Back in July 2015, a colleague and I were invited to join a charity Dragonboat team, and race against other teams in the annual Dragonboat race at Pugneys Country Park in Wakefield organised by the Wakefield Chantry and Huddersfield Rotary clubs. We didn’t know what to expect, but the outstanding memory of the day was the weather, red hot sunshine, slightly cooled by the breeze coming from the lake.
So, this year we decided to enter our own team and raise money for Macmillan Cancer Support and as most people were as unaware as to what was involved in a Dragonboat race as we were in the first year, we had to sell the idea based solely on the promise of blisteringly hot weather. Of course, we couldn’t deliver on this promise and we had torrential downpours for the majority of the day. At one point, the lake water felt much warmer than the water which had saturated our clothes and the thought of capsizing would have been welcome respite from the potential hypothermia caused by the driving rain.
Despite this, all of our team were in good spirits and after a tricky first race, we pulled it back to win the second but unfortunately we were not as successful in the third which meant that we didn’t make the final.
In the end, we all had a great time and we raised over £1000 for charity so thank you to all those who were involved and all those who supported us and see you next year on the bank side, the weather will be amazing!!!!!Read more
Sunday mornings are usually reserved for lie-ins, big breakfasts and Sunday papers which take at least a week to get through due to the amount of supplements and adverts for walk-in baths and dog beds which look like armchairs! But after accepting a challenge set by one of our customers, “Strata Homes”, our Sunday couldn’t have been more different.
We had been invited to join Stata Homes’ team and take part in “The Major Series” which was sold to us as 10K assault course with quite a lot of mud. “Sounds like fun” we said, and above all, it was to raise funds for “Little Hiccups” which is Strata’s chosen charity for the year.
Excitement and trepidation were in equal measure on the morning of the run as no one really knew what to expect. Then, we were off, at first, there was a bit of mild jogging interspersed with a few press-ups and star jumps, and I have to say that I succumbed to a false sense of security, “This isn’t so bad, this is easy” I said confidently to myself, but then we hit the first of the water hazards and I was so glad that I didn’t say it out loud, because this is when it started to get tough!
We were up to our waists in freezing cold water, up to our knees in thick quick sand (ok, it was mud but it felt like quicksand) and that was just a mere hor d’oeuvre, the worst was yet to come. Being fully submerged in freezing muddy water, swimming across stagnant ponds and rescuing team mates from the pungent grip of the mud bogs was to be the menu for the rest of the challenge.
We attacked every obstacle that was thrown in our way, and we did it wearing great big smiles as it was such great fun! A giant waterslide at the end of the course provided much needed respite from the mud and when we crossed the finish line we were rewarded with a medal, a bowl of porridge and an enormous sense of achievement.
Everyone in our team gave everything they had to push through the course which for most, was way out of their comfort zones and hopefully next year we’ll all do it all again plus with some new recruits.
See you on the start line next year!Read more