A team from Calne’s Elm Workspace, and its sister company The Essex Group, braved blisters and searing temperatures in the Cotswold Way Challenge on 24th-25th June.
The team took part in the event for STAR Scheme, walking 100km in 24 hours without sleep, to raise money to help young people overcome the impact of multiple Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs).
The STAR Scheme’s mission is to use the sport of rugby to make a material difference in the lives of young people who have suffered adverse childhood experiences, poverty or mental health issues..
On completing the challenge, Daren Spencer, Managing Director, said, “We DID IT! And it was brutal.
“On Saturday, our team participated in the 100k Cotswold Ultra Challenge after months of training. It was tough, but every person who took part did extremely well, and we couldn’t be more proud of our achievements.
“We raised over £6,000 for the STAR Scheme charity. With every £10k raised, we’re able to welcome another junior rugby club on board, and we’re incredibly grateful to have made such a huge contribution towards opening the next club.
“Our journey may be over, but we’re still accepting donations and would love to hit the £10k mark. With your support, we know we can make a difference!”
The STAR Scheme aims to help young people build resilience through forging trusted relationships with adults. It provides everything young people and their families need to engage with the sport, including kit and transport.
It also collaborates with grassroots clubs to offer specialised training to ensure that the adults are well-informed and equipped to provide the necessary support and space for the young individuals. Every £10k raised enables another junior rugby club to join the cause.
The team participating in the challenge included Daren Spencer, Richard Hofen and Liam Spencer from Elm Workspace, Shannon Rodgers from Essex Group, and Daren’s nephews Josh and Matt Cainey.
The Cotswold Way Ultra Challenge started in Cirencester and followed a 100km looped route through the heart of the Cotswolds, offering a breathtaking backdrop for participants to test their limits amidst rolling hills, picturesque villages, and the scenic Cotswold Way footpaths and trails.