Introducing the Everyday Battlers programme

May 08 2019

Group image of Chris Mears, Greg Whyte and the everyday battlers

If you can overcome one obstacle, what else are you capable of achieving?

Chris Mears went on to become an Olympic champion, despite overcoming a life-threatening illness. Chris’ personal experience is one of the reasons why he’s now so passionate about inspiring and helping others to overcome their own obstacles and chase their dreams.

That is why he wanted to be involved in the Everyday Battlers programme, helping train a group of 9 people who have been working with Bridgestone to complete a 10k race, a distance none of the group had ever run before.

Chris Mears and his battlers

By teaching them how to think with an Olympic Games mindset, Chris supported the group throughout their training, and was there to cheer them on all the way to the finish line.

The 9 Everyday Battlers began their journey on May 2019, just a stone’s throw away from where many dreams were realised at the Olympic Stadium in London. Here, they met and trained with Chris Mears and also received mental and performance coaching from former Olympian and sports scientist, Professor Greg Whyte OBE.

Chris Mears and his battlers

In the three months leading up to the race, each of the battlers took part in a full physical exam, effort testing, specialist running training and they were provided with a personalised plan to put them on the right track towards achieving their goal.

Chris Mears and his battlers

They received regular check-ins from Chris, Greg and the coaching team to ensure they had all the tools and support needed to stay on track and complete the 10k run. Throughout training, the battlers also supported and cheered each other on through their many highs and lows on the run up to the big day.

The 10k route took the Battlers around the famous London Stadium, past the Aquatics Centre, through the Olympic park, and onto the home straight alongside the Orbit where Chris, Greg, and the Battlers’ friends and family were waiting to cheer them across the finish line.

Alastair and Wassim of the Everyday Battlers running the final 10km race

All 9 of our Everyday Battlers completed the 10k race. By overcoming their obstacle and crossing the finish line at the Olympic Park - something they never thought they would achieve - they have proven to themselves that they are capable of achieving much more. For them, this is only the beginning:

I am so grateful for what this has given me. I am up for any challenges that come up. I have downloaded a half marathon training schedule and aim to complete that just before or just after my 40th Birthday.
Alastair , Everyday Battler

The Everyday Battlers celebrating after completing the final 10km race

The Everyday Battlers set precedence for others, proving that with the right mindset, anyone can Chase Their Dream, No Matter What their obstacle.

You can find out more about the Battlers and their journey to the 10k on Bridgestone UK’s social channels. Discover Chris’ story here.