Kind Words

Hi Tony,
 A big thank you from Sarah, James, Lauren, Robert, Claire and me for organising such a brilliant couple of days in the Lakes. 
We absolutely loved the 24 peaks challenge – and we’re delighted with our overall time. 
It was great to have such a well-planned and organised event – with excellent support provided by you, Arthur and Bruno. We appreciate that a heck of a lot of hard work goes into this behind the scenes – and that this makes a big difference to the success of the event. And the sandwiches, we’re fab too! 
Bruno, was a wonderful guide and companion, over the 2 days – with a great mix of helpful advice and good humour. We’d really like to thank him directly, so if possible can you let me have his contact details? 
And if you’d like us to put a review (a very positive one!) on your website or anywhere else, very happy to do so – just let me know. 
Best wishes.

David Done, RHP Chief Executive

We received the CD with all the pics and some of them are really great, thanks very much for sending this so quickly.
Onto the trip itself. Overall we have been extremely satisfied with the experience that we had with your company when undertaking the challenge. We really had a fantastic time from start to finish, even during the bad weather on Scafell Pike, and a great part of this was down to the professionalism of the operation, and the expertise & enthusiasm of your team.
We are genuinely very satisfied with our overall performance on the mountains, and can boast a strong set of results. This is in part down to some decent training and mental strength, but also down to the way the guides paced the walks, encouraged us and allowed everyone to reach their potential. Please pass on our thanks to them, they were really excellent.
It’s hard to express the gratitude I have been passed on by others for the good feelings they got from the guys driving, and of course Simon with the time-keeping….he seemed genuinely delighted to see the results and this is a very nice message
The accommodation was a good standard for a hostel, and the food was what was needed – the breakfast was a perfect addition. I didn’t experience the new bus myself, but I have been advised that those that went on it were impressed and enjoyed the more comfortable surroundings which were above expectation.
In summary you have managed to give us a great experience. I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend you to other groups or companies, as I think the trip would be hard to beat.
May I take this opportunity to thank you and all the team (Simon, Pam, Mitch, Bruno, Joe, Bernie and Craig) for all the help and support. I wish you all well in the no doubt very busy year you have ahead.
Best regards,

Jon Allen, Allianz Head of Risk Management UK & Head of Risk Assurance Europe

Hi Tony,

I hope your well. Many thanks for the photos their great and really tell the story, we’ve had a lot more sponsors since I posted them on facebook, I also gave your team a massive thank you and posted activusoutdoors on there for you. Thanks for organising everything and a huge thank you to Rob,Tom and Simon the guys were outstanding. I think I’ve found something that I’m naturally good and I’m planning to the 10 peaks again at the end of August with the 1 guy that got injured the week before,far play to him he still wants to do the challange. Many thank again and I’m sure our paths will cross again when I do the 24 peaks.

All the best,

Steve Gibbard, Team Leader

Hi Tony,

Just wanted to say thanks for putting on such a great challenge for us. I’ve spoken to pretty much everyone this morning, and although we can hardly move, the vast majority would be willing to do that challenge again. I hope you’re able to add this one to your repertoire and offer it to others as we all had a pretty good time.

Some feedback:-

The B&B was great; very comfortable, very accommodating. Please be sure to send our thanks to Bernie and Danny.

The guides, John and Rob, were very good. They managed to keep us together as a group and were fairly motivating as well. We would be happy to do a challenge with either of them again.

The sandwiches got a lot of praise as well – pass our thanks on to your supplier.

We’re all extremely grateful you dropped the photo CDs off on Sunday morning – we didn’t expect to get this so soon and it is very much appreciated.

Best regards,

Emily Dye, Solar Communications / Customer Services Manager

Dear Mr Holliday

On behalf of Tenovus and in particular my colleague Bethan Palfrey I am emailing to extend my sincere thanks for the support you gave us during the run up to and on the day of our 10 Peaks challenge. Your generous support enabled Bethan and her colleagues to stage such a successful and good spirited challenge event. Thank you. We have received lots of feedback from participants expressing their admiration of your organising of the event and as far as I am concerned – if they are happy so am I!

We learnt a lot this year so hopefully when we run the event next year we will not need to call upon you so much (famous last words!).

With my kind regards

Andrew Craven, Tenovus Cancer Care / Interim Director of Income Generation

Hi Tony,

Thank you very much for a great weekend earlier this month. As promised, here’s some feedback from the event:-

Accommodation & Food

The hostel was perfect, great location, very clean. I would suggest sending through the room plan in advance as that was a bit tricky to organise with everyone waiting to put their bags down. Zac was very friendly on reception and Karen was lovely on the catering team. The food was great and the hearty puddings and portions welcomed. The lunches were great too with plenty for people to take as much as they needed and lots of sugar available. Having a big selection of sandwiches definitely worked better than trying to arrange choices beforehand.

The Trek

We definitely weren’t prepared for just how difficult the challenge would be and we would definitely communicate this better to participants if we did the 24 Peaks again. Your “realistic” speech on the first night definitely ensured we went to bed rather than the pub!

The guides on the walk, Matt, Bernie, Zac and Rich were absolutely brilliant. 10/28 participants have completed a survey we sent round and 100% rated them as excellent. They were really fun guys to walk with and full of great and inspirational stories. It worked really well having people split into different fitness groups. The only thing I would say is that I think a motivational speech by the guides earlier on the Saturday encouraging the slowest group to pick up the pace would have been good as by the time they actually started moving faster it was too late to complete the final peaks.

Future events

All in all it was a brilliant weekend and I will recommend to our new Events & Fundraising Manager (copied in) that we use Activus Outdoors again. I felt very confident that our safety was your number 1 priority, that you knew the area like the back of your hand and would ensure the weekend ran smoothly.

In the survey we asked about events for next year and there is appetite for an event which includes cycling and kayaking in addition to walking so perhaps your Race the Sun event could work. This would also give people a chance to go to the pub on Saturday night which I think they would welcome!

Many thanks,

Robyn Phillips, LandAid / Corporate Partnership Manager

Hi all,

I spent a fair bit of time during the walk thinking about why we were doing it and how to follow up once we completed it. I was keen to speak to those involved as a group, but it wouldn’t have made much sense given my physical, emotional and mental state at the weekend. However, I feel it’s really important to share a few things.

Above all else, I am hugely grateful for your involvement. The participants, for their training beforehand, commitment during, financial input, energetic fundraising and original agreement to get involved in such a stupid idea in the first place. To their partners / wives / husbands, for supporting those who took part and putting up with the various training sessions and walks over the last 6 months, and also with the annoying moans about blisters, muscles etc etc. To Tony for even considering and eventually agreeing to the idea of the challenge when I phoned out of the blue in January, and for the excellent guidance and logistics of the event. To Berni and Arthur (please forward on) who were vital to our success, instilling confidence in the group and getting the balance right between slave-drivers and counsellors! Quite simply, if any one of you had not done your bit, we would not have been successful.

Reasons for doing the challenge and asking for your support are many.

On the surface I’ve made it clear that the number one priority has been to raise as much money as possible for RM House, who support families in need so well. Zoe and I felt that we needed to give something back.

Those who know me won’t be surprised that I also chose the event as I like to take on a physical challenge now and again – as Berni so rightly said at the weekend, it’s healthy to do something outside of your comfort zone from time to time.

However, when I really gave it some thought, I think the true reason is much more selfish. I think there’s a big part of me that simply needed to feel as though I was doing something, taking action, to address the horribly tough year we have had, as so much of Henry’s progress is outside of my control. I also think that me suffering through the 24 peaks, which really were tough at times, has made me feel as though I’ve suffered along with Henry – this sounds ridiculous, but has been a kind of coping mechanism. It’s only during the walk itself and afterwards that I’ve come to this conclusion and I felt it important to mention.

I know you all had your own reasons for saying yes to the event but I need you to know what an enormous difference it has made to me personally – thank you. I had a strange last day of the school year yesterday as it was the same day as the year before, but without the accident. I really feel as though our successful walk last weekend has brought this year to an end with a massive positive and I can move on without giving it all nearly as much thought as I’ve had too recently.

Until the next event…

Nick Lamb, Team Leader

Hi Tony,
‘We had a really good time and I am very happy to provide a very positive testimonial. (and the photos were great thanks!) Tony and his team professionally organized a great challenge for our Tesco Finance Leadership team. Tony’s attention to detail was superb and we were carefully looked after at every single stage. Every attendee at the event remarked that the overall experience was an excellent one – and that Tony truly thought of everything (right down to some super photos of the event, received that same evening). I would 100% recommend Tony and the Mountain Adventures team for event organisation.’ In terms of specific feedback:-

Choice and suitability of event – Very good.

Choice of accommodation – Brilliant accommodation – a real find.

Only comment a few attendees made was it would have been lovely to have had an early morning cooked breakfast on day of challenge.

Pre-challenge briefing – Was good and very clear. Perhaps a tiny bit serious – but that may have helped contain people!

Guiding and general organization – Excellent guidance throughout. The team all felt looked after and being met half way through for extra supplies was very helpful.

Transport – Worked well and was comfortable.

Food during the event – Good – but isotonic drinks should have been bought at Tesco not Morrisons!

Simon Fuller, Tesco Distribution Finance Director

I am pleased to say that we were delighted with the organization of the ‘3,000ft Four Peaks Challenge’ weekend which you arranged for us in the Lake District last year. The routes of the climbs you planned out for us, the guides, accommodation and the general back-up were excellent, and we will certainly be contacting you if we decide to do something similar again. We would not hesitate in recommending you to anyone proposing to undertake a similar challenge or mountain-based corporate event. I wish you continuing success in your venture.

David Jones, Kempton, Carr Croft / Director

As a business we decided to arrange an endurance event in support of our charity of the year Help for Heroes, we decided on the 6 Peaks after looking at numerous companies who advertise these kind of events and we weren’t disappointed. From the off Tony Holliday proved his experience and professionalism in suggesting an event that suited our capability and timeframe. Once we had agreed what we were going to do Activus arranged everything from accommodation to the running of the day, which allowed us to undertake the challenge with confidence. Needless to say it was tough but the guys on the day were amazing and helped everyone push on through at their own pace.We are now in the process of looking for another event next year after the success of this years and needless to say I’ll be calling Tony again in the new year to book.

Chris Brady, Divisional Head 20:20 Mobile Group

Tony Holliday planned and executed a superb challenge for the Danone UK marketing team – to conquer Scafell Pike in the Lake District. Tony’s team made sure the event was a team focused challenge, ensuring that even those who were less physically able enjoyed the experience. His excellent organisation and people skills combined to produce a memorable experience that helped our team get to know each other and themselves better.

Sam Hinchcliffe, Danone UK / Brand Manager

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