I was Diagnosed with Crohns Disease in 2001. Later I also found out I have endometriosis and I suffer with Fistulas. This was a life changing diagnoses for me. I had to stop working all together and worse, I had to stop working out. I am a Fitness Nut.
After 4 years of hospital visits, surgeries & feeling like I was going to die, my Specialist finally agreed with me that working out may help with my illness. We compromised and I was allowed to strength train to build up my bone density & my muscle strength. I wasn't allowed to do cardio at all until I could eat properly & gained weight.
I raised two Foster kids and studied to be a Personal Trainer. These were both extremely difficult to do as I was quite ill alot of the time.
Today I am a Personal Trainer & I live to train both for my physical health & for my mental health.... My Crohn's disease may knock me down at times but I get right back up & Fight another day. I appreciate what I have and what I am able to do everyday... I am a Fighter !!!

"Tough Mudder" is an endurance event series in which participants attempt an 18km-long obstacle courses that tests mental as well as physical strength. 

I have done the "Tough Guy Tough Gal" 12km Mud Run in 2014 and I loved the experience so much I wanted to challenge myself even more. 

Having Crohns Disease, I feel I am constantly being challenged in a negative way.  Doing an extreme physical/mental Fitness challenge like this is more positive for me. I love testing my limits physically just to see if I can do it, especially as I get older. I am going to be 50 years young in December so what better way to celebrate :)

Click here and show your support - all funds raised will go towards supporting Crohn's & Colitis NZ



On the 14th of July 2018, The Loodicrous team will be waiting at the starting line of something that a lot of people would call Ludicrous and probably sends fear down their spines but for myself and the other competitors it will be an adventure of a life time and all for a worthy cause.

Our chosen charity is Crohn’s & Colitis New Zealand (CCNZ), they offer support, advice, resources and information about Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis. For those that don’t know what Crohns disease is, it’s a type of Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) that can affect and inflame anywhere along the digestive track, from your mouth to the anus. It affects around 5 million people around the world including my sister and there’s no cure yet. My sister has been affected by it for over half her life she has gone through the agonizing pain, uncountable doctor check-ups, tests, medications, surgery and the numerous side effects. This is why I have chosen this Charity, it’s my little contribution to help people with the disease and finding a cure so that people who get diagnosed in the future don’t have to deal with the same things as my sister and millions of others have done in the past.

CCNZ have set up a camp called Camp Purple, its set up for kids so they can meet others dealing with the same disease. IBD is usually diagnosed between the younger ages of 5 and 35. Many of these children attending the camp have never been to a camp due to their disease. Most have never met another child with the same illness. The camp gives the children and teenagers a chance to experience fundamental elements of childhood – the ability to play outdoors, to learn independence, nourish self-esteem, challenge themselves physically, and be proud of their accomplishments. While an important part of the camp experience for these kids is their interaction with compassionate and fun volunteers, the camp allows these children to be campers, enjoy the outdoors and have fun instead of being “IBD patients”. Most importantly, it lets the children know that they are not alone. It is heart-warming to see the children interacting with their peers.

So, this is where you guys come in. We are looking for your generous support to raise as much as we can, heading to the finish line.

Thank you for your donations and your support!




Hi I’m James and I was diagnosed with Crohn’s disease when I was 11 years old (9 years ago). Dealing with Crohn’s since then has been a rollercoaster ride. Some days I feel healthy and able while others I struggle to get out of bed. There are medications to help combat the symptoms of Crohn’s, which include abdominal cramps and bloating, diarrhoea and fatigue. Alongside these, maintaining a strict healthy diet helps to keep the bad days to a minimum. Thanks to this I have been able to return to a somewhat normal life.

However, there are others who still suffer enormously on a daily basis. I am walking the Te Araroa trail as a fundraiser to help these people who are still struggling. During the walk I will be living off the land as much as possible – foraging and hunting for food. I hope that by doing so I can also show that Crohn’s disease doesn’t have to completely life consuming.

Thanks to everyone who supports the cause, all help is greatly appreciated!

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