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They did it! Challengers complete first training weekend

THIS weekend 27 determined and exhausted charity fundraisers completed their first ever training sessions for the LMAX Exchange Everest Rugby Challenge raising funds for the children’s charity of rugby, Wooden Spoon.

The LMAX Exchange Everest Rugby Challenge takes place across 24 days (13 April 2019 to 6 May 2019) and will see the group battle acclimatisation, heights of 6,500 metres to play the highest game of full contact rugby and the highest game of mixed gender touch rugby in history – aiming to raise £200,000 for Wooden Spoon.

On Friday evening, the challengers met in Ambleside in the Lake District for two full days of hill climbing to test their levels of fitness, meet their team mates, find out more about the expedition and to see the huge difference their fundraising will make to children and young people across the UK & Ireland with disabilities and facing disadvantage.

Everest training weekend Sept 2018

The training, which was led by expedition experts, Adventure Peaks started at 9am on Saturday 22 September with an eight hour hike of the Fairfield Horseshoe in Ambleside. Covering the Low Pike, High Pike, Dove Crag and Hart Crag and returning via Great Rigg and Heron Pike, the team took on approximately 3,000 feet of climbing. Day two then tested tired legs with a steep climb and descent at Stickle Tarn.

The team, led by expedition leader, Carrie Gibson, with support from team Captain and England Rugby superstar, Tamara Taylor included men and women ranging from their 20s to 70s, with various levels of fitness (including a wide range of former rugby injuries), stuck in, pushed each other through the difficult times and came through united and ready to take on Mount Everest next year.

LMAX Exchange Everest Rugby Challenge, Expedition Leader, Carrie Gibson said; “Acclimitisation is key at Everest which is why we take our time to make the ascent to where we will play the matches above Advanced Base Camp. Altitude sickness can be tough, and it is important to take things slowly so we can ensure the team arrive ready to play the game, healthy and fit.”

Challengers also learnt more about how Wooden Spoon will spend the £200,000 raised by the challenge. Juliette Gillard, who is managing the challenge for Wooden Spoon said; “By taking part in the LMAX Exchange Everest Rugby Challenge our challengers will be helping us towards our vision of ensuring every child and young person, no matter what their background, has access to the same opportunities, through the power of rugby.

“Their money could fund a range of projects from a children’s hospice bedroom, enabling exhausted parents to have much need sleep, knowing their poorly child is in safe hands or a it could fund a community project that helps support get young people, living in difficult circumstances get back into education, training or employment.”

Everest training weekend Sept 2018

On the eight hour hike of the Fairfield Horseshoe in Ambleside.

LMAX Exchange Everest Rugby Challenge Team Captain, Tamara Taylor said; “I am so proud to be one of the team captains leading the rugby teams in this epic challenge. We are also very proud to have LMAX Exchange Group, a dynamic, visionary and award-winning financial technology company, as a prime sponsor of this challenge.

“Integrity, teamwork and bravery to break new ground are the values that unite everyone involved in the LMAX Exchange Everest Rugby Challenge and they were in abundance this weekend.”

David Mercer, CEO of LMAX Exchange Group commented; “A trek up Mount Everest is daunting enough, but these star players have chosen to go one step further to try and break two world records. This brave team, which includes both men and women, is banding together to take on a mission never attempted before in support of a fantastic cause.

“At LMAX Exchange we have aimed high to break new ground, successfully pioneering the exchange style execution model for FX, and more recently charting new territory with the first ever institutional physical cryptocurrency exchange. We are committed to driving positive change not only in the financial services space, but also to catalysing social change in the world around us. We consider corporate sponsorships a vital element of our transformative business strategy. Every year, we take part in at least one sponsorship that supports equal opportunities for people of all genders, backgrounds and abilities.

“Rugby is a game of integrity and teamwork. This spirit drives both Wooden Spoon and LMAX Exchange in what we do. We are proud to support Wooden Spoon and will be enthusiastically cheering the players on, as they work to set world-records and fund life-changing projects for children and young people.”

Show your support for the LMAX Exchange Everest Rugby Challenge.