10 October 2017
Yorkshire Three Peaks complete
The long-awaited challenge of the Yorkshire Three Peaks finally arrived last weekend where myself and members of the Yarwood team took on the 24.5-mile trek of Pen-y-ghent, Whernside and Ingleborough. To say this wasn’t difficult would be lying.
It was a 5am start to Horton-in-Ribblesdale where we set off for the first peak, Pen-y-ghent, at 7am. After the steep climb and a much easier decent to the bottom, it was then about a 10-mile walk to the next peak, Whernside. This itself was not as tough a climb as the first challenge, but the steady accent took over an hour and the top never seemed to get any closer! The decent was a lot steeper, taking its toll on our bodies. By the time we got to the bottom we couldn’t even think of the third peak, but after a long rest, sock change and water refuel we were off again.
The last climb up Ingleborough was even steeper than the first, and it took a little longer than expected due to exhaustion, but we did eventually make it to the top! When we eventually reached that last check-point, a sense of relief and achievement filled us and we could now say we’ve completed the three peak challenge … even though we still had to make it back down, but a downhill climb seemed nothing after what we’d put ourselves through. We were right, the descent was nothing and we even picked up some speed, it was only the final four miles or so to the village across the fields that our legs started to give way and seize up. We were defiantly ready for the finish!
We successfully completed the challenge in just over 10 hours, which we’re very proud of, and we’ve so far raised more than £400 for St Gemma’s Hospice. Now halfway through the week and still recovering, but it was all worth it.
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