Two Healix teams led by Healix directors Dr Paul Beven and Dr Peter Mason successfully completed the gruelling challenge to raise more than £4000 for Action Medical Research.
The event took place on Saturday 2nd September amongst severe weather warnings and torrential rain. The course consisted of a 21 mile cycle ride with 5 miles off road, followed by an ascent of Helvellyn (England's second highest Mountain) in winds gusting up to 80mph. This was followed by canoeing across Thirlmere lake before a 26 mile cycle ride to the finish in Penrith. ‘The Aztecs' led by Dr Peter Mason completed the course in 9 hours 25 minutes and were followed home by ‘The Incas' in 11.5 hours. The delay partially caused by a few minor mechanical problems with a bicycle and canoe handling incidents involving a couple of brief swims in Thirlmere lake!
All team members survived (just) and would like to sincerely thank all of our sponsors and supporters without whom it would have been impossible to achieve.
If you haven't yet submitted your sponsorship this can be done online at
or post your donation to:
15 Castle Mews
Hampton TW12 2NP
(cheques made payable to Action Medical Research)
The Aztecs & The Incas
(L-R: Steph Harris, Rupert Harris, Chris Vaughan, Jane Kennet, John Pugh, Peter Mason, Paul Beven, Andrew Benc, Russell Smith)
The summit of Helvellyn (allegedly)
(L-R Russell Smith, John Pugh, Peter Mason)