Twin peaks were not enough! The Verder Team goes for Triple Peaks!

Monday, 23 September 2019

Our Verder Team successfully completed the Yorkshire Three Peaks Challenge this weekend in aid of UNIQUE (Rare Chromosome Disorder Support Group).

The team set off on their journey to Yorkshire Dales on Friday 20th September, following a day at the office.

With a few hours journey, the team arrived at their friend’s cottage for the weekend in Burtersett at 9pm.

With just four to five hours sleep, the team were up at 5.00am for toast and porridge the next day, before kitting themselves out with their walking gear and backpacks containing water, sandwiches and apparently an abundance of jelly beans and other sugary or protein snacks.

The weather was beautiful, we must admit it, we’re very lucky!

The first peak, Pen-y-Ghent was a shorter, yet steeper, walk which involved lots of climbing – not something the team had initially envisaged would be such a big part of the challenge.

They then had an eight-mile trek to the Ribblehead Viaduct and finally got to enjoy a very brief moment of calm and relaxation as they enjoyed a stop for coffee and cake.

The team found the second peak, Whernside, to be relentless with a long and slow climb to the top in extremely wind. The group started to split, and everyone seemed in agreement that this peak provided the challenge’s toughest mental test.

When the team finally tackled the second peak, they described a bit of a surprise following the initial excitement when they were soon faced with a grueling descent down vertical drops of rocks.

The third peak, Ingleborough, was approximately seven miles of walking and the team found it to be the most difficult.

Once this peak was complete, spirits were high and the team set off on their walk to local village Horton in Ribblesdale, where they finally got to enjoy a drink in the local pub to celebrate completing the challenge!

The challenge was to complete the three peaks in 12 hours, which they safely and successfully completed, and impressively Verder team managed to complete the 25 miles in just ten hours!

Despite the challenge being much more difficult than the team had quite anticipated, they all thoroughly enjoyed being a part of it, with supportive colleagues to thank.

The Verder team want also like to say a very big thank you to everyone that sponsored them to complete the challenge, donating funds that will do so much for UNIQUE (Rare Chromosome Disorder Support Group), particularly the very generous donation from Verderflex.

If you would like to donate towards the team's fundraising efforts, there is still time! Every penny raised from the challenge goes towards our UNIQUE (Rare Chromosome Disorder Support Group) - see our fundraising page here for further details.