Lyndon Scaffolding’s North West Regional Manager, Jon Cooke, Quantity Surveyor Ian Mills, Estimator Phil Dawson and Contracts Manager, David Leeson took on the hardest of the three (Peak, c15km, Tough c23km & Toughest c30km) challenges in the stunning, steep Cumbrian hills, starting in Grasmere in the heart of the Lake District National Park.
The Manchester office-based Lyndon lads needed to reach certain check points along the arduous mountain route in a given time frame, in order to finish the day-long event in the searing heat.
Jon Cooke said: “It was a lot harder than we expected. And, typical scaffolders that we are, we perhaps made it harder for ourselves going for the toughest category, by having done very little preparation and having a few beers on the Friday night!
“At the 10Km point, we were dead last! But we had to push on through the heat – filling up our water bottles in the hillside streams – crawling up some of the incredibly steep hills on our hands and knees and we really came good on the final 15Km, finishing in 19th, after nine long hours and with no stops. We even had to run some of the way, to make sure we hit the targets. It was very, very tough.”
Established in 2010, Walking With The Wounded supports a pathway for vulnerable veterans to re-integrate back into society and sustain their independence. At the heart of this journey is employment – recognising the inherent skills of armed service personnel in transferring their skills into the civilian workplace. The Cumbrian Challenge and other events they run nationwide aim to raise money to support wounded veterans back into independence.
“We chose Walking With The Wounded because we have supported quite a few ex-service men back into civilian employment as scaffolders for Lyndon. It’s a great charity to support,” added Jon.
The lads managed to raise over £800 in donations personally, which was then matched by Lyndon CEO Rob Lynch, totalling £1610 for the charity.