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The Cumbrian Challenge – Top 5 reasons why your employees should be there -Written by Joel Oxberry

The Cumbrian Challenge, Walking With The Wounded’s (‘WWTW’) flagship event, takes place at Grasmere on 16th May 2020. The event, now in its 8th year has seen 850+ teams take part and it has raised over £1 million for the charity.

At its heart, The Cumbrian Challenge is a team-building event, open to groups of 3-4, hiking through the Lake District alongside our inspiring military veteran service users.

Businesses can choose from three routes, the Peak, the Tough, and the Tougher to tailor the challenge to all abilities. The event takes employees out of their normal routines and offers a challenge outside their comfort zones, encouraging them to work together to complete their chosen route in the fastest possible time. The sense of camaraderie in completing the challenge together helps develop relationships between colleagues that extend beyond the workplace. Here are our top 5 reasons why this is the perfect corporate team-building event:

1. Encourages Teamwork

Teams that work well together are more productive and successful. However, team building at work can sometimes be a bit tricky, particularly when some tried and tested corporate team-building activities fail to muster much enthusiasm. It’s time to shake things up and put your team to the test with a new challenge. The Cumbrian Challenge encourages everyone to work together in a fun (and competitive) environment.

2.  Improves Communication

The Cumbrian Challenge will put teams to the test as they work together to navigate one of three routes. They will need to call on multiple skills, including map reading, leadership and communication in order to complete the task ahead.

3.  Improves Confidence

Completing and overcoming a physical test such as The Cumbrian Challenge demonstrates to the team members that they can achieve their goals if they work together; both improving confidence in tackling challenges and building on essential teamwork skills. Although the three routes are marshalled, they are not guided or fully marked so teams will need to trust each other if they are to complete the challenge. It is essential that at least one team member can map read.

4.  Makes Employees Feel Valued

Recent studies show that employees are now placing greater emphasis on their employer’s social values than ever before. Taking part in activities such as The Cumbrian Challenge not only provides a platform to support your employees’ well being, but also to align your business to their core values.

5.  Supports Company Culture

A great way to engage customers and clients. The Cumbrian Challenge helps to establish a corporate culture where employees enjoy coming to work every day, collaborate easily and have trust and respect for each other. Most importantly, it is FUN and raises vital funds to support those who served.

Don’t just take our word for it. Check out some testimonials from corporates that have given their continued support to the Cumbrian Challenge:

“As adventure events go, WWTW has created an amazing formula, which is testing individually whilst simultaneously providing huge enjoyment. WWTW's collaboration across their community of staff, beneficiaries, and volunteers, supporters and donors is not only hugely effective but undertaken with a sense of fun. Thank you for another terrific event".

Jim Goodwin, FDM Group

 "We continue to take part in the Cumbrian Challenge because it is an event that epitomises teamwork. Teams take part, teams support them and the team at Walking With The Wounded then does incredible things with the money we raise. It is one of the first things we put into our calendar each year." 

Nigel Roberts, Head of Broker Relations, AEGIS London

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