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Runcorn-based team complete military hike for charity

A team from Runcorn-based company, CJ Retail Solutions, have completed the Cateran Yomp, to raise money for ABF The Soldiers Charity – The National Charity of the British Army.

First held in 2011, the Cateran Yomp is a long-distance, 24-hour hike through the Highlands of Perthshire, Scotland. The event, which occurred over the weekend of the 10-11 June, is organised by ABF The Soldiers’ Charity, with this year seeing a record-breaking 1,150 people taking part.

 CJ Retail Solutions’ staff members, Colin Chapman, Joanna Johnson, Ian Keegan, Tom Lagan and Tara Barrett all achieved silver medals after completing at least 36.5 miles, with Steve Barrett awarded a gold medal after finishing the full 54-mile course. They were aided by Amanda Judge and Sherrie Root, who acted as their support team throughout the weekend, transporting equipment and providing encouragement at checkpoints.

Steve Barrett, Head of Field Operations at CJ Retail Solutions said:

 “When I came up with the idea to enter a CJRS team into the 2017 Yomp, I wanted to bring together a group of people to complete this epic task – most of whom had never done anything like this before – so we could raise money for a cause that is very close to my heart. The camaraderie and support the team has shown each other has gone beyond what I had ever hoped.

 “A considerable amount of rain had fallen over the days preceding the event and the weather continued to change throughout the time we were hiking, which certainly added to the challenge. It meant everyone had to dig deep to keep going and stay motivated, but they still managed to keep their sense of humour and support each other. I’m so proud of what we’ve achieved.”

 ABF The Soldiers’ Charity provide support to British Army soldiers and veterans, as well as their immediate families, when they are in need. Established in 1944, they have a long history of working with veterans. For more information on the charity and the Cateran Yomp visit www.soldierscharity.org.

 CJ Retail Solutions are specialists in Retail Display & POP installation, Store Audits, Field Marketing and Digital POS Implementation. For more information visit www.cjretailsolutions.co.uk