We are incredibly lucky to have been supported by so many who want to make Archie’s legacy a success. Here are a few of our fundraising stories so far:
Will and Tristan in training for the London Marathon
"Training is going well, especially now that the weather has improved a little and the evenings are getting longer. I'm now up to 18 miles in a time of 2hrs 26mins and looking to step up to 20 miles this weekend before pushing on with one or two more long runs and then reducing the load before April the 23rd. Tristan has also spent many hours exploring his new University city of Manchester and navigating various traffic systems, and we are due to catch up on the 2nd of April and the 15th of April in order to test ourselves further. Given where I'm currently living (near Kensal Rise) many of the miles have been spent plodding up and down the Harrow Road to and from Hyde Park, and this often brings back fond memories of the Long Ducker 20 miler at School and running with the Lloyd boys. It is a real source of inspiration and motivation to think of the many memorable moments sport has provided us with, and how we have the opportunity to provide such moments to other young people in Arch's memory"
Pabs Returns from The Arctic!
We are delighted to report that Paul Bowker returned from the Arctic Circle after five exceptionally cold and extremely tough days, clutching a rather large medal confirming that he has completed the 2017 Ice Ultra. The final distance for the race was about 220kms.
He was delighted to finish (only 16 out of the 28 starters completed the full course) and to end up in 10th position overall was incredible.
“It was an amazing event – this region of the Arctic Circle in Northern Sweden, known as Europe’s last wilderness, was at the same time breathtakingly beautiful but also brutal, intimidating and at times threatening. The temperature was recorded as low as -27c, which combined with very strong cross-winds made the climate much harder to cope with than the heat of the desert. The most important thing was to keep moving at all times since the body simply seized up with cold as soon as you stopped. Removing gloves to make any kit adjustments was out of the question as you quickly lost the use of the hands!
Hector's ‘3 marathons in 3 days’ Jurassic Challenge
Hector will be taking on the peaks and beaches of Dorset’s beautiful but inhospitable coastline at the end of March. On the third day some of Hector’s fellow army officers will be joining him to show their support for this mammoth effort and to run the last marathon alongside him. Some of you may have seen the picture that he posted on Facebook, but for those who didn’t, here it is complete with an ARCH in the background which was totally but wonderfully unintentional. Well spotted Katie Harley!
The China Football Scholarship
We are absolutely thrilled to announce that we have made our first awards. After a day of interviewing the final six contenders at Wembley Stadium, we were overwhelmed and completely blown away by the maturity, dedication, talent and caring nature of all our candidates. After much deliberation we offered the summer long trip to Beijing to Keon Richardson from Tottenham. Further information about Keon and his trip will be available in due course.
However, Keon was not the only success of the day. We have agreed to support the other five by putting them through their UEFA B coaching courses. We all felt that the standard was so high and that everyone, having journeyed to London from the furthest reaches of the NORTH and putting on incredible presentations and pulling it off under the watchful eyes of James and Claire Lloyd, Helen Vost and Jamie Piggins of Youth Sport Trust and Lee Warren, Football Development BUCS and the FA, fully deserved to be awarded this opportunity.
I cannot put into words how dedicated these young people are and how much football and its development means to them. There are of course many reasons why they have moved towards concentrating on coaching but the fact that they give so much time freely is a credit to them and reassures us that there is so much good out there just waiting to be nurtured.
Gus Knott Muhammad Ali of Edinburgh
We are so proud to announce that Gus Knott, of Edinburgh University was victorious in his bout and having taken up boxing this year managed to fight his way to a resounding victory. We are so pleased that Gus wanted to support teamArchie and that all his training paid off. This was a five month marathon to get fit and learn a new skill and Gus did Archie proud. “I won!! A truly great feeling and I’m so happy! But more importantly it was a complete pleasure going into the ring with your boy by my side. I can’t tell you how much of a help that was. I’m sure you all know but when times get hard it’s so reassuring to know he’s right there walking beside you.”
Thank you to his amazing support group and to Hugo Lloyd for cobbling together a banner – of sorts! Three cheers for Gus!!
On 3rd December we well and truly launched teamArchie. We are delighted to announce that £250,000 was raised by an incredibly generous group of revellers at Supernova, Embankment Gardens. A huge thank you to all who helped make it a resounding success. The atmosphere was incredible and a fitting tribute to Archie. Party-goers ranged from 16 to 70 year olds and the formula seemed to work. The young kept up the tempo and the old kept on supporting. It was wonderfully vibrant and will the first of many Archie Balls to come!
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Archie’s Ball will feature in the June edition of Tatler but in the meantime you can buy copies of Hugo’s Amazing photos here. Remember Hugo is By Royal Appointment and so if you see a picture of yourself, invest now. It will be priceless in years to come! All proceeds go straight to teamArchie generously donated by Hugo. Airbrushing extra!!!
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Ollie Summits the Matterhorn
On August 23rd 2016 Ollie climbed to an altitude of 4.478m to conquer The Matterhorn. Starting in the dark with just head torches to see and using crampons on the ice covered summit he and his guide made their final ascent. Roped together at all times and using fixed ropes on the verticals, they completed the final climb in 3 1Ž2 hours. Ollie spent time at the top with Archie who had inspired him to undertake this challenge. The boys had undertaken many physical challenges and activities together and this seemed to Ollie to be a fitting tribute to Archie. Thank you Ollie Sangster.
Marcus and Henry Cycle from Bosham to Barcelona
Having been at school with Archie, the boys were affected by the tragedy and immediately set about planning to undertake a challenge on bikes cycling from Marcus’ home in Sussex to Barcelona. They had never done anything like this before and relished the biking challenge of riding over the Pyrenees. The huge amount of money raised was incredible. Thank you Marcus Faure and Henry Quinson.
Tara’s Leap over Oxfordshire
Tara was inspired to do something utterly beyond the bounds of sensibility and knowing that Archie was a daredevil, she decided to jump out of an airplane at 13,000 feet. bAs you do! Tara leapt with her mum Lou not far behind her and definitely not as enthusiastic. Freefalling for 8,000 feet they accelerated to speeds of 120mph. Tara Wilson thank you.
Hugo Pounds the Streets of Edinburgh and Paris
“I need to do something and I want to run a marathon” he said. So Hugo threw himself into training in Edinburgh. Freezing conditions and so much wind on the Firth of Forth meant that getting marathon fit in the dark and keeping up with his Engineering degree made for a tricky winter. However, in the spring it was all worthwhile when in the sunshine in Paris Hugo completed the marathon for his brother. We were all there to support him and managed to catch glimpses of him on the Champs Elysees, the Place de la Concorde and under the Eiffel Tower. Hugo completed his first marathon in 3 hours 35 minutes and raised over £25,000. We are so proud of you Hugo Lloyd!
MAMIL James takes on the Dolomites
Inspired by Sir Bradley (17 years his junior) and Team GB, and given his love of The Engadine and The Dolomites, James Sunley could think of nothing better than a gentle autumn bicycle ride crossing the Swiss Alps from Geneva to Venice. When he entered this infamous event in March, the idea of 910 kms in a week seemed ambitious, but not impossible. Unfortunately the detail lost was the 21, 600m of climbing on a course featuring 21 cols and assents. This is the World’s Highest and Toughest Cyclosportive. James wrote in his appeal “I am taking inspiration from an outstanding young man who tragically died whilst travelling with friends after his A levels in the summer of 2015. If anyone could help push me to the top of a mountain it would be Archie Lloyd (old boy of Cheam and Harrow)’. James raised an incredible amount and undertook a life altering challenge for Archie. Thank you so much James Sunley
Ollie Traverses Siberia in his Sensibly Priced Car
The Mongol Rally is a 10,000 mile mountain and desert adventure. The drivers cross the steppe of Europe and Asia in their farcically small vehicles all in aid of charity. Ollie and Archie had holidayed in Scotland where the order of the day was marching up hills, fishing and generally having fun. This was an appropriately bonkers way to remember Archie. Well done Ollie Atlkins.