Well done to everyone who took part and completed the Keybury Charity Challenge of 2017!

Patrick, Shea, Jon, Frazer, Jarlath, Anthony, David, Mel, Frank, Tricia, Tom, Niamh, Rob, Sharon, Sue, Joe, Adam & Ildiko.

The final Total raised for Sue Ryder, Manorlands & The British Heart Foundation is … £2,368.75

Destined for Lake Windermere – in the heart of the Lake District with a spring in our step, walking boots over our shoulders and our life jackets in tow… for the ‘man over board’ we were anticipating!  – Luckily none of which were needed in an emergency! We were ready for our annual Charity Challenge!

Eager to begin the combined one-hundred mile walk across the shores of the Lake, we almost set off running… actually maybe not, more a speed walk! The walk was a manageable 7.5 miles, although on hard terrain and the walkways lined with nettles, it made those wearing shorts think twice as they rummaged in the overgrown paths for natural remedies –The dock leaf.  The route stayed close to the lake but rivalled Blackpool’s ‘The Big One’ with those hill climbs and steep drops! Perhaps it was the thought of a pie with a pint of ale that was waiting for us at the end that pulled us to the finish line! All jokes aside, we did it! Team Keybury shone through and together we collectively marched one-hundred miles around Lake Windermere! – Good going Team Keybury!

The team on a high from the walk on Saturday – we set off for our twenty-mile combined row across the picture perfect, albeit humongous lake on the Sunday… well, it certainly looked it to us from the starting line! Battling with the strong currents alongside the wind & rain made the challenge tough, with keeping the boat in a straight line a challenge in itself. The waves were hitting the boat forcefully, ensuring that everything (and everyone) on board was drenched. The more times they crossed the Lake, the faster they got with the last crossing coming in at 23 minutes! In our original statement we alleged that we were no Oxford rowing-team, after our enormous efforts to hit the twenty-mile point we could certainly give them a row for their medals now… especially in adverse weather conditions!

Heads held high, feet blistered and arms like Mike Tyson, we could return home feeling great knowing we had completed our annual charity challenge, and the best bit…

We raised a fantastic £2,368.75 for two incredible charities – Sue Ryder, Manorlands & The British Heart Foundation.

 Special thank you to Mortimer who covered call out over the weekend, Ildiko for the delicious baking which she brought to keep our energy levels up and our photographers Anthony who captured recordings on his drone while Adam & Ildiko caught numerous photos of the fantastic weekend! We would also like to thank the Brockhole Centre where we hired the boats from – not forgetting the gentleman on the safety boat who was really helpful!

We would also like thank everybody who has sponsored us and supported us reaching our fundraising target for the two selected charities for 2017.

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