Rogers & Norton News

Race the Sun

Thursday, September 10, 2015

Rogers and Norton as well as it staff loves a charitable cause.  This August bank holiday one of our staff, Kerry Rowell, a solicitor from our Matrimonial Department, undertook an event for Action Medical Research for Children, called Race the Sun.  This is an annual event in which teams of 4 must compete to complete a gruelling day of cycling, mountain climbing and canoeing.  The charity funds research projects for children, in particular their current projects include a test for premature births, muscular dystrophy medicines and technologies and cochlea implants.  The charity funded the cure for polio vaccines and also ultrasound technology.  

Kerry’s story is below……

The day started at 5.30am with a safety briefing before a relatively pleasant 6am cycle ride for 25 miles to the foot of the Helvellyn range.  At this point we were in about 6th place which for an all girls team was pretty good going.  A short stop to change into Mountain gear and we were off to climb over 950ft to the summit of Helvellyn.  We faced a pretty vertical climb as we were assured this was the shortest route.  By the time we approached the summit we were facing 30mph winds and heavy cloud.  There wasn’t long to rest in those conditions before the descent started.  At this point the conditions worsened with heavy rain.  This made the decent very tricky as the rocks were treacherous and as the mountain waterfalls became full there was a great deal of wading being done in the final mile or so back to base camp.  The climb took us around 5 hours, moral was low at this point but by the time we got back down spirits lifted and the sun came back out.  After this came a canoe across Lake Thirlmere.  It was a 2 mile effort, again, battling against the wind as it travelled through the valley, straight at us!  However, we had reached the final stage and this was another 25 mile cycle back to base camp.  In all on the cycling stage we ascended 3480.9ft and we descended £3490.8ft, which was pretty gruelling.  In all it took us over 11 hours to complete but was worth every moment as we raised over £2,000 for those children!

Kerry Rowell

Kerry Rowell (2nd from left)