This year’s annual BGL Insurance (BGLi) charity challenge saw 43 colleagues going to the Lake District to take part in a 12-hour triathlon style event, raising over £25,000 for Macmillan Cancer Support.
Colleagues from across BGLi and the wider Markerstudy Group, BGLi’s parent company, faced changeable weather, steep inclines and rocky terrain in the gruelling challenge which covered approximately 32 miles of hiking, paddling and cycling in one day. The participants completed an 11-mile hike covering the Newlands Horseshoe, a 3.5-mile paddle across Derwent Water and a 13 mile cycle from Braithwaite to Whinlatter, involving a mixture of off road cycling and forest trails.
Kayleigh Compton, Senior Manager – Strategy and Business Development, Motor & Home at BGL Insurance, comments: “The camaraderie between colleagues to complete this challenge was phenomenal! It’s events like these that really build a culture of teamwork whilst raising money for an amazing charity, one which at some point touches someone we may know. It was an event which I’ll never forget and I’m so proud to have been part of!”
Karen Milsom, Associate Director – Employee Engagement, Sustainability and Events at Markerstudy, adds: “It was an extremely tough and challenging day, both physically and mentally, but our trekkers supported each other throughout, with lots of laughter, some tears and plenty of snacks to keep our energy up! I have been fortunate enough to take part in our previous challenges and I have to say this one was the hardest but the most rewarding, and an experience that none of us will ever forget! I am immensely proud of all the team who each showed grit and determination to support a cause that is close to many of our hearts.”