12 walkers, 24 miles, 3 peaks
On Saturday 6th of April Phil Smith, John Gardner, Jeff Barber, Ruth Jenner, Mick Jenner, Kevin Keegan, Sam Evans, Mark Evsy Evans, Natalie Joyce, Gill Heppinstall, Nigel Heppinstall and Katie Seabrooke embarked on the Three Peaks Challenge.
The route is 24 miles (38.6km), and includes 1585m (5200ft) of ascent.
The Yorkshire Three Peaks Challenge takes on the peaks of Pen-y-ghent, Whernside and Ingleborough, usually in this order, and in under 12 hours. These peaks form part of the Pennine range, and encircle the head of the valley of the River Ribble, in the Yorkshire Dales National Park.
Here’s Mic Jenner’s report of this amazing feat of endurance
Well, me & Ruthie always seem to have an adventure! At 55 years of age, and not particularly fit, yesterday we took part in the Yorkshire Dales 3 Peaks challenge for Teenage Cancer Trust. 24 miles, 3 peaks in 12 hours. But no. Not that simple ! 17 of us from The Specialized project set off at 6.30 am ”should be back by six pm”. Turns out the peaks aren’t hills but mountains. Two of them had near vertical rock climbs. We literally crawled up on hands and feet. With ruck sacks on. Every step of the last nine hours hurt and was a huge effort. Fitbit says, the 24 miles was closer to 27, that’s works out to roughly SIXTY THOUSAND steps!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! And, with a morbid fear of heights, vertical ascents to 2,414 feet the mental challenge was every bit as huge as the physical one! And walking along the summit on a two feet wide pathway at that height was equally horrific. All of our group finished at their different pace BUT we ALL finished. By the last leg, The Famous Five battled together, getting each other thru (me Ruth Jenner, Katie Seabrooke Nigel Heppinstall Gill Heppinstall ), But it wasn’t around 6pm but nearer8.30 and we were now in the dark with no torch for the last mile. I have never EVER been so pleased to see a road with a street light.!!! We limped to the pub next to our hostel and downed about 8 double Jack Daniels before returning to the digs and me Ruthie and Katie got our mattresses from our bunks and put them on the huge tables in our communal kitchen and got into our sleeping bags. Why?? We thought id would be funny. It wasn’t ! The three of us shared a bottle of Jim Beam and fell asleep with the new album from The Specials playing. It was still playing in the morning when people came to cook and make tea….. with us still asleep on the tables! Thanks hugely to our travel buddy Katie. We laughed together, we cried together. Several times along the 14 and a half hour body destroying trek I asked myself why anybody would put themselves through this and then I realised, we ALL put ourselves through this because we were raising loads of money for Teenage Cancer Trust so that a few kids might, just might, live as long as me and have the adventures I do. My hips, calf’s, shoulders and knees are killing me. I have four bruises on one wrist, one blister and will probably loose two toenails!!! So proud of myself and amazing fellow marchers!! I didn’t think I was capable of doing what I did, but the human body and mind is amazing. AND during all this I managed to make a video.
Jeff Barber said, “What a weekend. The Yorkshire 3peaks nearly broke me, but I got there in the end. A massive thank you to Phil for continually making my life a misery and making me ‘volunteer ‘ for these things for charity. Cheers mate, would also like to thank Kevin Keegan and Cheltenham Flooring for donating the food that kept us going . A big thanks to my fellow 3 peakers Gill, Nigel, Mark Evsy Evans, Sam, Katie, Mick, Ruth, Steve, John, Dave, Charlie, Natalie,and finally Toby. You all did a sterling job and should be proud of yourselfs for getting through the day . Well done
And my final thanks goes to all the sponsors, who , with your donations spurred me on to make the lives of children with cancer a little better.
Thank you all so much
And if there is anyone that would like to donate on my Justgiving page there is still time and I would be truly grateful”
The Three Peeks Challenge was organised by Phil Smith “The aftermath…..what a wonderful team of mates I’ve got, yesterday was the best and worst thing I’ve ever done. Lots of aching limbs( and heads) this morning, but we did it. Thanks to each and every one of the team, you are all legends, the personal triumphs you achieved yesterday shouldn’t be taken for granted, that was so much harder than I thought it would be ( when they say ‘walk’ I didn’t expect to climb two rock faces!)Thanks too to everyone who sponsored us , we are looking at a great total, so hats off.”
Phil set a goal of raising £500 for The Specialized Project.
Please help him to do that by visiting Just Giving