After winning 1st and 3rd place out of the 29 teams that took part in 2018, Barnfield Construction is doubling up and entering 4 teams for the Coniston Challenge this year.

Last year the two teams of 6 raised a phenomenal £8,000, of which £3000 was donated by Barnfield Construction, for Alder Hey Hospital.

Andrew Brown, Senior Estimator said, “We’re hoping to top the £10,000 scale this year!”

The four teams of 6 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 2019 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 (maybe even the Barnfield crane in Blackpool too!).

Despite the prospect of completing a distance of over 30km and climbed the equivalent of the Empire State Building TWICE the teams are feeling revved up and ready for the challenge!

The Coniston Challenge is a unique event that not only pushes physical prowess but also fundraising talents!  Each team (so in our case four!) 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 photos, 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 teams taking part are:

Barnfield Barmy Army – Dan Benson, Sam Hesketh, Jenny McAndrew, John Parkinson, Mark Cocker & Rob Bell.

Barnfield Bandits – Dave Shaw, Paul Hesketh, Ryan Belshaw, Steve Gibbons, Terry Robbins & Tim O’Sullivan.

Barnfield Elite – Andrew Couper, Andrew Brown, Jonathan Nixon, Michael Stobbs, Natalie Grime & Sarah Howorth.

Barnfield Bikes – Annabel Lewis, Dave Shaw, Joe Webber, Natalie Bond, John Wilcock & Tony Quinn.

Here’s what some of the team have to say ahead of the challenge:

Andrew Brown, Senior Estimator – “I’ve got a Suspicious Mind about this challenge, but the great charity is Always on My Mind and I’m sure if I Follow That Dream and the conditions Don’t Be Cruel, I can leave you All Shook Up!”

Jonathan Nixon, Estimator – “It’s a fantastic opportunity to challenge myself amongst the most breath-taking scenery this country has to offer, and all for a good cause. It’s a privilege to be taking part.”

Rob Bell, Quantity Surveyor – “ Taking part as a late replacement last year I was a little apprehensive at first but it was a huge amount of fun and for a fantastic cause, Hopefully, this year I will spend more time in the kayak than out of it. Let’s do it..!! ”

Natalie Bond, Sales Manager – “I’m ready to burn some rubber off my trainers!  All for a good cause.”

Annabel Lewis, Receptionist – “Excited but nervous for the challenge! I hope there’s a large gin at the end waiting for me”

Sarah Howorth, Receptionist “It’s my first time doing this sort of challenge, so I’m feeling apprehensive but very excited to be taking part!!”

Steve Gibbons, Site Manager – “I can’t swim!”

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