The Virgin STRIVE Challenge

29th July 2014

Grivel  “Mountain hardware partner” of the Virgin Strive Challenge

In August this year, the Virgin STRIVE Challenge, a multi-discipline mass participation endurance event, is taking place, which will see a core team, including Sam Branson, Marion Bartoli and Ade Adepitan, travel from London to the summit of the Matterhorn in Switzerland, entirely under human power. Hundreds of others, including Sir Richard Branson, Jack Whitehall, Jamie Oliver and Princess Beatrice, will join the core team across the different legs. These legs are three back-to-back marathons to the coast, rowing the English Channel, cycling to Verbier (900+ kms), hiking to Zermatt (7 days) and then climbing the Matterhorn, all of which will take just over a month (August 2014). All proceeds raised by the STRIVE Challenge will go to Big Change, a charity Holly and Sam Branson co-founded, dedicated to improving the lives of young people in the UK.

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Specifically, the money raised by STRIVE will go towards Big Change’s innovative Life Skills programme - a series of projects that will help give young people in the UK an opportunity to learn and develop the so called ‘soft skills’ they need to become healthy, happy and productive individuals. Young people today are leaving school and having to navigate a complicated world of new challenges and new opportunities. While they may have taught academically, often times they haven't had the chance to develop the communication skills, teamwork and confidence that they will need to rely on over the years ahead. Strive will help develop programmes that focus on these Life Skills and change the way they are thought about and taught nationwide

The Core Team will:

  • Run 3 back to back marathons from London to Dover

  • Row across the English Channel

  • Cycle through France to Verbier

  • Hike the Haute Route to Zermatt

  • Climb the Matterhorn

The marathon and the cycle legs are open to people who want to join and meet the Core Team

The event will start in the morning on August 7 and will on the 5th of September. 30 days in total, where the Core Team will run for 78.6 miles, row for 36 miles, cycle for over 900 kilometer, hike for 150 kilometers and climb nearly 2.000 metres from Zermatt to the summit of Matterhorn

Grivel Mont Blanc since 1818.

Innovation drives Grivel towards the future, but its roots are grounded in its long history dating back to the foundation of the company in 1818.

With a vast knowledge based on experience, quality and safety, and constant optimization of the “Made in Italy”,  Grivel makes products that its customers have to rely on.

Located at the foot of Mont Blanc it is essential for Grivel to respect the environment. Renewable energy is used throughout the whole production, and a constant research for environmental friendly technologies and recycled materials is a must.


That's an interesting copcent, Bob, and I have some comments. It is the first time I have seen any library plan that included keeping the old buiding. I was under the impression that the Library Trustees always planned to tear it down. One idea I had in 2010 for the old library building was to let the police department use it. The Bergeron report a couple of years back defined one of the needs of the police department to be more space. The report states that the front of the Public Safety Building, or police department, is in good condition, but they defined one area of concern: They observed that the police department was storing a considerable amount of paperwork in the attic of the building, and expressed concern about the strength of the attic rafters to hold such a weight load. The fire department also uses some rooms in the front building for their bunks, and this represents tight quarters as well. There were other life safety code issues, but they would only be triggered with a renovation, not terribly important to this conversation.I felt that the PD could use the space in the old library building for storage of this paperwork so they could clear out their attic, and possibly move their dispatch over there to free up some more space in the police building.The above copcent brings up a few questions. The last renovation warrant article of Brewster Memorial Hall created 16,000 feet of office space with conference area, not including the remainder of the auditorium, so I question if 10,000 square feet is enough space? If you look at the above diagram you have displayed, it would appear to me that some of the parking would be on the Glidden property, so I see a possible conflict of interest with the deed restriction on that property, since it specifically designates the property for library purposes only. Would that parking area be considered for library purposes only ? Lastly, if we would be able to move our town offices to the old library, what would we do with Brewster Memorial Hall? I don't see it as a viable solution.


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