The IT Coast 2 Coast Challenge for Whizz-Kidz has been completed

Congratulations to the IT Department for completing the 149 miles as part of their Coast 2 Coast Challenge to raise money for partner charity Whizz-Kidz. 13 Riders started at Whitehaven and 149 miles later 13 returned home to Sunderland fit and well.

Rod, IT Network Support Team Leader and C2C challenge team leader gave us an insight into the weekend’s events,

“The three day trip was fantastic, the weather was spot on, team spirit was great and our support was 1st class thanks to Dom and Deborah in the support vans. We could not have done it without you. Many thanks for the drinks, homemade shortbread (thanks Dom) and scotch eggs (a well-known long distance food source) over the three days.Without your support this trip would not have been possible.”

The Route:

Day 1: Whitehaven to Pernrith

Day 2: Penrith to Allenheads

Day 3: Allenheads to Sunderland

As the route covered many miles the team had to stop and take planned breaks along the way, lucky for them they were able to enjoy the fantastic scenery including the beautiful countryside which the team described as “amazing”. The route did have its struggles, in particular the up hills however, the 40mph down hills made up for this and managed to put a smile on all faces. All photos shown on this page were taken by the team themselves.

Allen, our Network Support Specialist was a true sport and dressed up in all green Whizz-Kidz colours for the last day to gain as much attention for our partner charity and also we heard to ensure he was easy to find!

The IT department have raised a fantastic amount of money so far, an impressive £4,900 currently all for Whizz-Kidz, every penny raised will go towards the purchase of a motorised wheel chair for a child with mobility difficulties. On behalf of the team, “Thank you to all our donators … Our efforts and your generosity WILL make a difference.”