WoD - Monday 23rd May 2016

On the afternoon of 22 May 2013, a British Army soldier, Fusilier Lee Rigby of the Royal Regiment of Fusiliers, was attacked and killed by Michael Adebolajo and Michael Adebowale near the Royal Artillery Barracks in Woolwich, southeast London. Rigby was off duty and walking along Wellington Street when he was attacked. Adebolajo and Adebowale Killed Drummer Rigby in cold blood, telling passers-by that they had killed a soldier to avenge the death of Muslims by the hands of The British armed forces.

Unarmed police arrived at the scene nine minutes after an emergency call was received and set up a cordon. Armed police officers arrived five minutes later. The assailants, armed with a cleaver and brandishing a gun, charged at the police, who fired shots that wounded them both. They were apprehended and taken to separate hospitals. Adebolajo and Adebowale are British of Nigerian descent, were raised as Christians, and converted to Islam.

On 19 December 2013, both of the attackers were found guilty of Rigby's murder. On 26 February 2014, they were sentenced to life imprisonment, with Adebolajo given a whole life order and Adebowale ordered to serve at least 45 years. The attack was condemned by political and Muslim leaders in the United Kingdom and in the international press.

Drummer Lee Rigby had proudly served for his country in Helmand province, Afghanistan, a place that later transpired to be safer than his own home! Lee Rigby was distinguished as being a solider due to the Help For Heroes t-shirt that he was wearing, a charity he supported and one which received £600,000 in donations in the days that followed his death.

When I served in the military we were told never to bare any uniform, display any badges and to show no sign of who we were! This is wrong! The people that fight to defend our country, both past and present, should receive the respect that they deserve. If this is all that we can do to show that, then so be it!

Please come along to the gym, perform his workout and pay your respects to the fallen.

Drummer Lee Rigby of the 2nd Battalion the Royal Regiment of Fusiliers was 25 years of age, described as being humorous, generous and loving. “His family meant everything to him, he was a loving son, husband, father, brother and uncle – and a friend to many.” He tragically died on the 22nd of May 2013 in an attack close to his home barracks. Drummer Rigby, 25, from Manchester, leaves behind a two-year-old son; Jack, his mother, his step-father and two sisters.

We shall never forget. Rest In Peace now Drummer Rigby

CrossFit Cardiff WoD

“Riggers”

For time:
22 Calorie Row
25 Squat Cleans (40/30kg)
22 Double Unders
25 Bar-hop Burpees
22 Double Unders
25 Push Press (40/30kg)
22 Double Unders
25 Pull Ups
22 Calorie Row

When it gets hard remember why...