Father and daughter team prepare for harsh endurance event with the help of a climatic chamber at Millbrook.
Millbrook has demonstrated the versatility of its test facilities, providing marathon duo, Stephan and Chloe Couture, with valuable support to help them prepare for endurance races and events in near-arctic conditions.
Stephan and Chloe are a unique father-daughter duo, competing in multiple endurance events where Stephan carries, pushes or pulls Chloe – who has cerebral palsy and a visual impairment – around the course in specialised equipment. Ahead of challenging winter events across Europe, they had to test all equipment and attire to ensure that it would stand up to the extreme conditions and potentially sub-zero temperatures expected.
As an established vehicle test and validation services provider, Millbrook has the facilities available on site to simulate a wide range of challenging environments. The Millbrook team gave Stephan and Chloe access to one of its climatic chambers, enabling them to experience the coldest temperatures they are likely to experience when competing.
“I can’t thank the team at Millbrook enough for their support,” said Stephan Couture. “We experience such a wide range of barriers with what we do; so many people don’t understand what I’m trying to achieve and don’t allow any flexibility to the red tape that restricts us. That wasn’t the case with Millbrook though, and the team did everything they could to support us.”
Andrew Radley, Manager – Vehicle Facilities at Millbrook added: “It is amazing to see what Stephan and Chloe are doing. The dedication that goes into participating in these events, and competing to such a high level, is incredible. We are pleased that the flexibility of our facilities and approach has given them one less thing to think about ahead of the trip, and wish them the best of luck in the forthcoming events.”
Having founded the Ladybugs Trust to support other families with young children and adolescents with disabilities, Stephan and Chloe take part in events such as triathlons, half marathons and full marathons. They are targeting a number of events across Europe in the coming months, including winter events in Iceland and Poland.