Bishop's Stortford Rugby Club players take on gym challenge for Movember
Players at Bishop's Stortford Rugby Club have been helping change the face of men's health by taking part in the Movember campaign.
As one of the teams in the NCA Rugby Movember Movement, the lads grew moustaches to raise money and get men talking about their health. Together they have generated more than £2,000 for the global charity initiative, which takes place every November.
In addition to sporting fancy facial hair, four of the first XV squad took part in a brutal physical challenge to tackle the issue of male suicide. Back rowers Dan Elsom and Baxter Wilson along with wingers Rob Duff and Chris Smith completed 4,380 barbell reps and 60lb dumb bell bench presses over two hours at Stortford's Koru Gym.
The 4,380 figure represents the number of men who take their own life over the course of a year in Britain, while the 60lb represents the 60 men lost to suicide around the world every hour. The challenge was held over two hours as one man in the UK will take his life in that time.
Dan said the idea behind supporting Movember was to encourage men to talk openly when things get tough, and become a man of more words.
"The four of us guys are all really close mates at Stortford and it's great we can raise a bit of awareness and money for other guys out there who might be struggling with their mental health," he said. "Hopefully we can help reduce the number of men dying too young."
You can still support the team by donating via their fundraising page at moteam.co/bsrfc.