Running for Rubicon: Inmarsat and Spectra team take on the Three Peaks challenge

On the 31 of August 2018, a 19 strong team from Inmarsat, Spectra Group and Team Rubicon UK joined up to take on The National Three Peaks Challenge raising an amazing £13,700!

Together they walked/ran/climbed a total of 23 miles and ascended 10,0052 ft in three countries in 23 hrs 50 mins, smashing the 24hr challenge with 10 minutes to spare.

The team’s first challenge was to climb Scotland’s highest mountain, Ben Nevis followed by a night hike of Scafell Pike and finally Mount Snowdon in Wales. The logistical support crew drove the team over 460 miles in between mountains, allowing the walkers to grab some much-needed sleep in the back of the minibus.

The reason for this challenge dates back to 2015 when Inmarsat became Team Rubicon’s satellite communications partner. Since then, Inmarsat has been providing connectivity for emergency relief efforts, long-term reconstruction projects, and as an added bonus, 30 new Greyshirts volunteers.

As part of this, Inmarsat’s Damian Lewis deployed to the British Virgin Islands to support their disaster recovery after Hurricane Irma. On his return, Damian conceived #runningforrubicon, a 12-month campaign consisting of monthly challenges, including August’s Three Peaks Challenge.

When planning an extreme challenge in remote areas, the sparsity of phone signal can be a significant safety concern, but thankfully for a combined Inmarsat and Spectra group team it wasn’t an issue – the tech built by the two organisations allowed the team to communicate and track their movement when on the mountains.

The collaboration did not stop at providing essential communications, it also provided an opportunity for the CEO’s/Presidents of the companies to come together. Simon Davies (CEO Spectra Group), Paul Gudonis (President, Inmarsat Enterprise – also a Trustee of Tesm Rubicon UK), Diana Goody (VP, Inmarsat G2) joined The Three Peaks Challenge Team.

Simon Davies, CEO of Spectra Group, said: “We partner closely with Inmarsat on a day-to-day basis and have SlingShot equipment on the shelf, held in readiness to assist a Team Rubicon deployment should it be required. Team Rubicon carries out vital work at the most difficult time and in the most arduous environments. This is what Spectra is all about and so this personal challenge was an obvious one to get behind.”

Although some of you may think this challenge alone is an incredible feat (including us at TR) this is only one of many challenges that Damian is carrying out as part of #runningforrubicon.

Damian is in the process of facing three solo challenges: The Sierra Nevada Marathon, Marathon des Sables (a 250km race in the Sahara Desert in April 2019) and this week he headed out to Oman to complete the 165km ultra marathon in the Oman Desert.

Over the course of 12 months he hopes to raise some £70,000 to help those on their darkest day. Damo – you’re a legend!

We cannot thank Damian and the teams at Inmarsat and Spectra group enough for taking part in this fantastic challenge to raise support, awareness and funds for Team Rubicon UK.

If you would like to follow Damian’s upcoming challenges or donate, please follow Team Rubicon’s Facebook page as well as Damien’s TotalGiving page!

Equally, if you feel inspired to take up a personal challenge, either individually or as a team, and fundraise for those affected by disaster in the UK or Overseas, get in touch!

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