Yorkshire Three Peaks Challenge

Written by Michelle Mook on . Posted in Sunflower Diaries

Michelle, Sue and LIz

Our Pro-Development Challenge; 3 women; 3 charities; 3 peaks

OK, so we’ve signed up for this, we’ve been given a training plan, we’ve chosen our charities, we’ve created a JustGiving team page ….. now all there is to do is ….. PANIC!!!! Aghhhh!

For those of you who don’t know what the Yorkshire Three Peaks is, here is a description :-

The Yorkshire Three Peaks is one of England’s greatest mountain challenge walks, and it truly is a challenge – 25 miles (40-km), 1,600m of ascent in 12 hours of walking (6 hours of which is uphill). This is a similar distance to a marathon, BUT with the added challenge of walking up three mountains. It is a demanding, strenuous walk that must be approached with preparation.

The Three Peaks are around the Settle area of the Yorkshire Dales and are called Pen y Ghent; Ingleborough and Whernside.

See why we said “panic”!!!

We are looking to raise as much money as possible for our 3 chosen charities, York Mind, Dementia Forward and Yorkshire Cancer Research so if you can help us, please donate whatever you can on our Just Giving page.

3 women – walking & fitness profiles

Michelle Mook – weekly easy walks, netwalking, horse riding, swimming, cycling

Sue Courtney – running (well a slow trot !), walking around the shops!

Liz Dunn – lots of easy dog walking, gym, swimming, running 5k’s

Update 1 – beginning the training

As I write this blog, to date, we have done the following training:-

Michelle– climbed Whernside on 3rd May and Pen-y-Ghent on 16th May.

Sue – bought a new lawn mower! No joke she hasn’t done any training yet hmmmm

Liz – climbed Pen-y-Ghent on Sunday 12/7/15

Liz said “I did this walk with my new walking boots, my husband and 12 year old son. I can honestly say I enjoyed it, on the whole, apart from the two sections of unexpected rock climbing which I definitely wasn’t prepared for. My son climbed up with no bother as if he was a monkey, no fear at all, in fact he said it was the best bit! My husband appeared to have no bother either, whereas I couldn’t look down, hung onto every rock like it was my lifeline and was just grateful I survived the experience once I was at the top. A lot of “manning up” or “womanning up” was going on I can assure you! My husband later admitted that he also had to “man up” and didn’t like the rock climbing bits. We deducted that as we get older, our sense of fear grows because you worry about “what could happen” rather than just getting on with it like a 12 year old would. In the same way, I can’t go on really scary rollercoasters now-a-days, whereas when I was 15 I would go on anything!

We will keep this blog up to date for those of you who want to follow our progress as we make our way from gentle dog walks through to what is effectively a marathon with 3 mountains to climb! Look our for our tweets and newsletters!

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