Ironman Scott Neyedli Answers SOS Call from FirstGroup Health Challenge Team

One of the world’s top endurance athletes, Aberdeen ironman triathlete Scott Neyedli, visited FirstGroup headquarters today to answer an SOS call from an all female FirstGroup team taking part in ‘Stay Active Challenge’ – an unique UK wide employee wellness programme.

Emma Henderson (33, from Bridge of Don), Leigh-Anne Johnston (40, from Craigiebuckler), Farrah Wilson (50 from Old Rayne), Ros Philip (32 from Rothienorman) and Kristen McHugh (29, from Ferryhill) have already swapped their high heels for trainers, but as they enter the competition’s final week in the top ten, they’ve enlisted the help of Scott Neyedli, in their determination to push for third place.

Scott Neyedli, who is the Scottish Ironman record holder, is currently in preparations to take part at Challenge Henley Ironman Race in September.  He took some time out from his punishing schedule to provide the FirstGroup team with specialist nutrition and training advice.  He said: “All five girls seem to have done incredibly well.  They are very enthusiastic and in great shape.  My tips, which will help them train and burn more calories, will hopefully help them reach the top of the leaderboard.”

“Scott’s advice may just prove to be the cutting edge we’ve been striving for,” said Team Captain Ros Philip, a Finance Manager at FirstGroup.  “We’ve done incredibly well in the last ten weeks – and are in with a chance of finishing as the best placed FirstGroup team and in the top three throughout the UK.  I’m very proud of the team – we’re all feeling fitter and healthier than ever.”

Vice Captain Leigh-Anne Johnston, a Personal Assistant at FirstGroup, said that her new fitness regime plays a major part in her life.  “I’m a regular in the Sports Village gym thanks to FirstGroup’s discounted membership,” she said.  “I also walk regularly, but my favourite exercise is trampolining.”

Emma Henderson, also a Personal Assistant at FirstGroup, said she has spent a fortune on new clothes since dropping a dress size: “I walk from my home in the Bridge of Don to FirstGroup’s King Street headquarters every day – a round trip of nearly eight miles.  I also swim regularly and feel so much better, both mentally and physically, since I took up the challenge.  I’m enjoying shopping for new clothes as a result of coming down a dress size!”

In total, 66 colleagues from FirstGroup (15 teams) are taking part in the Stay Active Challenge with hundreds of teams participating throughout the UK.

About Scott Neyedli
Born and raised in Aberdeen, Scott began his sporting career as an amateur triathlete since participating in the sport for fun in 2005 (aged 26).  In 2007 he turned professional.  He specialises in Ironman events which consist of a 2.4 mile open water swim, 112 mile bike and a 26.2 mile marathon run.  Despite his success and his extensive travelling, Aberdeen remains his home, living in the West End of the city and works full time as an engineer in the Oil & Gas industry.
As a professional Ironman Triathlete he has achieved:
· 2011 9th ITU World Long Distance Triathlon Championships (Top Britain)
· 2010 Ironman Australia runner-up
· 2009 Ironman Western Australia runner-up (Scottish Record of 8hr, 17min, 48 sec)
· 2008 Ironman UK Triathlon runner-up
· 2007 Ironman UK Triathlon Champion, 1st Briton to win the event in a new run course & overall course record time
· Voted 2008 Top Men’s Individual Performance of the Year by UK’s 220 Triathlon Magazine
· Voted Top Male Elite Long Distance Triathlete of Year 2007 at British Triathlon Annual Awards
· Top Briton at Ironman World Championships 2007
· 3 x Open Senior Scottish Champion
· Voted Runner up at the City of Aberdeen sports person of the year 2007

About the Stay Active Challenge
The Stay Active Challenge is an unique, inclusive and personalised employee wellness programme available globally. Competing in teams of five, participants are challenged to increase their activity levels as much as possible during a ten week activity competition – the team with the greatest increase wins!

Using the revolutionary technology of the iAM – a wireless, interactive activity monitor – participant’s activities are measured by combining calorie burn, speed and intensity of movement and metabolic data. Measuring so much more than simple steps, the iAM means that every movement made counts towards the Challenge, big and small. Participants receive unparalleled, personalised support through an Activity Coach, Dietician and ongoing nutritional advice.

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