Between the 14th and 16th June 2018, a team of eight brave YRP members conquered the “Three Peaks Challenge” by climbing the tallest peaks in England, Wales and Scotland. Unusually, the team’s travel between the mountains was all done by rail, via a special charter train service.
This quirky take on the Three Peaks Challenge happens every year in honour of the Railway Children Charity (https://www.railwaychildren.org.uk). The charity helps thousands of children each year in the UK, India and East Africa who are forced to leave homes that have become unbearable through poverty, abuse, violence and neglect.
The YRP team, knowing that their efforts were raising money for such a worthy cause, set off on their first hike at 22:00, scaling Snowdon in the dead of night and scrambling to the top and bottom in just 3.5 hours. It was barely 5am when the team were off to brave their second peak, this time Scafell Pike in the English Lake District. With just a few hours sleep behind them this one was certainly no walk in the woods! Nevertheless, the team completed 2 of 3 and hopped on the train again to reach Ben Nevis, the highest mountain in the UK. A 5am start and difficult weather conditions saw many teams drop out of the challenge from fatigue and muscle pain, but not our team! The YRP reached the 1345m summit freezing cold, soaking wet and grinning from ear to ear. In total the team were walking for almost 16 hours – no easy feat in anyone’s boo k.
This year a total of 42 teams participated and raised a whopping £188,000 on the day. This total is still rising – funds can still be counted up to 6 weeks after the challenge is completed! If you would like to support the Railway Children Charity then please visit this fundraising link and make a donation to the YRP Three Peaks team: https://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/PaulCase3