Why would a PR team think tackling Total Warrior is a good idea?

by Chris Fairbairn

Thursday, July 23rd, 2015

What drives a team of desk jockeys to take on the toughest test around?


We recently gave you an inspiring montage video showing the stellar progress of our intrepid gang of PR warriors.

So we thought it about time to get into the heads of each individual taking part by asking: why on earth would you willingly choose to take on a 12km swampy, scary assault to the body?

So give the following mini-interviews a good read and ponder – Who out of the team is going to be the straggler? Who will lead the team over the toughest obstacles?

Learn a bit more about our hardy Edinburgh based PR warriors taking on the Total Warrior challenge in North Berwick in September.


Raymond ‘Sting Ray’ Notarangelo


Raymond Notarangelo Portraits (11)I’ll be the first to admit that I got a bit of a shock on the first day of training. Five minutes in and I was no longer the embodiment of cool all the team are so familiar with. I was blowing.

But a bit of persistence and a desperate desire to try to keep pace (and face) with the young ‘uns at the gruelling weekly sessions has helped me to transform my fitness levels and I am beginning to feel confident.

I really can’t wait to get into it – the fact we are helping disadvantaged kids at SSC have the summer of their lives gives us a real positivity and further reason to train and campaign.

Chris ‘Crusader’ Fairbairn

Chris Fairbairn (1)Being a bit of a gym geek – much to the boredom of those who’ve had to live with me – I was sceptical as to how effective this new type of training would be. But I have to eat my words as every session with Darren is different, leaving me at times a shaking mess but preparing me for September.

Why do it? I want to get out of my comfort zone, raise money for a great cause and have a bit of fun in the process.

Xantha ‘The Panther’ Leatham

JOURNOS_DN-9Growing up in Hong Kong I was passionate about Horse riding, hockey and netball, but living in Scotland put me right off outdoor activities…far too cold! So this has shaken that up again and got me enjoying some of the capital’s best outdoor spaces whilst getting fitter every passing week.

We’ve certainly stepped up the training now it’s time to step up the sponsorship drive for the SSC and make sure we raise a total that we are all proud of.

Craig ‘Sensation’ Sinclair

Craig 4I’ve had a bit of a stop-start training experience so far, having to juggle filming duties with exercising and factoring a holiday in too – but am now placed to give it a real big push up until the event.

There are times it has been tough but there is one thing that has kept me going and that is the thought of a kid who’s not had much luck in life getting the opportunity to head up to the Struan SSC camp to make lifelong friends and enjoy new activities and experiences.

I’m even planning on heading up to see the camp soon to see what all goes on – keep posted for some updates and to see what your donation could do for youngsters in Scotland.

Scott ‘The Screamer’ Douglas

Scott Douglas Portraits (3)As part of the ‘senior twosome’ along with Raymond it is fair to say we feel the after effects of training a wee bit more that these keen young guns.

Anyone with a bit of sanity would surely question what they hell we’re doing and for sure we all have our own individual reasons.

I personally think it is great to get out there as a team and the added benefit is we’re all getting fitter whilst kids will be given invaluable opportunities to make social bonds and become part of the SSC family as a result.

All the gurning and groaning we do on that 12km course will not be in vain!

Katie ‘Danger’ Dennis

2c4c255When a few members of the Total Warrior PR team dropped out I was delighted to be offered a place in the team to help raise money for the SSC.

I’ve always been fitness and tennis mad but Darren’s sessions have encouraged me to push to the next level – the training is always great fun and seriously challenging!

The group have made me feel really welcome and I can’t wait for the big day to come to see if all our hard work pays off.

And a word from the PT…Darren Danagher

darrenLooking back at the first session there was a real mix of fitness levels, but there is one thing that they have all shown – Stubbornness not to give in.

This grit and determination to keep going has yielded big improvements in cardio and muscular endurance and the team is beginning to look very prepared with less that 8 weeks till the big day.

They will need to work hard as a team on the day and I know they have it in them to post a good time and so themselves very proud.

SSC – Three letters that mean so much to so many Scottish kids

We want more kids, who wouldn’t normally be able to, to enjoy this truly special summer camp. That’s why we have selected this 103 year old youth organisation as our charity of choice for 2015. Money raised will go towards assisted places for kids from disadvantaged backgrounds.

The camp will have kids from all different backgrounds interacting (without electricity or WiFi) while all living under canvas in the great outdoors. They could make lifelong friends; even meet the best man or bridesmaid for their future wedding all in a safe and positive environment.

Please help us by donating. The team have literally put blood sweat and tears into this – and the event hasn’t even started yet.

We’d love for you to contribute – however small – and help us help the kids.

Want to help our Edinburgh PR team raise money for an incredible cause?

Visit our MyDonate page, and pledge a small amount (or large if you so wish) towards assisted places for disadvantaged kids to attend the SSC summer camp at Struan.

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