What started off as office banter turned into a reality for 21 Costain Galliford Try, 4way Consulting, WJ Group and Southgate Global employees, who headed to Stainforth, North Yorkshire to climb the Yorkshire 3 peaks on Thursday 15th June. The Yorkshire Three Peaks route is 24-miles long, and includes 5,200ft (1,585m) of ascent.
The team bonded over a rather small BBQ, the night before to plan the following days challenge.
Everyone was up bright and early the following day eager to start their ascent up the first peak. 21 keen walkers took off at 7:45am from the village pub full of vigour and enthusiasm. It took the whole team 1 hour 20 minutes to reach the top of the first peak Ingleborough. Support vehicles were waiting in nearby Horton-in-Ribblesdale, with refreshments and sustenance for the team.
Continuing to the second peak Pen-y-Ghent, where they unfortunately hit a storm and literally had to cling onto the side of the peak to ensure they didn’t fall off. Due to injury two men were unable to continue and another two got lost on the second peak. Two walkers continued through the pain to complete the twin peak challenge.
The remaining 15 walkers powered through the pain and the rain to complete the final peak Whernside. Graham Pickett and Adam Edwards made it to the top of the last peak in 8hrs 20mins.
They were joined at the top by Pete Woolley, Eamonn Slevin and Alan Jones. The 5 rambler’s navigation skills were not up to scratch at this point, which resulted in them all going the wrong way together before splitting up in the mist. Eamonn, Alan and Pete could right this wrong but sadly Graham and Adam could not and did a fourth peak (8 miles more than needed).
Alex Thurgood- CGT and Melissa Chance- WJ Elland finished joint first in a total time of 10hr 20mins. Melissa Chance quoted “We are so grateful to have been part of your Three Peaks Challenge. From start to finish, it was a thoroughly brilliant experience with great company. Hopefully, our involvement will go some way in helping to achieve the goals for Breya’s treatment and Rob’s family.”
The current running total for both charities is £4381.38. Thank you to everyone who has donated to both causes. It is greatly appreciated.
Well done to everyone who braved the peaks and to the support team for playing search and rescue.
For those people that would still like to donate to either or both please use the links below.