27 August 2013
Team Lactalis Nestle complete Yorkshire Three Peaks
On Friday 16th August, a team from Lactalis Nestle Chilled Dairy Redhill headed up to Yorkshire to take on the iconic Yorkshire Three Peaks Challenge.
The Challenge must be completed in 12 hours or less. It's a gruelling 39-km circular trek with 1600 metres to climb, taking in three peaks in the Yorkshire Dales National Park.
The team clocked in at 7am at the official start point in Horton-in-Ribblesdale village, and trekked to the first peak, Pen-y-Ghent, which was a short sharp incline, and misty at the summit at 694m above sea level.
Next they headed to Whernside, which allowed a relatively flat and enjoyable two hours of walking past the Ribblehead viaduct to reach the bottom of this peak. Then it was onto the final peak of Ingleborough, at 723m above sea level. This was another short and sharp climb, requiring a bit of determination and strength to reach the summit. At this point, the team assumed the final three miles down hill returning to Horton village would be easy. However, this proved the hardest three miles of the walk, as they fought against fatigued legs and an uneven limestone path.
In the end, six out of the seven walkers made it in less than 12 hours, joining the Three Peaks of Yorkshire club, with the fastest walkers achieving a fantastic time of nine hours and 45 minutes. The team to date have also raised an amazing £1,206 for their challenge to help people affected by cancer. The team would like to thank all fundraisers and organisers for their hard work. The Justgiving page for the event is still open for sponsorship.
Helene Poursain, Surrey Fundraising Manager for Macmillan Cancer Support, explains 'I would like to say a huge thank you to the team from Lactalis Nestle who took on this huge challenge to raise vital funds for people affected by cancer and to everyone who supported them. The money they raised could fund a Macmillan nurse for over a week. Thank you for all of your efforts.'