Ain’t no peak high enough…

On Sunday 6th September 2015, a group of 30 from Blacks Solicitors LLP embarked on the Yorkshire 3 Peak Challenge fundraising for the firm’s nominated charity for 2015, Heart Research UK. For those of you not familiar with this particular event, it involves climbing / walking Pen-Y-Ghent, Whernside and Ingleborough in the Yorkshire Dales National Park (a total of 24.5 miles) in under 12 hours. The day began at 5.15am as we were collected from our Clarendon Road office by SMC coaches.

The team ready to begin the challenge

The team ready to begin the challenge

Spirits were high in anticipation as we approached the National Park. We proudly donned our Blacks branded walking gear and Heart Research wrist bands in readiness for the day ahead.

At the top of each peak, proud to raise money for Heart Research UK

At the top of each peak, proud to raise money for Heart Research UK

Kuta Outdoors had organised the walk including the provision of the necessary health and safety insurance and marshals along the route. They met us off the coach with much welcome tea and coffee.  Various members of the group were named and shamed about the unnecessary items which had been packed for the walk which included a bottle of perfume and a pair of leopard print shoes! Needless to say, these items were confiscated for their own sake and their backpacks were much lighter as a result! After the safety briefing by Phil Lee of Kuta Outdoors, the first group of walkers set off at 7.25am, this group contained our keen athlete and trainee, James Farad, who wanted to complete the walk in under 8 hours so they were walking at a fair stride. It also contained the team mascot, Diesel the Dog!

Diesel the Dog, raring to go

Diesel the Dog, raring to go

The rest of us were just happy to complete the walk in a time under 12 hours and set off at a more gentle pace. We could not have dreamed of better weather conditions and were met with clear blue skies and bright sunshine. At the summit of each peak, we proudly waved the Heart Research UK banner as proof of our efforts. The walk itself became a rather painful affair by the last peak but we soldiered on, as did Diesel the Dog, who somewhat surprisingly still had the energy to chase sheep at mile 20! We all managed to complete the walk in under 12 hours and in one piece (minus the odd toenail). James Farad smashed his target and managed to do it in just 7.5 hours! A huge thank you to Kuta Outdoors as we felt very safe in their hands and also to SMC coaches as the driver kindly waited an extra hour until the last person had finished the walk.

James Farad after finishing in an impressive 7.5 hours

James Farad after finishing in an impressive 7.5 hours

All in all, it was a fantastic challenge (and it really was a challenge!) with the #BestStaffinLeeds and we have managed to raise nearly £3000 for Heart Research (smashing our target of £1000). Diesel the Dog is the only one of us raring to go again, needless to say, his usual 2 mile walk is very boring in comparison!

Now for the next Team @LawBlacks challenge….

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