Race the SunPakawaste Limited, the UK’s market leader in the manufacture and supply of waste handling equipment recently supported Roy Potter and Richard Harding, members of the Pakawaste design team, in their successful attempt to ‘Race the Sun’.Roy and Richard completed the challenging Lakeland triathlon style event with friends and fellow adventure seekers Mike and Dave on Saturday 3rd September 2011, raising money for Action Medical Research, a charity dedicated to helping improve the lives of babies and children in the UK.

This exciting event for teams of four is held annually in the magnificent setting of the Lake District. It’s a cycle, climb, canoe challenge that is now in its 9th year. Teams start the challenge at sunrise and attempt to finish by sunset – racing the sun! They cycle a total of approximately 50 miles (80kms), hike to the summit of England’s second highest mountain – Helvellyn at 3,116ft (950m) and canoe a 2.5 mile (4kms) course on Thirlmere, completing the course in the fastest time possible between sunrise and sunset.

The ‘Crash Test Dummies Team’ (Roy, Richard, Mike and Dave) prepared for the event with weekend mountain bike rides around Rivington Pike, Darwin Tower and Beacon Fell. They focused on a lot of cross training most other days for the last 3 months before the event, which included running, cycling, swimming, football, squash and fell walking. Whatever the magic formula, the training certainly paid off with the four man team managing a remarkable 10th position out of 74 teams, despite all participants being hampered by inclement weather.

Roy Potter of Pakawaste commented, “We have a great team spirit and were determined to raise as much as we could for Action Medical Research. We have had great support from colleagues at Pakawaste, friends and family both with sponsorship and during the months of preparation”.

Richard Harding added, “We really had fun with this and kept fit as well but the charity work and finding initiatives to support is very important to us. Knowing you’re raising money for a good cause is a real motivator. Who knows what’s next?”

However, it wasn’t all plain sailing – they faced none stop rain from start to finish with gusting winds of up to 50mph on Helvellyn. Mike and Dave fell out of their canoe whilst attempting a turn at the halfway point on the Thirlmere canoe course and Roy went ‘off piste’ on a bridleway when his brakes failed due to mud on the rims and ended up in the undergrowth.

Thankfully no-one was seriously injured and the team are delighted to have raised approximately £2000 to date, but it’s not over yet. If you would like to help the ‘Crash Test Dummies Team’ fundraising activities for the Action Medical Research you can still make donations at http://www.action.org.uk/sponsor/crashtestdummies.