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Local teams success in gruelling national charity race

A team of four employees from one of Bedford's largest employers, Movianto UK, has finished first in the gruelling annual fundraising event, The Great Lakeland Challenge.

Held in the Lake District a fortnight ago, the challenge was in aid of The Wooden Spoon Society which raises money to improve the quality of life for disadvantaged children and young people throughout the UK and Ireland. The contestants canoed 10.5 miles across Lake Windermere, the longest lake in England, cycled the steepest pass (Hardknott and Wrynose) and climbed Scafell, England's highest peak, all in a time limit of 12 hours.

Movianto's team completed the event in an unbeatable 7 hours 53 minutes having overtaken the last few teams ahead of them in the final stage. The team consisted of three athletes, Nic Ocean, Carl Lane, Terry Thorpe and support driver Ms Vic Royle. Despite falls, cuts and bruises and even a puncture on the support car, the team battled through and crossed the finishing line in first place.

Nic Ocean explains, “We had a certain amount of trepidation with the canoeing following our training weekend where we had managed two
capsizes within a very short space of time but we made it across Windermere on the day, although we were well down the field. We started to make up ground during the cycling stage despite a few untimely diversions and it all came together at the finish. It was a fantastic day and we thoroughly enjoyed the experience. I would like to thank everyone who has sponsored us both personally and those clients of Movianto which also supported the cause including Jungheinrich, Seven Group, Lighting Packages, Remdex and Adz.”

So far more than £12 million has been invested by The Wooden Spoon Society in approximately 150 projects benefiting 300,000 children, young people and their families. For further information on how you can help and support disadvantaged children and young people in the UK, visit www.justgiving.com/movianto or www.woodenspoon.com.

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