Son taken on fitness challenge for mum’s fibromyalgia battle

PUBLISHED: 17:00 14 September 2016

Danny Lane with his mum, Gail.

Danny Lane with his mum, Gail.


A Clevedon man is taking part in a series of fitness challenges in support of his mum who suffers 
 from a painful muscular condition.

Danny Lane, aged 30, has been tackling a variety of crossfit events which include a mixture of power-lifting, gymnastics and jump training in an effort to replicate the pain his mum, Gail, experiences as a result of her 21-year battle with fibromyalgia.

Danny, who trains at the Crossfit Ozbox gym, will complete his final two challenges on September 24 and 25 when he will also run the Bristol Half Marathon.

He said: “I was only nine or 10 years old when my mum was diagnosed with fibromyalgia and I have very little memory of it affecting me or my two brothers when growing up.

“My mum just wasn’t able to do things anymore and on the occasions when she did, she would face the painful aftermath for days.

“The effect it had on my mum being diagnosed was huge. Everything in her life was affected; her social life, personal life and working life was and still is affected. My mum describes walking as the same feeling as wading through water.

“Doing multiple challenges close together with all the training in between is a way for me to try and experience the pain my mum goes through each day.”

Danny’s most recent crossfit challenge saw him and two friends complete more than 7,600 burpees – also known as squat thrusts – equating to one for every day of the past 21 years that Gail has suffered from fibromyalgia.

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