25th June 2018

I-COM Tackles Three Peaks as Part of #TeamJMW

Ryan Cunningham

On Friday 22nd June, a few of our finest joined #TeamJMW to conquer the Yorkshire Three Peaks Challenge to support The Bobath Centre for Children with Cerebral Palsy and Disabilities Trust. The 19 strong team set off at 7am to tackle the first peak, Pen-y-ghent before moving on to Whernside and finally completing Ingleborough , 11 hours and 5 minutes after they began!

At the starting line!

We caught up with the team once their legs had recovered to see how it went, and Kate said "After a difficult training walk when I first signed up for this challenge, I was apprehensive about doing the Yorkshire 3 Peaks Challenge itself. It was much further than I had ever waked in one go before (my previous longest was about 19 miles) so I knew it would not be easy! Having completed a few more training walks in the lead up, and after purchasing some comfy new walking boots I was feeling a lot more prepared when we set off on Friday morning with plenty of water and food supplies! You could already feel the warmth from the sun at 7am when we set off so we knew it was going to be pretty warm by midday.. and it was! We all made it up the first peak (Pen-y-Ghent) and set off on the very long slog to the second peak, Whernside. After a brief lunch stop and chance to refill our water, we set off to climb Whernside which wasn't as steep as the first one but seemed to go on forever!! Once we'd descended the second peak and made it to the final one (Ingleborough) we really started to feel it in our legs. The last peak was the steepest, with some parts being real scrambles to get up, but we did it! After some pictures at the top we began the descent back to Horton-in- Ribblesdale where the team completed the challenge in 11 hours 5 minutes.

I found the whole experience incredibly rewarding, the best part was doing it as part of such a great team. The support I saw from members to give people a lift when they were struggling was really great to see. After 12 hours of non stop walking, you really get to know people on a different level. I think it's really important to test and challenge yourself, to push yourself to do things you don't normally do- this definitely ticked all those boxes! Even a weekend of feeling quite stiff and achey, I wouldn't change anything about the day. If you ever get the chance to take part in anything like this then I'd say do it, you won't regret it! A huge thank you to #teamJMW who let us become honorary members for the day. I won't forget this experience and am already working out what our next challenge should be!"

When we asked how he found it, Ryan said "The Three Peaks challenge was an incredibly tough but amazing experience. Completing it with such an amazing bunch of people made it all the more special, and I cannot recommend doing these types of challenges enough!"

Liz said "The night before the walk I was getting a bit anxious - 24 miles is a really long way and I was worried how my feet would cope! But it was a truly brilliant day, the sun was shining, everyone was in a great mood, and the scenery was gorgeous. It was a tough challenge but absolutely one I'd recommend, bring on the next one!"

Jamal was on hand with well-timed nuggets of wisdom and as it looked hairy going up the last (steepest!) peak, reminded the team that 'just one step at a time, one step is better than none'. We think that applies quite nicely to everyday life!

If you donated, thank you so much for helping this cause and our chosen charities. If you'd like to support the team, you can still donate here: https://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/fundraiser-displa..