Two intrepid adventurers have raised hundreds of pounds for Weston Hospicecare by completing the formidable Yorkshire 3 Peaks Challenge.
Wendy Clarkson and Michelle Nalley took on the 26-mile route – which includes a total ascent of more than 5,000ft – in under 12 hours on 13 July.
The challenge saw the duo scale Pen-y-Ghent, Whernside and Ingleborough after a dedicated training regime which saw them hill walking in Wales, Derbyshire, Shropshire, Worcestershire, Warwickshire and the West Midlands.
Wendy and Michelle decided to support the hospice in recognition of its work supporting Wendy’s ‘dear and lovely friend’ Sarah – and have raised a fabulous £850 as a result of their efforts.
Wendy said: “The Yorkshire 3 Peaks is a really big challenge – much more of an endurance event than anything we had done in the training days together.
“It is a very popular challenge for fundraisers so there are always lots of people on the mountains, which makes it quite difficult to find a way through the traffic and get a rhythm but we managed to get a good stride on and found our own space and steady pace.
“The first peak, Pen Y Ghent was really misty in the morning but we still had fabulous views across the countryside and over to the other two peaks ahead of us. Quite daunting when you have to squint to see a huge peak as it is so far away!
“On we went to conquer Whernside, where we met some lovely people raising money for a different charity – we spurred each other on to the top for a little rest before we set off for Ingleborough.
“The scramble up the side of this one is both exhilarating and a test of nerve (especially with so many other people around) but we practically strode up there and up to the final trig point.
“Only five miles left to the first cold beer… that was a very, very good beer!”
With mission accomplished, the pair are able to look back at their achievements with pride, and also offer a thank you to those who supporter them along the way and gave so generously.
Wendy added: “It has been an absolutely fantastic adventure spending quality time walking and talking, sweating and shivering.
“Of course, the big reason we have done this is to raise money for Weston Hospicecare and we are really grateful to all of our supporters for their generosity and send a huge thank you to them all. We hope our little bit helps!”
Weston Hospicecare’s challenge manager Simon Angear thanked Wendy and Michelle for their support for the charity.
He said: “I constantly marvel at the incredible lengths people will go to in support of the hospice, and Wendy and Michelle really have done us proud.
“They have pushed themselves to real extremes over months of training and during the challenge itself, and we’re hugely grateful to them and their supporters for this remarkable effort on behalf of Weston Hospicecare.”
There is still time to make a donation to reward Wendy and Michelle for their efforts. Log on to www.justgiving.com/fundraising/wendy-clarkson2 to donate.