Baking Mud and Bone Chilling Chants – all for good causes!

Anderson Rowntree staff have once again excelled themselves and not been afraid to look either ridiculous or messy to raise funds for two very worthy causes this month.

Kat Freeman and Sarah Rowden took part in Pretty Muddy on Southsea Common, Portsmouth on Saturday 7th July as part of the Race for Life series for Cancer Research UK.

Kat and Sarah, who both work in our Petworth Office, took on the 5 Km run through a lot of mud and a variety of obstacles but not what you’d expect on an army assault course. Imagine jumping waist or chest deep into oozing mud and then attempting to negotiate bouncy hoppers and other inflatables as well as climbing under rope nets.  These were all taken in Sarah’s stride who proved that being on maternity leave was no obstacle and was leap-frogging them all, according to Kat.

Hundreds took part on a glorious day at the seaside and nothing was taken too seriously. Kat said afterwards that the best parts were pushing each other over in the mud, finishing the course with a big slide into a mud pool, and then jumping in the sea afterwards to cool off and rinse away (most) of the mud!


Meanwhile, over in Chichester, we were looking to defend our two year run as victors of the annual Handelsbanken charity table football tournament.

The tournament raises funds for local causes with 10 teams of local businesses taking part. As well as (some) ability to play table football, teams have to come dressed as their nominated country. Anderson Rowntree didn’t disappoint again and came as the Iceland football team, resplendent in blonde wigs and Arctic Attitude!

Indeed, the famous bone chilling Iceland fans chant was on full display and successfully intimidated our opponents as we bossed our way through to the final!

The team of Ian Owen, Josh Foxon, Stephen Brown and Darryl Jump took on a variety of local businesses, including commercial agents, solicitors and accountants.  Stephen and Darryl played in the final which went to 8-10 to commercial property agents Flude Commercial who were Panama. It was a very hot evening and Iceland were clearly melting by the end!!

Whilst it wasn’t a hat trick of wins, the team can be proud that their hairdos stayed intact throughout!