Teams lap up Hellvetia Challenge

THE Hellvetia Challenge yesterday saw teams running and cycling in Town to raise funds for the Guernsey and Alderney Youth Commission and other charities.

Participants were encouraged to complete between one and 10 laps, which included cycling up and down Le Val des Terres and running from Havelet slipway to the Aquarium, back towards Castle Cornet before finishing back at the slipway. Teams could share each lap, or laps, in any way they chose.

This year the swimming element of the triathlon-inspired route was cancelled due to windy conditions.

(Picture by Peter Frankland, 25068060)

Members of offshore law firm Mourant took part in the day’s fundraiser for both Guernsey Motor Neurone Disease Association and Guernsey Alzheimer’s Association.

‘It’s been great,’ said Mourant’s John Rochester, 41. ‘It’s taken us about 40 minutes and we’ve had such good fun.

‘We’ve raised about £700 to give between the two charities, so it’s been a day well spent raising funds for such worthy causes.’

Guernsey Financial Services Commission’s Kimberly Bregg, 39, who took part alongside her fellow colleagues for Priaulx Premature Baby Foundation, said taking part had been good fun but hot.

Kimberly Bregg of GFSC-You-Later. (Picture by Peter Frankland, 25068067)

‘It would have been nice to have been swimming – it would have given us a break – but I hope to take part next year.’

The Hel(l)vetia Challenge was named after Credit Suisse’s headquarters on South Esplanade.

It was co-sponsored by Credit Suisse and Babbe.

Maria Soler was representing Sequent. (Picture by Peter Frankland, 25068064)

Credit Suisse CEO Paul Annegarn said over 300 people had taken part in the event, which is in its third year.

‘There’s so many people involved, fundraising for such great causes,’ he said. ‘It’s all about inclusivity and taking part. We’ve had firemen, law firms, among many others, it’s been great.’

Guernsey Youth Commission CEO Charlie Cox said they were honoured to be Credit Suisse’s chosen charity for 2019.

‘There’s been a great atmosphere all day,’ she said.

Recarta team. Left to right: Dylan Smith, Jack Holt, Mark Duddy, Toby Harris, Jan Fountain, Darren Bland and Chris De Carteret. (Smith and De Carteret work for Credit Suisse). (Picture By Peter Frankland, 25068072)

‘We are thrilled that the money raised will be used to directly impact the lives of children and young people in the Bailiwick, helping them to be ambitious in reaching their full potential.’

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