Three apprentices from Sellafield recently took part in the Pretty Muddy Race for Life to raise money for Cancer Research.
Mechanical design apprentice Lauren Clarkson, electrical design apprentice Laura Ward and business admin apprentice Bethany Cavanagh stepped up to the challenge on 24 June, taking part in the Pretty Muddy Race for Life 2016 at Tatton Park in Cheshire.
Sellafield’s participation was organised by Design Apprenticeship and CoE Educational Coordinator Chloe Courtney-Smith, who regularly helps put together teams to take part in local charity events.
For the Pretty Muddy race, Courtney helped bring together the apprentices, organised team t-shirts and helped with fundraising at work in the form of a cake sale and tuck shop.
The apprentices had heard from colleagues who took part last year how much fun the event was and how much they enjoyed taking part, so were eager to sign up.
“I missed the deadline last year, so when I heard that Chloe was arranging it again I couldn’t wait to take part,” Lauren says.
Although the race is essentially a very muddy 5K obstacle course, the apprentices didn’t have any kind of training plan. However, aside from Lauren, who wasn’t able to fully prepare due to a recurring illness, the girls got themselves ready by going to the gym regularly - all while gathering individual sponsorship from friends and family.
As the title of the race would imply, the event was pretty messy, but the girls embraced the mud and had a great time clambering over obstacles and dodging the water soakers.
“It was a lot muddier than last year as the stewards were armed with water guns this time,” says Laura.
“I’ve never taken part in an event like it before, the obstacles make it very interesting,” laughs Lauren. “There were several messy moments at nearly every obstacle. Mud being thrown at you and being drenched in water - it was all for a good cause though!
“I really enjoyed it,” continues Bethany. “The weather was a bit mixed up but that didn’t stop us from having a good time while doing the race. I’d say my highlight had to be sliding into a big pool of muddy water as a group at the end and then getting soaked by a jet wash!
As well as having lots of laughs, the Sellafield team managed to raise a total of £400 from their fundraising work.
“I am very proud of the apprentices we have here at Sellafield for always willingly getting involved in events for charity,” says Chloe. “I believe it’s very important for them to give back to the community and help out locally with good citizenship. This also gives other apprentices and those interested in engineering a chance to see another side of the scheme with this positive effort from all of the apprentices.”