This year we took on the platinum challenge and raised £1,180 for the Rainbow Trust Children’s Charity.
Having braved the Gold route for last year’s trial, it was decided that this year’s team would subject themselves to the delights of the Platinum route. Featuring a slightly shorter distance of 17 miles (the Gold is 20) but a more intense course with 5000ft of ascent – we certainly set our sights high!
But this is for a good cause and we decided this year to dedicate the money raised to the Rainbow Trust Children’s Charity.
The Rainbow Trust Children’s Charity supports families who have a child aged 0 -18 years with a life threatening or terminal illness and need the bespoke support the charity offers. They have Family Support Workers who provide a lifeline to these families.
They provide much needed support and help to families at home, in hospital and in the community. Any family can receive support from the moment of their child or young person’s diagnosis.
For any family that has a child with a serious or terminal illness, it’s not only their worst fear realised, but they also often feel alone and helpless. That’s why the Rainbow Trust Children’s Charity is so important and very much needed – at moments like this, we all need someone to turn to.
So, to help this great cause continue their good work, 15 ThirdSpace colleagues decided to brave the South Wales Three Peaks Trial, and what a day we picked! Sunshine, good spirits and lots of laughter would see us through the challenge ahead.
After an early night, the team gathered at the meeting point for 7.15 am… Most of us made it, except a couple of young ones that didn’t realise there was a 7 am as well as a 7 pm!
Once they caught up, we checked in, boarded the minibus and waited for the adventure to start!
The first peak to climb was Bal Mawr, this was the toughest peak of the day, but everyone managed to get to the top (all bar one who sadly had to retire for health reasons). Once at the summit, we enjoyed the sunshine while we took a brief break and broke out the ThirdSpace flag for a photo.
Having recovered from the first ascent and refuelled with sweets and sugary snacks, we set off toward the second peak, Pen Cerrig-calch. Feeling good, we strolled along at a decent pace although there was a slight mishap along the way…
“A man forewarned us that the mud was very deep, we had the choice to warn others or wait with the camera ready – we chose the nobler, if less amusing path. Although it was too late to save Robin.” Operations Director
Sadly, we missed the photo of Robin right up to his waist in mud. With the majority having sidestepped the surprise mud bath, we completed the second peak and trekked on toward the final peak, resisting the urge to call it a day as we passed a checkpoint cruelly placed outside a pub.
The third and final peak would be Sugar Loaf. After somewhat of a scramble to reach the summit, we could finally breathe and know we were nearly finished – and that the end was (somewhere) in sight!
After a long walk down Sugar Loaf watching the sun disappear (a somewhat worrying development for CEO Neil Coughlan, who only had his prescription sunglasses with him), we arrived back where it had all began some 12 hours earlier. We finally crossed the finish line and collected our hard earned certificates.
The sore feet and aching joints quickly began to take their toll once we finally stopped, but they couldn’t take away the sense of achievement we all felt. After nearly 12 hours of continuous walking, 17 miles and 5000 feet of ascent, we were finally finished.
“Walking into lamp posts! Lewis, Jonathan and I finished in the dark at about 7.40 pm. About a half a mile from the end, I walked into a lamp post. Note to self: use a torch when you have one and take regular glasses rather than just sunglasses.” CEO
“Not much to say other than my knees hurt.” Account Manager
“The “Platinum plus” team for the win! It was just “left foot, right foot, repeat,” right? Big thanks to Robin for walking into the mud to give me a much-needed laugh - really took one for the team.” Internal Sales Executive
And so, we headed for home, still smiling and feeling triumphant, knowing that we had done our best to help a good cause who offer so much support to those who desperately need it.
Here’s to next year!
If you’d like to support the Rainbow Trust Children’s Charity, please visit their website.
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