June 21, 2017
Pudsey Legal’s first major fundraising initiative, the Hare and Hounds Challenge, was a massive success at the weekend, and is estimated to raise in excess of £1,000 for its 2013 charity – Pudsey Live at Home.
The challenge was kick-started on Saturday when the team joined the Pudsey Carnival Parade before the 9 ‘hounds’ were released from the carnival showground by Counsellor Mick Coulson to begin the 23 mile hunt along the Leeds–Liverpool canal towpath from Rodley to Skipton, in pursuit of director, marathon runner and ‘hare’ Paul Kaye.
The wet weather meant the challenge was not without difficulty on a very muddy towpath and progress was slow, allowing the hare to win the first leg. The hounds maintain the outcome would have been different had they not stopped to rescue a trapped goat! This unusual approach to Corporate Social Responsibility really does show that Pudsey Legal offer real life support.
Feeling refreshed and galvanised (ie. unable to move) after a good night’s sleep, the hounds set off on Sunday morning confident that, goats aside, they could beat the hare on the return leg.
However it was not to be. Despite fantastic assistance and encouragement from the support crew, once again the chase was thwarted by a mixture of bad luck and ill discipline in the form of one puncture, several unintended cycle dismounts (ie. falling off bikes) and a final unavoidable delay caused by a round of bacon sandwiches at the Five Rise Locks Cafe.
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These unfortunate mishaps allowed the hare to arrive back at Rodley victorious, feeling a very modest “not too bad”. As for the hounds, they were left licking their wounds, including one who somehow managed to break three, yes three, bikes – none of which were “his fault.”
There’s always next year...
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