The Tribe attack the Yorkshire Peaks

Posted by on Sunday, May 24, 2015

Brilliant photos courtesy of Spooner Studios Photography – Oxford UK

Posted by Project Active on Tuesday, May 19, 2015

A review of our recent trip up north from our guest blogger, Mark Swadling

“A quick note to say a big thank you to Ben and the team at Project Active for organising the Yorkshire 3 peaks walking challenge and weekend away.The first challenge a few weeks before the event was a 20 mile training walk around the Oxfordshire countryside, starting and finishing in Woodstock. This was to get used to time on our feet and to break in new footwear  and clothing.  A good job as there were some blisters and chafing amongst the group !! Ben had picked a great route of different terrain and elevation gain.

 Then the main event – A group of Project Active friends spent a May weekend in Yorkshire, getting to know each other, settling into our Bunkhouse accommodation to Undertake the Yorkshire Three Peaks walking challenge in 12 hours.

After a good night’s sleep!!, on Friday night, after tackling the M6 traffic, an early wake up call on Saturday morning to the theme tune of Top Gun, (thanks Ben), was the start to a very challenging day ahead.

Our enthusiastic bunch of walkers drove to the start of the route in Horton in Ribblesdale, our start time was posted through the cafe letter box, as it was too early for it to be open.

We all left with adrenaline pumping through our veins, a few of us were still a little sleepy but we soon realised that the base training Ben had given us preceding the event would prove essential.

The first mountain pen y ghent, was a quick reminder that this wasn’t going to be easy, the path was steep and slippy and the weather cold, after a small detour through a peat bog, pen y Ghent was conquered and the long walk to the second mountain, Whernside commenced.

Whernside came and went and the trek to Ingleborough proceeded, little did we know, this was going to be the hardest mountain to climb.

The granite path quickly steepened  to a very difficult climb, the wind picked up to a gale and the temperature dropped, the summit was reached with relief and the obligatory team photo was taken. A battle with the fierce wind and steep descent was undertaken.

The home run trudge commenced, which felt twice the distance than it actually was,  we entered the village where we commenced and logged our finishing time at the cafe and tourist office.

We are all now proud members of the Yorkshire Three Peaks club, having completed the challenge in less than 12 hours.

A quick swim and spa was enjoyed by some in the accommodations pool complex with a relaxing evening at the local pub endured by the men, with the girls opting for an evening in watching some good quality Saturday night tv !!.

A good drive home on the Sunday morning finished off a great event.

The event was meticulously planned by Ben and his Project Active team, a big thank you to Coach Jim Brown for his support and bananas and Mark for the official photographs!.

Without Ben and the Project Active teams to drive, encourage, train, plan and overall enthusiasm the event would have been a lot harder and probably not undertaken at all.

 The event was a great personal achievement to us all and Ben made sure we were all included and most importantly enjoyed the experience with like minded people of all abilities.

The Project Active Team have helped me reach my personal goal over the past 18 months, with the training and encouragement given, a huge thank you for that.

Bring on next years challenge!!

Many thanks Project Active”P1000479

Mark Swadling IEng, ACIBSE Contracts Manager / Associate Director
Darke & Taylor Ltd.
A massive Thank You To Mark for his kind words.
Please see the action of the weekend here