Her team may been the slowest time but Milton Keynes’ Tamzin Evers could not wipe the smile off her face after going head-to-head against a host of Olympians across a series of gruelling tests at the 2014 UK Challenge.
Evers, who is technical project manager at T-Systems in Milton Keynes, was joined by colleagues and 61 other teams from around the country to take part in the 25th anniversary edition of the UK Challenge last week.
The nation’s leading corporate team building event pits teams against each other in physical and mental tasks over the course of three days in a bid to raise money for charity and be crowned UK Challenge champions.
If that wasn’t enough, Evers also found herself against a squad of athletes from the event’s official charity partner the Dame Kelly Holmes Trust, starring retired marathon runner Mara Yamauchi and judoka Sophie Cox.
And while her team may have been awarded the infamous ‘Snail Trophy’ for the slowest overall time, 44-year-old captain Evers insisted it was an experience to savour.
“It’s a really great feeling having completed the challenge,” she said. “It takes you out of your comfort zone and the idea is we have teams of different skills – it’s no use everyone having the same ones.
“It’s completely different to our everyday day to day activities. I enjoy the strategy and the team building side of things.
“Sadly we lost two of our members just before the event so we had to get two subs and unfortunately we went from four runners to two runners.
“We started off strongly on the first stage and then in the canoeing we got stuck on the island and could not get off, although that did mean we watched everyone going out and capsizing.
“The last stage was tough, there were a lot of hills and it seemed like we kept going up and up. But it was a fantastic feeling crossing the line.”
The UK Challenge is the UK’s leading corporate team building event, providing companies from a variety of industries with an epic, adrenaline fuelled adventure that delivers powerful business benefits. To find out more, visit www.ukchallenge.co.uk