JDA Team complete the Yorkshire Three Peak Challenge in aid of MS Society
Back in June we decided to undertake the Yorkshire Three Peak Challenge in aid of the MS Society and in support of the partner of one of the JDA team. So last Saturday ( 15th Sept) a party of 22 plus two Marshalls arrived in the dawn mist at the start in Horton In Ribblesdale to walk the 24 miles and climb the three peaks of the Yorkshire Dales.
The marathon distance itself is grueling enough, but combined with a total climb of 1672 meters was a hard test for the resolve of the group.
We all made good time climbing over the first peak of Pen-y-Ghent under a pink sky sunrise with distant views of Pendle Hill. Following the descent, a long march over the moors to Ribblehead Viaduct for a short rest and snacks.
Continuing along a track at the side of the famous Settle to Carlisle railway we started our ascent of Whernside the highest of the Peaks . Then the weather blew in with a horizontal “ Yorkshire” rain that dampened moral for a while. Timely the rain stopped for our descent down to Chapel Le Dale for a welcome rest and refreshments.
The dark hulk of Ingleborough loomed before us with a grueling vertical rock scramble to the summit. The third trig point was a welcome sight through the swirling mist on Ingleborough. Cool wind hastened us on taking great care to locate the downward path back to Horton in Ribblesdale.
The final four miles seemed to take an eternity with aching feet and limbs clambering over rocky pathways and moors. In the distance we could see the glowing lights of the Crown inn which lifted our spirits and our pace. The team assembled on the front court of the Inn welcoming wary fellow walkers with a pint of Black Sheep.
The aches and pains were worth the trouble when we reviewed the generous donations received for our favored charity Multiple Sclerosis Society UK. The current figure is well over £2 k far exceeding our target.
Well done to the team it was an fantastic day and an amazing achievement