Conquering the Tough Lake District Ultra Challenge

 Torpedo team members celebrate completing the Lake District Ultra Challenge

Stepping outside one’s comfort zone is an exhilarating and transformative experience that pushes the boundaries of personal growth. Such a journey often involves overcoming physical and mental obstacles, and sometimes, it takes a significant event to truly test our limits.

For the team at Torpedo, that event was the Ultra Challenge in the breathtaking Lake District. The Ultra Challenge was a gruelling test of endurance, spanning a daunting 29km (100km for some!) through the majestic landscapes of Kendal and Ambleside.

 Lake Windermere with boats and mountains in the background
Beautiful Lake Windermere near Ambleside

The uneven terrain and extremely hot weather made the journey even more challenging – after all, it was the hottest weekend of the year! However, we were spurred on knowing that our hard efforts were supporting Torpedo’s 2023 employee nominated charities: Survivors of Bereavement by Suicide and Yellow Submarine.

We embarked on our journey from a cosy riverside hotel in Kendal and continued to the start point, beginning our ultra challenge at 9am. For the next 9 hours, we navigated the rugged paths of the Lake District, supporting each other along the way.

This was truly a unique experience that allowed us to not only test our strengths, but also created opportunities for teams to bond and support one another throughout the journey. As we pushed ourselves beyond our comfort zones, the support from each person within the Torpedo team became a constant source of motivation and encouragement. Whether it was a cheer from the side-lines, a helping hand during a tough ascent, or a shared moment of celebration at each milestone, the journey brought us closer together.

The Lake Ultra Challenge was such a great experience! Crossing that finish line felt amazing! It was incredible seeing everyone so committed and supporting each other… another memorable Torpedo event for me.

The culmination of 9 hours of relentless effort was an extraordinary feeling and all 17 of our team crossed the finish line! However, the race didn’t end there – it was the beginning of a new chapter. We were filled with a profound sense of accomplishment and the knowledge that our demanding endeavours were helping our nominated charities!

A special mention should be given to one of our ultra team members, Adele, who successfully completed the incredible feat of the 100km challenge! She finished in 2nd place for women runners and a fantastic 11th place overall.

 Adele celebrating completion of 100km
Our in-house athlete Adele even completed the full 100km.

What an excellent day but under really tough conditions. The temperatures, exposure and the elevation on the day made this a real challenge, and I’m so glad everyone made it around safely, getting their medal at the end. A brilliant challenge in one of the most beautiful parts of the country. Everyone can be proud of what they achieved.

As we reflect on the Ultra Challenge experience and the support received from the Torpedo team, we are filled with immense gratitude. The journey was about more than conquering physical obstacles; it was a testament to the power of a supportive community and the boundless possibilities that emerge when we step outside our comfort zones.

Our 2023 charities