Rise to the Challenge
*Source; North West Evening Mail*
*Tuesday, 9 June 2009*
by Tony Greenbank
A MOUNTAIN rescue team leader has praised event organisers following a successful challenge event. Duddon and Furness Mountain Rescue Team supported the Samworth Brothers Charity Challenge 2009 held around Coniston on Saturday.Team leader Mike Margieson said good organisation meant competitors completed the challenge safely despite the unseasonably cold weather.
The 160-plus competitors from Samworth Brothers, a food manufacturing company and its associated firms, also raised £12,500 for Duddon and Furness MRT.The 42 teams of four members ran under names such as Ginsters Starmixers, Waitrose Wanderers and Sugar Puffs Destroyers (British Sugar).
Mr Margieson said: “Crucially this gruelling 12-hour triathlon was well-planned, well-run and completely organised. “But then it had to be. Competitors walked over Wetherlam and Coniston Old Man in cold, wet conditions, paddled on Coniston Water in open canoes and pedalled through Grisedale Forest on mountain bikes. They also abseiled into the depths of Hodge Close quarry, each team descending the rock face on four ropes alongside each other.
“There was no margin for error, but everything went to plan when a host of things could have gone wrong.
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