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Snowdonia Challenge

A team of employees at Cummins Mellor are completing the Snowdonia Challenge in July 2012.

The Snowdonia Charity Challenge is a hugely popular team challenge set in the stunning Snowdonia National Park. Teams of four are challenged to cycle 40 miles, climb Snowdon and canoe Lake Gwynant to raise funds to support men and women paralysed in sporting accidents.

Follow the team’s blog to see how their training is going along the way

Here is what they have been up to so far…

3rd March 2012

The team walked up Pendle Hill with their dogs and had soup and sandwiches at the Pendle Inn


10th March 2012

Dinner at the Inn at Whitwell




The first practice bike ride the team did was from Mitton to Whitewell (16 miles) starting at 9am from Mitton Hall. The team were fantastic, it was hard and raining but they were rewarded with hot chocolate and toast at the Inn at Whitewell half way round.  Jodie also then decided to extend her mileage by completing another 14 miles on Sunday- go Jodie go!




31st March 2012

The Snowdonia Challengers next walk was a gruelling 13 miles, conquering the 7 fells of Coniston in just over 7 hours.  Alice and Jodie were absolutely amazing climbing the following mountains and heights in this order:

  • Weatherlam 2502 ft
  • Swirl Hause 2630 ft
  • Great Carrs 2575 ft
  • Grey Friar 2536 ft
  • Coniston Old Man 2633 ft
  • Dow Crag 2555ft
  • Brown Pike 2237ft
  • When you think that Pendle Hill is 1800 ft you get the kind of day it was for them


6th April 2012Top of Helvelyn 2012

The team then climbed Helvellyn -the 4th highest mountain in England on Good Friday.

They set off at 6am to travel to Penrith for 2 hours up the M6. Then they started climbing the 3500 metre monster at 8am from Thirlmere.  The weather, whilst dull to start, was clear and fine until about 3000 feet then the clouds came as well as the wind and you couldn’t see in front of your face but the girls did brilliant and conquered the mountain in just under 4 hours despite freezing biting wind at the top.



15th and 22nd April 2012

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The CMR challengers have now rode twice a 24-mile route in the beautiful Ribble Valley starting at the Corporation Arms Longridge and cycling through Stoneyhurst, Mitton Bashall Eaves, Chipping and Longridge- They were brilliant and deserved a much-needed pint in the Corporation Arms on completion! Sammy thought they were only doing 10miles on arrival at the car park so was in for a shocker but they did it and all got through. Pace is definitely speeding up now, confidence downhill and experience climbing the hills using the gears is all very obvious to see. Well done girls, you were all once again…BRILLIANT.



Michelle, Alice, Sammy and Jodie


Saturday 28th April

Alice, Jodie, Sammy and Caroline did their biggest cycle yet! 30 miles throughout the Ribble Valley starting from the Ribchester Arms, with no stops for a hot chocolate or cake this time! It was very tough and the wind was against them which made it twice as hard but they made it and without a doubt was the hardest cycle yet.


The team at the top of Pendle

The team at the top of Pendle

Saturday 5th May

The team met at the Barley Car park at 10am, it took 3 hours to complete the walk up Pendle hill, which is approximately 7 miles. It was a good training session to get them prepared for next week – where the team will be doing 2 of the 3 peaks!!

As you can see from the training so far this is a going to take a lot of persistence and hard work but they are doing so fantastic and doing a great job raising money for a very worthy cause.


Wednesday 16th May

Alice, Jodie and Sammy completed a 7-mile bike ride after work, starting in Accrington they cycled along the canal to Altham, then through to Huncoat, finishing back at the office.

Saturday 26th May

As the temperatures hit the high 20’s and most of us were sunbathing…….

Alice and Michelle completed a gruelling 10-mile walk on the Fairfield Horseshoe.  Setting off from Ambleside and taking in;  Low Pike, High Pike, Dove Crag, Hart Crag, Fairfield, Great Rigg, Heron Pike and Nab Scar – a height gain of 3443ft!   The easterly wind on top was so strong they were nearly blown off.  The girls did a great time of 5.25 hrs

Alice getting blown away!

Alice getting blown away!

Sunday 27th May

On Sunday in the heat of the sun the team cycled from Blackpool to Accrington – a 40-mile  cycle! It got extremely hot along the journey and the climb out of Ribchester, Whally and Clayton finished them off – almost!  A well-earned drink  at the Hare and Hounds was much deserved at the finish.









Saturday 9th June

The team embarked on a 20mile cycle around the base of Pendle hill.  Setting off at 10am from Barley Car Park they began the gruelling uphill struggle into Downham. Passing through Worston, on to the  A59 cycle route to Sabden

It was at this low point in the cycle when they realised they had ran out of jelly babies!  Jodie was close to tears! I think we can forgive her as she had just come back from 2 weeks in an all-inclusive resort in Turkey!

Arriving back at Barley Car Park 5 hours later! The team headed off for a vodka in the Pendle Inn!


Saturday 16th June

Caroline, Sammy, Jodie and Michelle all climbed Ingleborough on Saturday, in the pouring rain! As they climbed the highest mountain in the Yorkshire Dales (2514 feet) the rain continued to pour down and both Sammy and Caroline’s walking boots leaked, so they spent most of the walk soaked and feeling very sorry for themselves… Despite the rain, wind and cold the guys completed the 10-mile walk in just under 5 hours!

Great practice for the big day…. 3 weeks to go now!

The girls and Charlie at the top of Inglebourgh











Thursday 28th June

Team Snowdonia hosted a charity night to raise funds towards the challenge.

All the girls at Cummins Mellor invited family and friends and enjoyed a night of wine, nibbles, beauty and fashion!

Poze Boutique, Clitheroe kindly brought along a beautiful selection of dresses, tops and accessories for everyone to try on.  Several happy customers made purchases! Karen and Louise from Poze also generously donated vouchers for raffle prizes.

Cummins Mellor team complete Snowdonia challenge

Eveyone loved the clothes and accessories from Poze!


Danielle from Ingleneuk Beauty salon, Salesbury demonstrated makeup techniques with Bare Minerals makeup and a few of the girls got a makeover! Ingleneuk kindly donated vouchers and a spray tan for the raffle.

Cummins Mellor team complete Snowdonia challenge

Sammy enjoying her makeover







Other fantastic prizes in the raffle included a meal for two at the Clog and Billycock in Pleasington. A hair cut by John Thornber at Amanda Eastwood Hair, Clitheroe. Wine, Food hamper and Hair products.


A fun night was had by all and most importantly the night helped raise more funds towards the Snowdonia Challenge which the girls will complete next Saturday, 7th July! Not long now girls! You are going to be fantastic!

Saturday 30th June

The girls braved the rain… yet again and completed a 25-mile circular route cycling around Longridge and Chipping. They have all purchased equipment ready for the challenge on Saturday including: Survival blanket, whistle and puncture repair kit.  Lets hope they don’t need to use any of it during the challenge but best to be prepared!


Cummins Mellor team complete Snowdonia challenge

Caroline’s broken camel pack!


Tuesday 2nd July

Part of the challenge involves canoeing across Lake Gwynant.  So the team went to brush up on their rowing skills at Clitheroe Canoe Club.   The canoeing section should take around 30mins on the day but that’s on top of the 40-mile cycling and climbing Snowdon!

Cummins Mellor team complete Snowdonia challenge








Friday 6th July

As Team Cummins Mellor set off to Snowdon they were a tad concerned by all the flooded roads! After a longer than expected journey, they arrived at their base at Caernarfon safe and sound.  That evening they attended a briefing, meeting the Regain team and all the other participants.  The video of the route and safety warnings did nothing to allay their fears about the enormity of the challenge ahead…. The girls headed back to their beds in a state of panic!


Saturday 7th July – The day of the challenge!

Up at 5am, they loaded up all the gear and cycles and made their way to Llanberis to register at the start line and grab a hot coffee and a bacon sandwich prior to their allotted start time of 7.36am.

Ready to go….


The first 20 miles cycle was not as painful as they had feared, with some amazing views across to Anglesey and no rain.  After a very steep uphill climb, they arrived at the base camp for the climb up Snowdon. Regain provided snacks and drinks, they quickly sorted the gear for the climb and off they went!


The route up Snowdon was very rocky and made more difficult by teams ahead (those serious athletic men in the main) running back down after having completed their climb. The higher they went the mistier it was and at some points, it was pretty scary.

The team reach the top of Snowdon

They made it in one piece then began the steep climb down, at a rate of knots as they knew they had to be quick in order to make the canoe section.


At the base of Snowdon they did another quick change and got back on their bikes for another 10miles cycle. Without a doubt, the easiest and most pleasant cycle of the course, gentle downhill’s, no steep hills and 10 miles passed in the blink of an eye.


They arrived at Lake Gwynant ready to canoe.  I think it is fair to say that the canoe section took them by surprise, it was far longer than they had imagined and the wind made steering back to shore very difficult for the girls. Instead of the anticipated 30 minutes, it took 50 minutes to get around the Lake with Michelle and Richard wondering if they had stopped off for a spot of fishing!



Canoeing done, they got back on the bikes to finish the final 10 miles back to the finish line. A steep, rocky 2.5miles climb in heat was followed by a cycle round to the top of the hill. Then began the 5mile downhill section, they had been warned to be careful on this section as there had been accidents on that stretch before. It was pretty hair-raising, windy steep downhill roads with cars whizzing past, but the end was in sight!


Alice, Jodie, Sammy, Caroline and Michelle arrived at the finish line after 7pm. It had taken a total of 11 hours 26 minutes but they made it! A glass of champagne, a medal and a sit down were most welcome! At the awards ceremony that night they were surprised and delighted to have won the award for best team spirit! They felt so well supported throughout the course with family cheering them on along the way. Michelle Mellor joined the team for all of the cycles and the climbing of Snowdon, with Richard Mellor joining us on the Snowdon climb, they felt encouraged every step of the way. The Regain team were fantastic and provided snacks/drinks and lots of enthusiasm.


All in all, it was a fantastic experience for the team, they are understandably very proud of themselves and some members of the team are already planning on entering next year!



If you would like to support the girls and donate to this fantastic cause please follow this link, every donation will be greatly received.


Cummins Mellor team complete Snowdonia challenge


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