There has been a lot of muffled muscle pains in the SMRU Consulting Europe office this week, as our annual ‘Team Away Day’ this year was particularly physical, but also great fun!

Our Principal Scientist and Director of Business Development Cormac Booth was over visiting from his Helsinki office, and the newest member to the team Project Scientist Emily Hague is just settling into her role – so this provided the perfect time for some team building and a day away from the office. Rather than chat work and business strategy, we went for something a little more adventurous including a cliff-side chain walk, wind surfing and paddle boarding. It was a fantastic fun, relaxed and full of giggles!

We first headed to the Elie Chainwalk, a half kilometre stretch of cliffs between Earlsferry and Shell Bay, where eight 10m chains are strategically positioned for climbing up or lowering yourself down as you traverse the cliffs that form a more extreme part of the Fife Coastal Path. It was great to work together to help the more nervous of us negotiate some slippery rock faces, and what a sense of achievement when we finished! High fives all round.

Ursula and Cormac traverse one of the chains as Emily and Carol watch on

Next up we kitted ourselves into wetsuits ready for windsurfing and stand-up paddle boarding at the Elie water sports centre. We were allocated an hour on each activity to attempt the get to grips with each sport, though the majority of the time was spent in (or falling into) the sea, rather than on it! Technical Director Carol soon got the hang of windsurfing and within no time was gaining considerable momentum through the chop of the Firth of Forth. By the end of our frolics we were all getting the hang of ‘catching the air’ and collectively agreed we’d love to have another go in the near future.

Rachael, Emily and Carol after a few hours of great fun learning windsurfing and stand-up paddleboarding in Elie

Our final stop of the day was a wonderful dinner at the Ship Inn in Elie, with food and warmth very welcomed after our day on the chains and in the sea.

With thanks to Elie Watersports, Elie & Earlsferry Sailing Club, Elie Chainwalk and The Ship Inn for a great day all round.