“We did it!” – that’s the triumphant message from InterManager Secretary General Captain Kuba Szymanski after his team completed the gruelling 24Peak Challenge to raise funds for maritime charity Seafarers’ UK.
Together they braved heavy rain and wind for 27hrs and seven minutes to climb 24 peaks in the UK’s Lake District region.
An exhausted but pleased Kuba said: ”The weather was absolutely the worst ever. We had 27hrs and six minutes of heavy rain and wind and our team got thoroughly soaked. Navigation was very challenging with visibility down to 20-40 yards. Then, in the last one minute of our walk, the sun came out – completely out of the blue!”
The InterManager team, which included staff from maritime companies Seagull, Headland Media and the Nautical Institute, was one of only five teams to complete the weekend challenge. Led by Kuba Szymanski, the team comprised Jennifer Crowther, Anthony Royle, Regina Bindao, Bjarke Jakobsen and Hannah Merton.
Set in the UK’s picturesque Lake District, the 24 Peaks Challenge is a two day trial over a walking distance of 31 miles which tests participants’ endurance and physical strength to the limit as they encounter difficult terrain, lengthy ascents and steep descents along the way.
To date the InterManager team’s fundraising efforts have raised nearly £7,000 for Seafarers’ UK – a leading maritime charity which provides support to seafarers from the Royal Navy, the Merchant Navy and fishing fleets and their dependants.
Kuba explained their motivation: “All of our companies have a long history in providing services to the maritime industry and owe a great debt to those who live, or whose loved ones have lived, the hard life at sea.”
He added: “It’s a tough challenge and a great charity! Everyone did very well. We flew the InterManager flag very high indeed!”
The team members are still collecting money and if you would like to show your support please donate online at: http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/team/InterManager.org