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Boss's Blog

Well everyone the summer has ended! It didn’t really feel like we had one. I know Autumn is here as when walking Paddy and Daisy this morning the leaves were everywhere!  Anyhow, it definitely didn’t feel like the summer last weekend when two other members of the Rockliffe team and I completed the Helvellyn Triathlon challenge in aid of deterMND and Anto Finnegan.

The Ullswater Lake was 13 degrees as opposed to Ellerton Lake where we have been training at 19 degrees! Swimming, cycling and running through 40 miles of the lakes was tough with most in a head wind culminating on the infamous “struggle”!

The run was decreased by officials from 9 miles to 7 miles due to the weather deteriorating up top. We are well on course to raise the £5,000 target for this amazing trust in order to fight Motor Neurone Disease and there is no doubt that the team and I took on one of the most difficult triathlons in the UK for an amazing cause. We are humbled and proud to do our wee bit on Anto’s and deterMND’s journey. We now look forward to welcoming Anto and family for the golf day on 23rd October.

On that note, I would like to say a few things about the people of Teesside, Newcastle and Rockliffe.

The support from the Rockliffe members, partners, associates and friends has been unbelievable on supporting this brilliant cause. All our people know that this is sensitive subject to me on account of my friendship with Anto. The way the people of Rockliffe, Teesside and Newcastle and beyond (The Baileys – Nottingham!) have got behind this initiative has been humbling. Thank you from the bottom of my heart for your kindness for this wonderful man and worthy cause.

Also, a mention of the other two people that worked and trained so hard to complete this unique triathlon. Katie “Steepy” (This girl loves hills, the steeper the better!) Scott. To look at she is beautiful, angelic and innocent. The reality is she is a monster that NO challenge can break. When I explained what I wanted to do this year and who it was for, she didn’t have to commit. She has enough on her plate and yet her dedication and determination to train and nail this was admirable. Thank you, Katie, for being you.

Richie Allen. I am very different from most managers. Sometimes I find the real making of people in the strangest of locations. I know this boy very well. I have rowed the channel with him; cycled 300 miles in rain through France with him; cycled 200 miles in one day with him and now we have completed one of the hardest triathlons in the UK together. That is fine but there is something you all need to know about Rich. He is an asthmatic which means that he shouldn’t be swimming in freezing lakes or climbing mountains and he also has mild vertigo, so any height is a real problem for him. For him to complete Helvellyn is typical of this boy – intrinsically he is tougher than anyone I know and when related to his culinary achievements that is why he is where he is. Watch this space people as he is one of the best chefs in the country and hopefully the rest of the UK will start to realise it!

And finally, a small update on Mischmasch, our latest investment at Rockliffe Hall. We are getting there and hopefully, weather permitting, it will be completed soon. This facility will be an amazing addition to our estate with pods in the woods, a water feature, tennis courts, childrens’ play area, chefs’ garden and so forth all there for all residents and families to enjoy. Keep watching this space as the progression unfolds.

For now, I wish you and your families all the very best and hopefully we will soon see you back at Rockliffe.