I came across Jigsaw during my time studying in Kerry. I thought it was a great organisation helping young people with mental health issues. Young people can often be overlooked and their problems can often be viewed as part of growing up.  Through Jigsaw it provides young people with support and enables them to talk to someone about their issues. I feel that this is extremely important service especially now a days as there is so much pressure on young people from social media to sexual orientation. Young people can often be reluctant to talk to someone about mental health issues through Jigsaw it provides support in a comfortable relaxed environment.

Given the unique and mucky challenge it is, how do you train and prepare for an event like Turf Warrior?

Training for tough turf is easier than you think, as a lot of people think they must get out and train in the muck and rain. However, you can fully prepare yourself in a gym through full body workout, fitness classes and bodyweight exercises. I feel the best preparation for turf warrior is through the gym and a few outdoor exercises. I prepared by doing bodyweight exercises such as push ups, pull ups, squat jumps etc… I also did weight sessions to improve my strength and power. I did several outdoor sessions which included running, sprints, hill sprints, army crawls (not through muck) etc… Throughout my training I tried to mimic the movements that I would be doing at the event (for example monkey bars) and did whole body workouts, as you will be using every muscle in your body during the event.

What was the feeling like when you crossed the finish line at Turf Warrior?

Crossing the finish at Turf Warrior I had a great sense of achievement and was glad I had completed the event. I felt that I had did something good my community through such a fun event. I also got to meet a lot of new people and friends. Most importantly I helped raise about Jigsaw and mental health. If through doing this event I only helped one young person then it was a worthwhile experience.  

What change would you like to see to youth mental health in Ireland? 

Mental health in Ireland is still often a taboo subject. I would to see people speak more openly about mental health issues. Especially in rural communities as young people feel that they have no one to talk to about the matter. People need to support young people who have mental health issues and encourage them get help and it is not a sign of weakness. I think it’s very important for young people to get support as if they don’t the issue can often get worse. I am a firm believer in prevention rather than cure.

What other interests do you have?

I have an interest in all aspects of sport, health and fitness, especially boxing. I believe that taking part in sport has many benefits for people’s mental health. I like to take part in sporting events that challenge me such as tough mudder, turf warrior and triathlons. 

If you're interested in taking part in the November 3rd Turf Warrior, email Justin who can give you our special discount code for participants. We'll also pop a fundraising pack out to you in the post!