You didn’t doubt us for a second, did you? As promised four months ago, we’ve taken on the Yorkshire Three Peaks Challenge and won! We have 14 pairs of achy legs and muddy boots to prove it.
In all honesty, we’re as shocked as you are to have finished it on Saturday 25th June. Yet here we are, it really is all over. Our weekends will undoubtedly seem a lot quieter without our training sessions and team practice walks. But it’s highly unlikely that we’ll hang up our walking shoes forever. That said, allow us to enjoy a few weeks recovery first.
Despite having 12 hours on the clock to complete the challenge, the bulk of the team finished the walk in 11 hours. The power walkers among us zipped along in under nine. That’s three hours per peak! Our 24 mile round trip up and down Pen-y-ghent, Whernside, and Ingleborough was the fire that strengthened our steel. We’re bursting with pride, and we’re a closer knit team now than we’ve ever been.
A knee injury, unfortunately, prevented Mark H from taking part. Yet he cheered us on from the field regardless. Instead of resting up, as he should have done, he met us with supplies and clean socks at Ribblehead Viaduct as we made our way to the second peak.
Of course, he wasn’t our only inspiration to keep pushing through the sunny spells and welcomed rain showers. We had Manorlands Hospice, Alzheimer’s Society, and MIND to think of. You’ve helped us raise over £2000 for our chosen charities already, far surpassing our original target, with more kindly donations coming in every day. Our donation page is open until the end of July so if you haven’t already and you want to make a donation you’ve not got long left.
So, the big day. The Yorkshire Three Peaks Challenge didn’t go easy on us. It was difficult from the outset and never let up for a second. While you were enjoying your weekend lie-in, we were warming up at 6am with a steep three mile walk up Pen-y-ghent. As one does. One down, two to go. During the comparatively flat walk to the bottom of Whernside, we caught our breath.
Before long, we snaked our way up Whernside’s never ending slope. Our first blisters appeared around this point, at the 736m high summit, and they hurt more than the incline back down this second peak, which worked muscles we never knew existed. Despite giving it their greatest shot, those blisters got the better of two of our determined troopers, who were forced to retire from the challenge, having given it their greatest shot.
As we reached Ingleborough, the third and final Yorkshire peak, a few of us wished we’d stayed back with them. It’s 13m shorter than Whernside, not that it felt it. Climbing its vertical rocks when we were at our most tired almost defeated us. But we kept an eye on each other. The final 30 minutes to the summit were rather intimidating.
A huge congratulations to Kim, Mark N, Rebekah, Mick, Rory, Mike, Warren, Damian, Holly and our family and friends that also took part for their efforts. The icing on the cake is the money that you’ve helped us to raise for causes close to our hearts. You’ve outdone yourselves, thank you so much for your support.
Who knows what crazy antics we’ll get up to next? Stay tuned right here on the blog to find out first.
Posted July 5, 2016