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We did it!

Well we did it!  Our 2016 Tees Charity Challenge of relay walking non-stop 72 miles from Cow Green Reservoir in Upper Teesdale, following the route of the River Tees to the Transporter Bridge in Middlesbrough was completed ahead of schedule on Saturday morning, raising funds for Teesdale and Weardale Search & Mountain Rescue and Yorkshire Cancer Research.

There were some very sore legs and very large blisters by the end but everyone worked extremely hard together to complete the 72 (+ a few extra miles!!) with continuous fun, laughter and camaraderie all the way.

David Cooper, Director and Chair of the GSC Grays Charity Committee , who was also the brains behind the challenge said ‘I was absolutely delighted with how the 2016 GSC Grays Tees Challenge went over the weekend.  The weather was kind and we managed to complete our route a little ahead of schedule with everyone in good spirits and only a few sore legs and the odd blister…  To have walked a little over 73 miles in 29 hours (including stops) is a fantastic achievement, with the cumulative mileage walked by the team extending over 400 miles!

first stage high force 2A huge thanks has to go to all those that mucked in and assisted with the challenge, whether walking, driving or helping with supplies – it couldn’t have been done without a massive team effort, of which I am very proud.

We must also mention the amazing support and sponsorship that we have had, especially to our key sponsors: Tilly Bailey & Irvine, Handelsbanken, Parnaby Evans, Lycetts, Baileys & Partners, Kenneth Easby, Better Brand Agency and The Log Company.

We also have to give a special mention to Procters Coaches for the use of the minibus,  Rockcliffe Hall who looked after us so fantastically in the early hours of the Saturday morning when it was most needed and finally, to Middleton Forge who provided us with high visibility vests for our night-time/road sections!

 

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Once the aches and pains have subsided, I will be giving some thought to next year’s challenge!’

We were joined on the walk by some of the Teesdale and Weardale Mountain Rescue.  A fantastic group of volunteers doing amazing work in our area. They really do deserve our support, one day it could be one of us or our family members they are looking for. We hadn’t appreciated the amount of work they do in urban areas particularly finding missing people, not to mention the moors.

As you may already be aware, we were also raising funds for Yorkshire Cancer Research.  Around 30,000 people in Yorkshire are told they have cancer every year, and this is set to double by 2030, so there will be twice as many people needing access to the best treatments and long-term care. This means it’s now more important than ever that we all come together to help people avoid, survive and cope with cancer.

Yorkshire Cancer Trust believes that every single person in every community in and around Yorkshire should have the very best chance of living a long and healthy life with, without and beyond cancer. But currently, people in Yorkshire are more likely to get cancer, and more likely to die from it, than almost anywhere else in England.  Yorkshire Cancer Trust can save lives by investing in research that tackles local cancer problems and priorities.

Our Just Giving site will be live for a little while longer, so if anyone wants to support these two great causes any further donations would be very much appreciated. Last but by no means least I thought during the dark hours of those I know who are, or have been affected by cancer.

Around 30,000 people in Yorkshire are told they have cancer every year, and this is set to double by 2030, so there will be twice as many people needing access to the best treatments and long-term care. This means it’s now more important than ever that we all come together to help people avoid, survive and cope with cancer.

Yorkshire Cancer Trust believes that every single person in every community in and around Yorkshire should have the very best chance of living a long and healthy life with, without and beyond cancer. But currently, people in Yorkshire are more likely to get cancer, and more likely to die from it, than almost anywhere else in England.

Yorkshire Cancer Trust can save lives by investing in research that tackles local cancer problems and priorities.

I appreciate that you will all receive requests for sponsorship regularly, but if you are able to support the Teasdale and Weardale Mountain Rescue, or the the Yorkshire Cancer Trust, I know that your support would make a real difference.

https://www.justgiving.com/teams/TeesCharityChallenge

For those who have already supported we are extremely grateful.  More photographs can be found on the GSC Grays Facebook page

 

 

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