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Warm conditions for Rowrunner 2022

On Saturday 4 July, two teams from BAE Systems were joined by two teams from Industry 13 gym in Barrow-in-Furness and a fifth team, ‘Dales Whalers’, to compete in the 9th RowRunner event on Windermere. The event involves rowing over 20 miles on Windermere, with team members running up the fells of Latterbarrow, Gummers How and Wansfell before racing back to the finish line at Brathay Hall.

RowRunner raises funds to support Brathay Trust’s Focus on Furness Appeal to help children and young people in the area who face challenging circumstances.

“This is event is a fantastic fundraiser for our work in Barrow. We worked throughout the pandemic to support young people and families through lockdown, offering mental health support, activity ideas and running sessions around wellbeing. It’s such a crucial time to keep the support going and fundraisers such as this enable us continue to help individuals and families,” said Sarah Cubiss, delivery Manager.

Teams set off at 09.30am in very warm conditions, successfully navigating a busy Windermere and tackling the rough terrain of the fells.

Dales Whalers and Industry 13 were only one minute apart at the end of the first rowing leg. Dales Whalers then started to pull ahead with strong running and rowing to win the event in 06:23 mins. Industry 13 (Minions) held on to second place finishing in 6:46, with Industry 13 (A Star) third in 7:22. Fourth and fifth places went to the BAE teams finishing in 7:44 and 8:33. All teams completed the course with team members receiving a slate RowRunner medal.

Neil Doherty, Corporate Social Responsibility Manager for BAE Systems, joined the teams at their celebration dinner and presented the winners’ trophy to Sam Tierney of Dales Whalers. Everyone is now looking forward to the 10th edition of RowRunner taking place on 15th July 2023.