When the IGO team first visited the Lake District on a recce mission in 2018 the general report was that the weather can be ‘interesting’. I think ‘variable’ was also used. Fast forward to the end of April 2019 and 33 intrepid adventurers from the Rigby Group made their way to Cumbria ready to embark on a high energy corporate adventure weekend around the beautiful Lake District National Park.
The first day was a 30km mountain bike route through Grizedale Forest and the low lying hills of Great Langdale. With old niggles testing some participants and mountain biking being a relatively new experience for others, everyone made it to the finish line and into camp between 2.5 and 4.5 hours, which was much quicker than expected!
The late afternoon approached and with a healthy supply of beers, the group settled into a unique talk from the local hero Taffy Thomas – the first ever Storytelling Laureate! After some of Taffy’s classics, the enlightened crowd dispersed to learn bushcraft and fire-making techniques along with wild cooking methods over the open flames of the campfire. The group forged their own wild cooking masterpieces made up of trout, lamb and mini flatbreads. Happy and well-fed, the group made their way to their tents to bed down for the night.
After a decent breakfast of fruit, porridge and bacon and egg butties, the challengers were ready for the day ahead – the hike/run. True to Lake District form, foul weather came in from the west. After everyone left camp and made their way up the pikes the wind turned up a notch. The mountain leaders got the majority of the participants into smaller groups with a redesigned 20km route. Everyone made it to the Low Wood Bay Resort finish line a little wet and cold having completed a tough endurance challenge with adverse weather conditions. Once everyone was in and showered the award ceremony took place. Special mention went to Mike for sticking with his team on the bike stage when he could have easily pushed on ahead and to Mani for overcoming injuries and less training than most to push himself and stretch the elastic.
The awards were as follows:
The IGO Spirit award went to Kate Cook
The IGO Endeavour award went to Richard Pace.
The total raised for charity was upward of £65,000 – an incredible amount for Place 2 Be.
The IGO team and mountain leaders were inspired and impressed with the group’s mentality and strength over the whole challenge, especially so considering the adverse weather conditions. A huge congratulations to everyone involved for physical and mental perseverance, teamwork and an incredible amount of money raised for Place 2 Be.
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