On 16 April, the group managed to complete the Yorkshire Three Peaks challenge. It was an eventful day, with an experience of all four seasons including snow.
Nonetheless, it was tough going – much more so than I imagine any of us thought beforehand, especially given that the majority had completed ZERO training.
Prior to the walk much discussion was around the amount of time it would take to complete the ‘walk’ – I can think of much better words to describe it – and everyone managed to complete it before the 12 hour target. It is gruelling and mentally testing throughout, especially when some of the ascents go on and on and on and on.
There were a few hiccups along the way, Scott Palethorpe and Scott Oakes both falling over on the first Peak.
On the descent of the first peak, Andrew McHale suffered a minor setback by managing to tear the sole of his hi-tec boot off. He managed to continue, though, with the support of some tape that Scott Palethorpe had brought and on we plodded.
Some of the scenery needs to be seen to be believed and I was grateful I managed to take some photographs throughout because towards the end the idea of taking it in became less appealing as the day wore on.
Following completion, we all came back to the lodge, enjoyed a few beers, went out for food and came back. I think everyone was exhausted and in bed for midnight.
Special mentions must go to a number of people on the walk. Si Goldsmith, for really kicking on with sponsorships and pushing us all to raise money – I think he went through everyone on his facebook page, and messaged them, too. Well done, Si. Tom Jenkinson for helping to plan the route – big help. Daryl for cycling the whole way there, completing the walk and then cycling back. Finally, Tom May and Liam Woodcock (Ving) for coming over just for the evening out, tidying up and not complaining when we came home early. A special mention must also go to some of the partners of the lads, too. They really spurred on the donations, phoning friends and family, as well as donating themselves.
All in all, a fine weekend. I would absolutely recommend anybody taking the challenge. There were people of all ages from 10 – 80. It was a fun day out and a challenge, alongside the real purpose; to raise money for charity. So a big thank you to all that took part and an even bigger thank you to everyone who donated.