Space completes longest day challenge for charity

Despite encountering large numbers of bulls and having to change clothes in the middle of a field, the team from the Space Group completed an all-day triathlon to mark the longest day of the year to raise money for local charity Allsorts.

Space Group, based in Barnwood, asked its team to take part in any of the three segments of its Longest Day Challenge or get involved with supporting the participants. On 20 June the team started in Dymock at 8am with a 10km off-road walk through the Cotswolds, before a 50km bike ride, and a 19km paddle down the River Wye in two-man boats.

The money is still rolling in from sponsors but stands at £2,800 and once collected it will go to help Stroud-based Allsorts support families across Gloucestershire who have children with disabilities and additional needs by providing youth clubs, family trips, inclusive sports, specialist equipment and much more.

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“There were a few interesting moments on the walk, one of which was finding ourselves caught in the middle of a field full of bullocks – not a position you find yourself in on a daily basis!” said Danny Daniels from Space, PA to CEO Mike Mellor.

“Having completed the walk in about 2 hours, those of us cycling the 50km route got changed behind hay bales in the middle of fields ready for a rather hilly cycle to Hoarwithy. Despite the very challenging six or seven hills we began and finished as a team,” she explained.

The cyclists then met canoeing colleagues and took to the water.

“The following few hours paddling down the River Wye was a great way to finish the challenge,” said Daniels. “The scenery along the way was breathtaking and everyone thoroughly enjoyed themselves although there were a few sore shoulders afterwards.”

The group ended their day with a barbecue at The Royal Oak in Prestbury.

“Despite feeling shattered, we were even able to have a skittles match which was great fun. We had the most fantastic day and raised a fantastic amount for charity as well,” she added.

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