Cycling, canoeing and hiking for a good cause

The team on the day of the challenge
The team on the day of the challenge

A TEAM of outdoor adventurers and fundraisers from Thame and Haddenham have completed a gruelling muti-sport challenge in the Lake District.

Tom Hopes, Adam Richards-Gray, Frances Murch and Damian Poyser took part in the Great Lakeland Challenge on September 16, which includes canoeing, cycling and a climb over England highest mountain.

The team managed a highly credible sixth place finish out of the 20 groups taking part and finished well inside the 12-hour time limit. The foursome also managed to clock the fastest mountain climb.

As part of the challenge, those competing have to canoe the length of Lake Windermere, cycle 26 miles over England’s steepest mountain pass before finishing with the 8.5 mile scaling of Scafell Pike.

Tom said: “We are all absolutely delighted with the result. Although we are all fit individuals, this was a tough event that tested us to the limit.

“To finish sixth was a great feeling, but to win the award for the fastest team over Scafell Pike was something special.

“More important, however, is why we decided to do this in the first place – to raise money for disadvantaged children through the Wooden Spoon charity.

“Although our fundraising efforts are going well, we are continuing to work hard to raise as much as possible.

“So we would be grateful to anyone willing to make a donation for this very worthwhile cause.”

Further details about the Wooden Spoon charity can be found here

The team would be extremely grateful for any donations to the charity, and people can sponsor the team at their page

Further details about the challenge can be found here