After successfully completing the Coniston Challenge last year, contracts manager Mark Walker thought it would be a great idea to rally a team of his fellow colleagues and enter again this year!  Interest has been so high at Barnfield we now have not one, but two teams entering the event on Saturday the 7th of July.

Taking part in the Challenge are:


Mark Walker, John Parkinson, Deborah Earnshaw, Jenny McAndrew, Dan Benson, Tony Quinn


Andrew Brown, Michael Stobbs, Tim O’Sullivan, Dave Shaw – RWL, Jack Belshaw, Paul Hesketh – PH Electrical

The teams will tackle land and lake before trekking 803 metres above sea level up the Old Man of Coniston, which is the twelfth most prominent mountain in England!

The first part of the challenge will begin by setting out on the 17km Mountain Bike challenge through the picturesque Grizedale Forest on a route that will never cease to surprise and delight even the most experienced riders.

The water section of the Coniston Challenge 2018 will see the team embark on a 3km kayak trial across Coniston Waters.

The third section of this unique triathlon is perhaps the most prestigious. A 10km trek to the summit of the Old Man of Coniston towering dramatically over Coniston Village with views over Morecambe Bay and Blackpool Tower (weather permitting).

Despite the prospect of completing a distance of over 30km and climbed the equivalent of the Empire State Building TWICE, here’s how the team is currently feeling:

Mark Walker “Having completed the challenge last year it was so much fun so I really can’t wait to do it again this year.”

John Parkinson “I’m hoping I survive at my age!”

Andrew Brown “Really excited about the Kayak challenge and feeling like Bear Grylls on an action holiday.”

Dave Shaw “Can’t wait!”

Debbie Earnshaw “Excited for the challenge”

Tony Quinn “Can’t wait for the challenge and looking forward to a weekend away from the kids!”

Michael Stobbs “It’s an exciting challenge.  Coniston is my second favourite place so to be able to do something like this is brilliant.”

Paul Hesketh “Genuinely looking forward to it.  I’ve always wanted to do an activity race and the fact it’s for charity is even better.”

Jenny McAndrew “I’m looking forward to it, apart from coming down the hill on my mountain bike!  It terrifies me!!”

Jack Belshaw “Let’s have it!”

Tim O’Sullivan “Go big or go home.”

The Coniston Challenge is a unique event that not only pushes physical prowess but also fundraising talents!  Each team (so in our case two!) needs to raise at least £1500 to take part in this exhilarating challenge to conquer Coniston.  The charity organising the event is one close to our hearts here at Barnfield Construction, which is Alder Hey Children’s Hospital.

As you can see from the photo and the team’s comments, they are all eager to complete the challenge.  We would be extremely grateful for any donations to help them take part in what is sure to be a fantastic event.

The link to donate to the teams is  –

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