If you’ve kept up-to-date with our blog, you’ll know that we’re tackling the gruelling Yorkshire Three Peaks Challenge on Saturday 25th June, to raise money for a host of worthy healthcare charities! With roughly 13 weeks to go, we’re moving full steam ahead…
We’ve trained independently since the beginning, but this week saw Team Ultimate pull together for the very first time. Before planning further training sessions, we took part in a steady seven mile walk across Bronte country in the West Yorkshire Pennines. It was, inevitably, the first of many.
Our local guide Craig led us safely from Haworth to Top Withens – a ruined farmhouse which is widely considered to have inspired the classic novel Wuthering Heights. Our friends, dogs and children walked alongside us, down dirt tracks, over footbridges and up steep country paths. From outside the stone ruin at 1,400ft, we had a truly fantastic view across the barren horizon.
It was a wonderfully easy going route across the rolling Haworth moorland. We’re not expecting the Yorkshire Three Peaks Challenge to be so forgiving! But the great news is that no one seemed to struggle, and that we’re certainly on track for summer. It was a grey, but ultimately dry day, and it seemed as though we were the only souls for miles – which meant we enjoyed Bronte Bridge, the Bronte waterfalls and the ruined remains all to ourselves.
Our next group walk, from Simon’s Seat to Bolton Abbey in the Yorkshire Dales, is pencilled in for Saturday 23rd April. But it’s slightly more challenging, so our families will need to stay at home while we go it alone. Hopefully the secret waterfall will make up for their absence! This promises to be the biggest challenge Team Ultimate have faced yet, and we are not afraid to admit that we’re rather dreading the so-called ‘Valley of Desolation’ on route.
But our most exciting snippet of news regards our Just Giving page, which is going from strength-to-strength. We’re truly grateful for the terrific donations we’ve received! Your generosity has blown us away, so we’ve doubled our target to £2,000, to split among Manorlands Hospice, Alzheimer’s Society and MIND. With your continued support and donations here, we’re confident we’ll smash it!
Posted April 5, 2016