Clarkebond paddles into the SUP Cup Finals to raise money for RNLI

Along with 15 other teams from the region, four highly tuned athletes from Clarkebond took part in the recent Bristol Stand Up Paddleboard Cup to raise money for the RNLI.

Cheered on by their colleagues and friends, the intrepid team of James Edmonds (pictured), André Gilleard, Gemma Goodmore and Dan Jobson, paddled their way into the finals finishing a creditable 2nd overall.

“It was a great opportunity to take part in such a fun event where we could meet other companies and raise money for a really important cause. Big thank you to RNLI for all the hard work and well done Clarkebond team,” commented Gemma.

Event Report from James Edmonds:

“16 teams competed in the SUP CUP, with 4 teams racing in a relay at any one time.  Clarkebond were placed in Heat 1, where our apprehension quickly faded as we stormed to comfortable victory, and no one person fell in! This meant we progressed into Semi-Final 1, where we met the 2nd place team from Heat 2, 3rd place from Heat 3 and 4th place from Heat 4, again we stormed through the field with an outlandish double overtake from André on the tightest corner of the circuit. This meant we progressed to the Gold Final with the other semi-final winners.

The team were ready for this, the big final to see who was the best of the best, with Gemma completing a strong lead out leg (and somehow managing to navigate the chaos of the mass start) we found ourselves in second place.  Next up was André who used his smooth and calm technique to hold our position in the race, then onto Dan who was working so hard the colour of his face almost matched his hair (or maybe that was the embarrassment from the dubious chants off his friends who had come to cheer him on!).  I then completed the final leg but was unable to catch the team out in front. So we finished in second place out of the 16 teams entered on the day, and the top construction industry team!”

The event was sponsored by property services company JLL and legal practice Osborne Clarke.