For the past six months there has been a lot of talk about hillwalking at St Wilfrid’s Centre. Helen Lowry, Office Manager at the Centre, and Kate Chapman, Volunteer, together with a group of friends, have been training for the Yorkshire Three Peaks Challenge. This is a 24.5 mile walk over the three highest Peaks in Yorkshire: Ingleborough, Pen y ghent and Whernside.
The day finally came on 23 July when the team, who were raising money for St Wilfrid’s, set off on their long trek.
Helen said, “I have never before challenged myself to anything as tough as the Yorkshire 3 Peaks Challenge! Even though we trained every week for the last six months, we found it really hard. Thanks to all of us encouraging each other and our great guides, eight of us got round 24.5 miles and the three peaks in under twelve hours.
“You may see a pair of crutches in the picture. Unfortunately, Kate suffered a torn calf muscle at 18 miles so had to pull out. We are very proud of her, she was on schedule to complete in less than twelve hours too! We must be mad, but we are planning to do this again next year with Kate when her leg is better.
“When all the money comes in we hope to have raised, between us, over £2,450 towards the work of St Wilfrid’s Centre. That will be over £100 per mile, and we earned every penny! Thank you to all our sponsors and everyone at St Wilfrid’s, we couldn’t have done it without your encouragement.”
Pictured are some of ‘Team St Wilf’s’ after the Yorkshire Three Peaks Challenge – looking rightly proud of themselves!
Anyone who wishes to donate in retrospect, the Justgiving page is still open www.justgiving.com/fundraising/TeamStWilfs.