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Mercury Mendip Challenge 2012

08.06.2012 | Staff Stories

Today we have a guest blog from Matt-Ryan, our Mountain Warehouse manager from Weston-Super-Mare about a fundraising challenge himself and two other MW staff members are participating in, The Mercury Mendip Challenge 2012.


Mendip Challenge

Matt-Ryan on the Ebbor Steps

This Sunday, three members of the Weston Mountain Warehouse store will be participating in the annual Mercury Mendip challenge. The Mendip Challenge is a local walking challenge which begins in Wells and finishes in uphill Weston-Super-Mare. The event follows the main route of the west Mendip ways and is split up into three distances; 10 Miles, 20 Miles and the ‘Big One’ – the 30 Mile.

This will be a return year for myself, Matt-Ryan Mitchell, the manager of the Weston store and James Royle, one of our sales assistants, where we both participated and successfully completed the 30 Mile challenge in 2011. This year, Kristy Lawton will also be participating in the 10 Mile challenge and hopes to move onto the 20 Mile route next year.

The 10 Mile Challenge

The 10 Mile challenge begins at Kings’ Wood near Winscombe, and leads towards local landmark, Crook Peak where you proceed uphill to the challenge end. This route is ideal for beginners, and those looking for a short fun challenge with great views.

The 20 Mile Challenge

For those looking for more of a challenge, the 20 Mile route option would be your next choice. This distance begins at Cheddar Gorge, and takes in some great scenery of the surrounding land, before leading you towards the 10 Mile starting point, and then walking the 10 Mile challenge route.

The 30 Mile Challenge

Beginning at the Wells Blues School, the walk takes you to Arthur’s Point, allowing you to take in fantastic views, including the Glastonbury Tower. From Arthur’s Point, the walk takes you through Wookey Hole and then proceeds onto Cheddar via Draycott. From Cheddar you then meet with the 20 Mile challenge, and continue along the West Mendip way. The reward for the 30 mile challenge is excellent views and scenery, as well as participating in a challenge that very few people can say they have completed.

The Extra Mile

If 30 miles isn’t enough, you can literally go “the extra mile.” The extra mile is an optional mile added to all routes. There is no requirement to walk the extra mile but for most who have walked 30 miles, what’s 1 extra mile?

At the end of all challenges, successful walkers are rewarded with a completion medal to commemorate their achievement as well with a much deserved rest!

Upon completing the challenge in 2011, we contacted Weston Hospice to tell them how much we had enjoyed the event, and asked where we could sign-up for the 2012 challenge. Since contacting Weston Hospice, we’ve also discussed how we can best work together to further advertise the Mercury Mendip Challenge, as well as helping to raise money for a good cause. As the sign-up fee to join the walk is £7.50 which only funds the event itsself, Weston Hospice encourages all participants to raise donations as well.

The Weston Mountain Warehouse store has set-up a JustGiving page in the hope that customers, friends and family will make donations, and help them to achieve their £300 target.

To donate via text, simply text HIKE98 £x to 70070, replacing the x with an amount between £1 and £10. Texts only cost 1 standard message from your provider plus your donation amount.

Our Weston MW Mercury Mendip Challenge 2012 team will be following up from this guest post with photos and a report of this year’s challenge. Additionally, we’ve also put together a range of walking and equipment tips for this year’s challengers for the Mercury Mendip Challenge blog.

This year’s Mercury Mendip Challenge event is now closed, but if you are interested in participating in 2013, you can contact the Weston Hospice via their website or come along to the finishing point this Sunday 11th June and have a chat to the walkers who have completed this year’s challenge.

The Weston Hospice was founded with the vision for palliative care in Weston-Super-Mare, and the neighbouring villages. Their vision was to have nurses and trained volunteers visit patients’ homes, offering support for those living with life-limiting illnesses.

Today the hospice has a chain of 16 charity shops, with nearly 500 volunteers helping to run their local shops. They rely heavily on donations and local events designed to raise awareness and funds.

Good luck to our fantastic Weston MW employees and all of our customers who are taking part in the Mercury Mendip Challenge 2012.