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Rhodar teams taking on Cumbrian Challenge

In just under 6-weeks, teams will arrive in the Lake District to take part in WWTW’s flagship Cumbrian Challenge event.


Over 175 teams of 4 have signed up to take part, including 3 teams from Rhodar, a national specialist enabling contractor, operating out of 14 regional offices with over 500 directly employed staff. Their core services are asbestos removal, passive fire protection, demolition, and land remediation.

We sat down with Francis and Ian from team Rhodar to find out why they have signed up for the challenge.

Why is Rhodar taking part in the Cumbrian Challenge?

Rhodar has a strong foothold in the Cumbrian region, as supply chain partners for Cumbrian County Council, and a number of large local employers like BAE. We wanted to show our regional support, by competing in a large, exciting event.

Why have you decided to sign-up for the Cumbrian Challenge and support Walking With The Wounded?

Bringing new members of staff into our workforce to supplement our current load of work, is always an integral part of our growth. We decided to pursue a relationship with Walking With The Wounded, to help veterans into sustainable work and also better understand whether we could be the place some of their clients decide they’d like to work in the future.

Can you tell us about your teams?

Rhodar has entered 3 teams into the Cumbrian Challenge, Rhodar United, Rhodar City and Rhodar Rovers.

We went down the football-esque names, as it shows our affiliation to Rhodar, but also gives us a bit of unique competition as part of individual teams – we’re all equal though. Our teams are made up of colleagues from across the UK, with members joining from the South-East, Midlands, North-West and Yorkshire. Within our teams, we have an Everest base camp climber (and marathon runner), a regular marathon runner, a Tough Mudder completer, a regular 10k charity runner, a Great North Runner the day after, and a lot of enthusiasm.

There are less than 2 months to go until the event! What are you most looking forward to?

We can’t wait for it to finally happen! We’ve booked into a local Youth Hostel which should be fun, but getting out onto the hills, getting to know each other better and raising some much-needed funds is a real benefit to everyone.

How is your training going?

Individually, training is going well, we’ve been hampered by Covid-19, and then everyone having personal lives now that we can get together, but closer to the event we’ll get together as three teams hopefully, and probably share a pre-event beer!

Together, Rhodar’s three teams have raised nearly £3,500 so far. What advice would you give to other supporters looking to boost their fundraising?

Be as relentless as Fran! And don’t feel like asking someone for money for charity is wrong, it isn’t, helping others is the greatest feeling.

There is still time to sign-up and take part in the Cumbrian Challenge. Click here to register for the 2021 event. 

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