The Perse School

Adventure Racing Club tackles 3 Peaks

5 May 2016

Article by Jonny Markus, Year 8

On the morning of Saturday 30th April, ten of us set off to do the Yorkshire Three Peaks. This is a 25-mile walk that has to be completed in under 12 hours. The race includes the three tallest peaks in Yorkshire: Pen-y-ghent, Whernside and Ingleborough, totaling 1600 metres of ascent.

It was a long journey up and when we arrived at Selside Outdoor Centre we dropped our bags and headed to the start of the walk to orientate ourselves and to look at the first ten minutes of the challenge. That evening we all cooked a large dinner together and after supper relaxed by playing a very long game of improvised cricket.

On Sunday morning we got up at 5:15 and set of for the long day from the Pen-y-gent café. We made it up the steep first mountain, Pen-y-gent, in about an hour and thought we were a third of the way through. We were wrong.

There are 15 kilometres between Pen-y-gent and the next mountain, the cloudy Whernside but on the way we passed a very impressive viaduct, which was used to film the Hogwarts Express. Whernside was the hardest mountain with the top covered in snow up to 6 feet in parts. By the end of it we were tired, cold and dreading the third mountain, which we could see faintly in the distance hiding in the clouds. The last mountain, Ingleborough, was a tough climb and included a very steep staircase. It was very windy at the top and we were glad to begin our final descent.

That night we were all exhausted but happy to have completed the walk and were very grateful to Mr Bradley for his Thai curry and to Mr Ingram for teaching us a new measurement – 1 Ingram mile is actually equal to 3 normal miles.

Well done to all who took part and thank you to Mr Slader, Mr Bradley and Mr Ingram for making it possible.



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