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Wednesday, 16 April 2014

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Cumbrian engineers complete Snowdonia Challenge for charity

A group of west Cumbrian engineers who took on the feat of competing in the Snowdonia Challenge have raised more than £3,000 for charity.

It took Phil Redfern, Rowan Matthews, Chris Weir and Mark Doughty, of React Engineering Ltd in Cleator Moor, eight hours and 21 minutes to cycle, climb and canoe the route on July 7.

Their time meant they clinched fifth place in the mixed team’s challenge out of the 25 teams which took part.

Overall they came 29th out of the 69 teams in the whole challenge in Wales.

The route saw them cycle 20 miles, climb the 3,560ft Snowdonia, cycle a further 10 miles, canoe Lake Gwynant and then cycle the final 10 miles.

But the team’s best effort came from Rowan’s dog, a rescue lurcher named Dude, who ran up Snowdonia with them, often having to be held back at times.

The money will be given to Regain, the charity for sport’s tetraplegics, which supports men and woman paralysed in sporting-based accidents.

To boost the fund, the four engineers held a film night in Cockermouth at the end of last month which was supported by local companies.

Mr Doughty said: “We couldn’t believe we got fifth place – it makes all those training sessions worthwhile. Raising over £3,000 has been the icing on the cake for this challenge seeing as our target was £2,000.

“The money will all go to the charity and hopefully make the lives of tetraplegics much easier.

“It would be fantastic if people could continue to support the cause and donate money through our page on the Just Giving website.”

The four chose the charity due to the number of keen cyclists in their office – Regain is known for helping a lot of people injured during cycling accidents.

To pledge support for the cause visit; www.justgiving.com/teams/REACTEngineering.

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