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Yorkshire 3 Peaks Challenge Saturday 6th September 2014

Steps Training directors Steve and Paul have not-long returned from their successful trek over the Yorkshire 3 Peaks in support of Newport Women’s Aid.

The challenge involved a 25 mile walk (stumble, trip, fall, crawl and climb) of three summits and a lot of wind and rain, but our directors took it all in their stride. A 6am start was preceded by a 6 hour drive to Yorkshire the previous evening. Before setting off, Steve was a little apprehensive, saying ‘I think this is going to be more difficult (it was!!!) than the Welsh 3 Peaks,’ (which he and Paul took on last year in aid of human rights charity Hope for Justice), ‘because it’s continuous, there are no breaks in between peaks, I’m looking forward to it in one way, but there’s never a good time to walk 25 miles in under 12 hours!’

The full trek included the peaks of Pen-y-Ghent (12 miles between these two) Whernside and Ingleborough followed by a five mile scramble to clock in at finishing point, and had to be completed in less than 12 hours.

Looking out of the window of thw Hostel (Not Hotel) at 5.00am to discover that it wasn’t stones being thrown at the window it was RAIN!!!  the 6th of September was perhaps not the best day for the event – wind and rain would dictate, yet they managed to complete their challenge in 11 hours and 37 minutes, clocking out and in to evidence achievement.

‘The terrain was rough, visibility was poor, we had no breaks (we fell behind) and had to change our clothes three times as we were continuously wet and uncomfortable. We also carried out running repairs on blisters,’ said Steve afterwards.

The money raised from this challenge and others throughout the year, is set to help Newport Women’s Aid, our chosen Charity of the Year. We’re aiming to raise £2500 by the end of March 2015, and are well on our way. All proceeds will go towards Newport Women’s Aid, some of which will be put towards funding The Freedom Programme,’ which aims to help women understand their experience of domestic abuse, and also to recognise early warning signs. This will empower victims to make informed choices regarding future relationships.

Contributions will also be made to the running costs of the ‘Crisis Intervention Service,’ which allows those affected by domestic abuse to access help 24/7. It’s an essential service, which is used by over 400 woman a year.

Donations are still being collected for this challenge, at the time of writing this post, Steve and Paul had reached a total of £562 (all events £1250 so far). But we still need help to raise more!! All donations are appreciated, however big or small.

So, does Steve still stand firm on his view that there is never a good time to walk 25 miles? ‘Never with peaks!!!’ apparently! They’re efforts have been acknowledged with Life Membership of the Three Peaks of Yorkshire Club (under 12 Hrs). It’s not called a challenge for nothing.

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