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Newark sports film-maker Jason Croxall to document blood, sweat, tears and rain in 1000-mile charity ride

A Newark sports filmmaker is using his expertise to capture every mile of his 1,000-mile solo charity ride, documenting his physical and mental health highs and lows over ten days.

Jason Croxall, 32, has filmed sporting events worldwide, including Formula One and Moto GP. A keen cyclist, he has decided to document his own event, riding single-handed over 1,000 miles unaided for the Mind charity from Land’s End to John O’ Groats. He starts tomorrow (Saturday, May 15).

Having suffered mental health challenges himself over the pandemic, Jason has been very aware of the increased numbers of people facing poor mental wellbeing. He felt that by challenging himself and documenting his journey, he could inspire others to push themselves a little further and not be scared of doing so.

Film-maker Jason Croxall. (47161782)
Film-maker Jason Croxall. (47161782)

Having the technology and expertise at his hands, Jason will capture his journey with the aid of on-bike cameras and a geo-locating drone camera that will be operated from his handlebars. The drone will continue to circle Jason as he cycles, shooting as he goes giving amazing views of a pretty amazing journey.

Not content with the challenge of riding the traditional charity route, Jason wanted to explore his own wellbeing by camping out each night to push himself to the limit. This will allow Jason to reflect and capture each of the ten days of riding roughly 100 miles a day.

Jason's bike. (47161772)
Jason's bike. (47161772)

Jason said: "I got into fitness and running and cycling in the first place as an escape. It made me feel better. It nursed my mental health and quite frankly is the best thing I have ever done for myself.

“So many of my friends and family including myself have been affected with mental health struggles and it's really something that needs supporting and talking about more. I still feel strongly that if I can use my experience and this trip to show people what we can achieve and how you can manage certain situations, then I hope this trip will have made a difference.”

Jason aims to edit the footage into a sports documentary following his completion of the ride; and recovery. Once completed, he will work with a range of partners to get the content and messages our further.

A drone will capture footage. (47161778)
A drone will capture footage. (47161778)

Jason concluded: “While the ride will be incredible and really test me, I want to share it with many more people who are teetering on the edge of doing something incredible but need that final nudge. If this film can help that, it might just help me sleep better in the rain, wind and probably snow.”

If members of the public would like to donate to Jason's fund in aid of the mental health charity Mind, they can visit https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/jason-croxall

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