On a windy day in July twenty-eight staff, family and friends took part in the sponsored Challenge Valley experience and raised just under £500 for SCAN in the process.
Here’s report from one of them, Justin Edwards of the International Division:
Clyne Farm Centre, on the beautiful Gower Peninsula, describes its "Challenge Valley" as "The Muddiest Assault Course in the World!" Two days and many showers after completing the course I, along with a group of my colleagues from Cardiff University agree with the description!
Lots of staff from a variety of Divisions took part; some bringing members of their family and friends to join in the mud-fest! Three people represented the International Development Division: Louise Morris; Louise's partner, Lee Brown and me. Between the 3 of us, we raised £280 for SCAN; £60 of which came from INTER. We're proud to say that we won the competition for "muddiest team"!
We thought we had a pretty good idea what to expect after seeing the web-site but it does not compare to the reality of having to wade through rivers of dark, smelly, oozing mud. The actual course is geared for all ages and abilities. If you're thinking about not taking part because of your level of fitness - don't worry! Even the fittest, strongest people had difficulty not slipping and falling off one (or, like me, ALL) of the obstacles.
The staff there are very friendly and helpful from the time you arrive, through the warm up exercises (where you get very up close and personal with your colleagues), to the actual course.
As you can see by the pics, we certainly earned our money, but it was worth all the cuts, bruises, caked on mud and smelling of poo for 2 days after. A few of my colleagues have been back to Clyne Farm, taking their children and friends.
We all had an enjoyable time there raising money for good causes, meeting new colleagues and laughing at them making a fool of themselves... when can we arrange the next visit?!