On Saturday 9th June our group of intrepid explorers embarked on a gruelling journey around the Yorkshire Dales, via the summits of Pen-y-Ghent, Whernside and Ingleborough. The purpose of the event was to raise money for the brilliant Yorkshire Air Ambulance Charity.

After an early start, the group gathered at the Pen-y-Ghent Café (the unofficial starting point for the Yorkshire Three Peaks) to make sure everyone was present and everything was in order. In typically fashion, we had to wait around for Darren and Simon who had walked the wrong way after leaving their campsite.

Soon enough however, we were on our way and began our climb of the first peak, Pen-y-Ghent. Also known as Midge Mountain. They Were. Everywhere!

It wasn’t long before the group stretched out as the ascent got steeper and steeper, finishing with a scramble up the rocks to reach the summit.

The next stage of the walk involved a steady descent back down Pen-y-Ghent then a 7.5 mile jaunt to Ribblehead Viaduct which marked our first checkpoint. Awaiting us there was Karen with sandwiches, snacks and enough water to fill an Olympic swimming pool! It was welcomed though as the temperatures started to reach above 20ºC.

Oddly enough, my recollection of the walk from this point onwards is a little bit foggy so the following is based on how the rest of the group remember it…

Next up for the survivors was a long arduous climb up Whernside following by a bone crunching stepped descent back down and on to the second checkpoint, where more refreshments awaited.

As the group passed through it was evident just how tough the challenge was and that the stresses and strains were beginning to take their toll. With the third peak of Ingleborough looming in the distance it was a daunting task to continue, nevertheless, everyone showed great spirit and determination to carry on.

 

After scaling the third peak, there was just a short walk back to the Pen-y-Ghent Café…
Or at least, that is what the signposts said.

As each person hobbled over the finish line there was a real sense of achievement, but most of all relief!

A special mention must go out to Carly and Darren who absolutely smashed it, completing the challenge in just 7 ½ hours!!

The achy legs, bumps and bruises would last for a few days but the memories made will last for much longer.

With donations received so far, we have raised a magnificent £1,705.00 for the Yorkshire Air Ambulance Charity. Here is the link to our JustGiving page in case there any anymore sponsorships to add; https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/sandersonassociates

Finally I’d like to say well done and also thank you to everyone who took part, to those who were there on the day supporting us and to everyone who sponsored us.

Stay tuned for the Sanderson’s Charity Challenge 2019 – Land’s End to John O’Groats 😉