When it comes to taking on extreme physical challenges on the lakes and fells of South Lakeland perhaps one would not normally associate that with a firm of largely desk , screen and keyboard bound Solicitors.
Nonetheless on 12th October members of the Temple Heelis team completed their fourth such challenge in 15 months.
In that time we have rowed getting on for 80 miles (up and down Lake Windermere), run around the southern fells for about 60 miles, and even thrown in a road cycling race for good measure.
Led on by the enthusiasm and determination of some of our younger team ,the majority of our 30 or so staff have pushed themselves well and truly out of any comfort zone, and into some distinctly uncomfortable places.
Despite enduring a range of pulled muscles , copious numbers of blisters, very sore limbs and extremities (and even one broken arm) ,we have raced against teams of Accountants, Architects, a Building Society , as well as teams from firms making items as diverse as teenage clothing and submarines.
Results have been good and our latest outing saw us placed a creditable third out of six, beaten only by a University rowing team and a team from a multi-national (with a staff pool of tens of thousands).
All of this has been possible via our engagement with The Brathay Trust , of Ambleside and as well as having several memorably uncomfortable days , we have also been able to take part in events that have raised thousands of pounds for the Trust to extend its’ engagement with young people, in particular.