Great Bear Lake 2005

The Team 

Jo Awcock , 36 yrs, is from Bristol. She is married and works for Foster Care Associates. Jo has very little outdoor experience. Reason for going: “I want to realise a huge personal challenge and whilst doing so raise money and awareness for Foster Care Associates.”

Mark Gooding , 37 yrs, is from Trowbridge. He works with Jo at Foster Care Associates. Mark is a keen mountain bike rider and triathlete, who in 2003 succeeded the ‘Ironman’ distance. Reason for going: I want to meet the challenge of a major adventure.”


Natasha Ridewood , 31 yrs, from Bottesford is a recruitment consultant who works with Fiona at Harper’s in Nottingham. She is a keen runner, but has limited outdoor experience. Reason for going: “I want to succeed at something challenging and raise awareness and money for kidney research.” 

Sirion Penfold , 37 yrs, from Bottesford is Natasha's partner and has taken a year off work to build his new home. He is a keen climber and motorcyclist. Sirion keeps fit by cycling and has previously competed in both road race and time trial events. Reason for going: “I want to experience a new physical challenge, in a demanding environment.”

Dick Durance , 51 yrs, is a married and lives in Southwell. He is a keen runner who has raced scores of times at the marathon distance. Reason for going: “I want to try something different from all my previous experiences, something never done before and experience what is to be like somewhere so remote.”
Janet Evans, 43 yrs, is married and also lives in Southwell. She has considerable outdoor experience that includes; back packing, winter sports, and competing in orienteering competitions. Also a keen runner and triathlete, she instructs Duke of Edinburgh expedition training. Reason for going: “I want to work with a group of like minded people to achieve an amazing objective.”