Yorkshire 3 Peaks Challenge calling for participants

The next Yorkshire 3 Peaks Challenge will take place on Saturday 25 July this year, starting and ending in Horton-in-Ribblesdale.

The trek will take you on a 24.5 mile walk in the three peaks of Pen-y-ghent, Whernside and Ingleborough.

Helen Whale, the Senior Community Fundraiser from the British Red Cross in the Yorkshire area, said: “At the end of the event, when people return, they get a medal, a certificate, photos, refreshments and a warm welcome back from all of our volunteer team. It is a nice celebration for the end of the day.

“It is such a fantastic atmosphere. People that never done a walk like this before, they have been preparing, training, raising money and you see the efforts that people put in, you see the determination, it is really inspiring. It is probably my favourite part of my job.”

Around 350 people sign up with the British Red Cross each year with some who took part with their family or friends, while others chose to undergo the hike alone. They also welcome businesses to use the challenge as a team building exercise for their employees.

The charity is providing support and guidance on how to prepare for the challenge by providing expert training tips, kit and accommodation information, advice on fundraising to reach personal sponsorship target.

During the trek itself, walkers will be assisted at checkpoints by experienced marshals and sweepers following the last candidate on each section of the route.

Ms Whale said: “We provide refreshment along the route at some points, water, snack bars and fruits to encourage these walkers who are doing something that are very difficult and not many people can do that. We also have the teams to support in case anybody needs extra medical assistance. Throughout the event we work with a radio communication team to keep in touch with people, even on the top of the mountain, to check our walkers are safe.

“One thing we do which is quite nice, not many charities would be able to offer, if you want to finish your walk early, we bring different vehicles back to base, the village hall where everybody gathered so you don’t have to walk back if you are tired or injured.” 

For more information please visit www.redcross.org.uk/Y3P.

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