Bigger Hills, Bigger Challenge, More People, More fun!
The wind may have tried to blow the canoes off course but that didn’t stop the teams completing the second Prima Solutions TwentyTwenty challenge on 6 May at Carsington Water in the beautiful Derbyshire countryside.
Teams from a wide variety of industries across the midlands & beyond took on the challenge of completing a 17 mile cycle, a 1 mile canoe and an 8 mile run/walk with mystery challenges enroute to raise money and awareness for the fabulous work that TwentyTwenty does.
Everyone involved in the event; organisers, volunteers and participants created a real buzz and sense of excitement during the day. The strong wind over the water may have pushed some of our participants off course but that only added to the fun and they soon rallied round to complete the cycling section before attempting the new, physically demanding hill route. Mystery activities were placed around the course, designed to tax the brain but also engage people with the valuable work of the charity until everyone met at the finish line to celebrate.
TwentyTwenty is a registered charity helping disadvantaged and disengaged young people in the East Midlands to develop confidence, succeed in education and find sustainable employment. This year saw 3 young students from TwentyTwenty take on the challenge for the very first time. Robson, a 15 year old Mentee from Melton Mowbray (who won the trophy for fastest student), and Andre, an 18 year old Mentee from Derby both successfully completed this challenge. Charlie, a previous student on the Journey to Work course from Leicester and TwentyTwenty’s Youth Participation Champion was one of the official photographers on the day.
Andre said he felt like giving up half way through but he remembered how much TwentyTwenty had kept pushing him to finish anything he starts so he kept going. He was so pleased to finish it and was showing off his medal when he said “I didn’t give up so I know I earned this medal, I have been able to walk away with the dignity of achievement and knowing that I never gave up”. Andre wants to encourage other mentees from Derby to join in next year.
Mathew Burrell, Joint Managing Director at Prima Solutions said: “The day was a real success despite the changeable weather and challenging hills. It’s great to see more people at this year’s event, having even more fun. I would like to thank everyone involved for their outstanding efforts and look forward to having even more teams at next year’s event”.
The team from Joseph Cheaney & Sons added: “Thank you from Team Cheaney for organising and hosting the excellent event on Saturday. A good day was had by all and there was a real sense of achievement at the end”.
Mike Hughes, CEO of TwentyTwenty commented “The second Prima Solutions TwentyTwenty challenge event was a resounding success with all the teams negotiating a demanding 26 mile course to raise money for the charity. Harnessing the good spirited support of the business community in this way is only possible because of the incredibly generous sponsorship of Prima Solutions to whom we’re extremely grateful. Our partnership with them and the businesses we meet through the challenge event resources us to see more and more disadvantaged young people to build a brighter future”.
The next Prima Solutions TwentyTwenty Challenge will take place in 2018. For more information, visit Twentytwenty.org.uk and primasolutions.co.uk
Many thanks to Chris Meads Photography and Ken Hewitt Photography for great photos of the day