A record number of teams took part in the Cumbrian Challenge 2015 with more than 500 walkers hitting the hills to raise valuable funds for Walking With The Wounded.
Teams of four from a wide range of companies, clubs and military regiments competed alongside the charity’s beneficiaries and expedition teams at the event in Grasmere. It is now in its third year and was generously sponsored by Arqiva, XL Catlin, Virgin Money, Glenfiddich and ESRI UK with BAE Systems sponsoring the tech t-shirts, Adnams supplying the finish-line beer and support also coming from KM Security Solutions PLC and LakesLoos and prizes courtesy of Cotswold Outdoors, Platypus, Osprey, Silversurfers.com and Buffwear.
Each team taking part completed one of two routes, the Tough or the Tougher, and was challenged to raise more than £1,000 and aim for £2,000 to support a wounded veteran back into work.
The event itself was also a training opportunity for the Walk Of Britain team who made their first public appearance together since launching The Walk Of Britain expedition with Prince Harry which will take place in August this year.
The Royal Dragoon Guards won the 29km ‘Tougher’ route, racing over Steel Fell, Fairfield and Red Screes and back to Grasmere in just over five hours, while one of three teams from Speedflex Gyms took the 20km ‘Tough’ route title. Fastest females were Team Toon on the Tough route and the Cambridge Crumblies on the Tougher course.
The over 50s competition, for teams with an average age of 200 or more, saw one of three teams from RBS’s corporate division in Manchester and Leeds win the ‘Tougher’ route and ‘Serco Strollers’ win the ‘Tough’ route.
Cambridge University OTC who won the event overall in 2013 overcame some significant injuries to finish third and win the new university prize ahead of Yorkshire OTR, and the coveted fancy dress prizes went to the team from Oncei’vegone.com who dressed up as cowboys with inflatable horses which were a considerable hindrance in the 30mph winds up on the peaks. Four Where’s Wally lookalikes were also seen on the route.
A special mention must go to several teams of beneficiaries from our Home Straight programmes in Bristol and Catterick who pushed themselves out of their comfort zones to complete the challenge.
Ed Parker, CEO and Co-founder of Walking With The Wounded said: “Thank you to everyone who took part in our Cumbrian Challenge event – it was a fantastic weekend enjoyed by everyone and the money raised will support up to 200 more wounded veterans back into employment.
We are so grateful to all the sponsors of the weekend whom without we wouldn’t be able to raise the vital funds that help so many.”