Victorious At The Cumbrian Challenge
On Saturday 13th May a team from our Gloucestershire and Bristol Homes for Veterans, supported by Tony Lovegrove from Walking with the Wounded, took part in the Cumbrian Challenge.
Around 160+ teams from across the country gathered to take on the challenge. The groups were made up of other Military teams, corporates, general members of the public, and families. The theme this year was ‘Challenge Yourself’ and the team certainly did that.
The team, made up of Veterans Alex, Khozi, Paul and Tom embraced the challenge head on, completing it in just under four and a half hours, a very impressive time. Since 2015 Homes for Veterans have participated in the Cumbrian Challenge steadily working their way up the medal table to this year coming first, beating the team behind by over an hour!
Kirsty Scullion, from Alabaré attended the event;
“The Challenge took the team on a three peak 23km tab, of which the team mostly ran. Despite the torrential rain, 5m visibility in places and the near freezing wind chill at the top of Helvellyn, the team continued to run across the three peaks working as a team. The four team members hadn’t known each other prior to the event, yet drawing on all their skills learnt in the military they quickly bonded with a common goal – to be clear of the route, ensure all safety was in place and build a plan of assent to ensure over the four or so hours they were able to maintain a strong and steady running pace.”
Neil Hunt, Team Leader at Homes for Veterans Gloucestershire said;
“To see ex-Military come together showing all the ethos of the Armed Forces including teamwork, discipline, focus and never say die attitude was instrumental in producing, quite simply an outstanding performance all round. Immensely proud of Veterans.”
Tony Lovegrove, Walking with the Wounded said;
“I simply can't be more proud of how everything came together in showing team spirit”
Tom from the Veterans team said;
“Even if I'm not in Alabare next year I'd still come back and do a team and run for Alabaré ‘cause you’ve done so much for me”