Hard to believe it in the current heat we’re experiencing, but a couple of weekends ago, some employees of ours took part in a yearly Lawnet Challenge and encountered some rather wet weather! Peter Jones, our Business Development Manager has written up their story:
“This year, 11 adventurous (by which I mean crazy) representatives of Breeze & Wyles and Breezeplus+ Legal Services ventured up to the Lake District to take part in the annual Lawnet Challenge.
Around 2pm we were off! What a start! The sun was shining, the songs were playing on the radio and the banter was quick and fast between the passengers of the different cars… Our small convoy of 3 were zooming up the M11 with the intention of going via the M6 Toll road.
Clearly the banter was too much as one car continued down the M11 and missed the turning for the A14 which meant they had to go the A1/M route… Our convoy was down to 2 cars! We should have realised this might have been a sign for the rest of the weekend…
We all woke up to glorious RAIN! It would seem, unlike the rest of the country, this little area of the world would have solid rain for the whole day with gusts of winds up on top of the mountain ranges as strong as 50-60mph. I had a sudden realisation (and I’m sure others did too), that this is called a challenge for a reason and it wasn’t just a jolly walk in some lovely countryside with a nice pub at the end of it. Clearly, my training and carb re-loading, wasn’t quite as good an idea as I thought.
Because of the conditions that we were faced with, the organisers and guides decided that the original mapped out routes would not be possible. They would take us up an easier route first to see how the weather turns out, and then take us a more challenging route should we be able to.
At this early stage, the rain was coming down, but it wasn’t as bad as we thought it would be. It was continuous, but rather pleasant to walk in. Spirits were up and conversation aplenty. Soon the terrain got a little steeper and the group started to stretch out a bit. The rain continued, making it harder to hear each other talking due to the hoods getting in the way and the rain drumming down. Things were getting wetter and heads were dropping to concentrate on the terrain and where we were placing our feet, it was easy to lose your footing and slip!
We then went further up the range and ended up at a little walkers shack about halfway up towards Helvellyn (or somewhere near there… it all looked the same at this stage).
A few members of our team had to go back down to the hostel as they had reached the limits of their kit and were soaked through. The rest of us went further up towards the Helvellyn reservoir.
By 11.30 however, all the groups guides re-convened to decide what to do next. By this stage, the rain and wind had whipped up even more and everyone’s waterproof kit was no longer waterproof. It was at this stage, with boots filling with water, that we as a team decided it was time to head back. The weather was only going to get worse and the winds were already blowing some of group members off their feet.
The journey back down was just as tough as going up, nut with greater impact on the knees. Rocks were treacherously wet and what were small trickles of water on the track on the way up, were now turning into streams running down the mountains, even the sheep were looking dishevelled!
Eventually, we got back to the hostel, wrung out our socks and hung all our wet clothes in their “drying” room. A warm shower, lunch and some naps meant we were all back to ourselves again in the late afternoon, although even then our legs were getting sore and it was difficult to stand up after sitting down for any amount of time.
Hard to think we had only done half of the allotted walk, I was not looking forward to the drive back!
Thankfully, my fears were not founded. We woke up and had a hearty breakfast before waddling out to the cars like we were in a Western and “Saddling up” to head back home.
All in all, it was a great experience and we are already looking forward to next years challenge!”
By Peter Jones, BDM for Breeze & Wyles Solicitors Ltd