At 04:50 am on Saturday morning, June 19, members of PING Europe’s management team including, Managing Director, John Clark teed-off at Eskdale Golf Club, marking the beginning of a unique walking challenge that raised over £18,000 for the Lake District Search and Mountain Rescue Association.
After completing the 18-holes the group immediately embarked on what was to be an extremely demanding Lakeland fell walk that saw them tackle 44 miles over 2 days culminating in a charity golf tournament at the picturesque Keswick Golf Club on Sunday, June 20.
If this task wasn’t hard enough already, each member of the team also carried a full set of golf clubs plus food and water on their backs the entire way! En-route they scaled over 10,000 feet of climbing via Scafell Pike (the highest point in England) and Helvellyn (3rd highest point in England) as well as 20 other recognised peaks.
After walking for over 26 hours with only 3 hours sleep the triumphant party were met at Keswick Golf Club by a cheering crowd of supporters including, members of the LDSMRA, members of the golf industry, friends and family.
Whilst handing over a cheque to the LDSMRA on behalf of a tired PING team John Clark, Managing Director, PING Europe said, “This was undoubtedly the hardest physical challenge that any of us have ever undertaken. We are hugely proud of the amount of money that has been raised for this worthy cause and we would like to thank all of our supporters who helped us achieve our goal.”
“It really was a tremendous effort by all of the team, it has to be the equivalent of doing the Three Peaks Challenge twice, back-to-back,” commented Richard Warren, Chairman of the LDSMRA. “As a volunteer organisation we truly appreciate the money raised by PING as it will assist us greatly in the work we do.”
GBN readers who would like to support the PING challenge can donate in one of the following ways:
Either make a convenient and secure credit card donation, go to the ‘Just Giving’ website
Or send a cheque made payable to LDSAMRA to:
Ping Europe Limited
Left – The PING Team on the summit of Scafell Pike: L to R: Pete Brown, Steve Carter, Dave Fanning, Phil Craghill, Tim Jenkins, James Turnbull, John Clark and Paul Jenkinson
Right – John Clark presenting cheque to Richard Warren along with rest of the team: