We're inviting teams to reconnect for real over a rowing and running fundraiser on Saturday 4th September in support of our youth work in Furness.

With the Covid vaccine programme well underway and the reopening of offices on the horizon, our post-pandemic team challenge could help boost workforce morale and effectiveness.

The RowRunner challenge sees teams of up to eight people row the full length of Windermere and back. Each boat stops at three points to allow two team members to run up and down three fells overlooking the lake - Latterbarrow, Gummer’s How and Wansfell. It takes teams between seven and 10 hours to complete the course which starts and ends at Brathay Hall.

The 2021 event is our eighth RowRunner, the last was held in 2019 – raising, in total, £10,000 for our vital youth work.

Scott Umpleby, Brathay’s Head of Fundraising says:

This sort of challenge helps teams to work more effectively and to come together once more, outside. People get to know each other’s interests, strengths and weaknesses, and how they communicate, among other things. Team-building activities can also build camaraderie and trust—one of the most important aspects of a successful team – and remind us that work is usually about achieving common, rather than individual goals.
This year’s RowRunner raises money for our Focus on Furness appeal supporting vulnerable young people with unstable or difficult family lives to build their confidence and self-awareness. It’s also about setting goals for education, training and work to help them to move on to independent living.
It’s great to get businesses rallying around to help local young people – from putting forward a RowRunner team to raising funds for the appeal through employees, clients, partners, suppliers, and other community contacts.
This is the fourth year that BAE Systems Submarines have sponsored the event, covering its cost and ensuring every £1 raised goes directly to help disadvantaged young people.

Anyone interested in supporting our work and RowRunner should visit the Brathay Challenges website. Or email by clicking here.