22 May 2024

Hornsea company boss takes on Romaniacs endurance challenge

The director of Hornsea-based security manufacturer Heald is competing in the Red Bull Romaniacs Challenge to raise money for the charity WomanKind.

Having completed the challenge in 2019, Rod Heald has set out again to accomplish the tough endurance event. From July 26-30, he will be competing in the four-day motorcycle race known as the hardest off-road enduro in the world. The event attracts riders from more than 40 countries and is located in the Romanian Carpathian mountains, meaning the challenge does not come easy because of its technically demanding hilly landscapes.

Rod will be raising money for the charity WomanKind, which has been supporting women’s rights organisations and movements for 30 years to secure equal rights for women and girls across the globe.

Rod is no stranger to physical challenges, with both he and his partner Debbie Heald having completed various extreme events raising money for charities including WISHH, Teenage Cancer Trust, Cancer Research, Motor Neurone Disease Association and the Multiple Sclerosis Society.

Debbie, who is the managing director of Heald said: “Myself, Rod and the whole Heald team really value the importance of contributing to charity organisations. As a business and as individuals it’s important
we help wider causes as much as we can. WomanKind is an incredible organisation doing important work across the world and we are proud to be supporting them this year.

“The Red Bull Romaniacs Challenge is a very tough course and is very demanding, but me and the Heald team have the utmost confidence that Rod is going to succeed.”

Rod said: “Redbull Romaniacs is one of the world’s hardest enduro events, the track is immense, and the country and people are amazing.

“As a proud father of two girls, I feel strongly about supporting this charity as it provides help, support and education which unites to end violence against women and girls.”

To support Rod, visit justgiving.com/fundraising/rod-heald-romaniacchallenge.