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Yorkshire 3 Peaks – Acre’s training weekend??

Posted on 24 July 2014 by Lydia

Yorkshire 3 Peaks – Acre’s training weekend??

As part of our training for the Acre 24 Peaks Challenge, a team of 9 descended on Settle in the Yorkshire Dales late one Friday in July to walk 24.5 miles of the Yorkshire 3 Peaks. Having not done a ‘hike’ for 20 years, I had little expectations: were my new boots going to rub? How cold would I get? Have I packed enough sweets and water? Although I would count myself as a relatively fit and outdoorsy type, I like to exercise alone most of the time – so what am I going to talk about to my colleagues for 12 hours whilst hiking up 3 peaks?

Fortunately, the forecast rain didn’t arrive, and we woke up to a glorious day in the Yorkshire Dales. We set off on our hike at 6:30am, and making our way up Pen-y-ghent and back down, walking a ‘short’ 8 miles to our first of two 10 minute breaks! After a short break, we were back on our feet to take on our next challenge of Whernside (where we unfortunately lost a couple of team members), but nothing was to prepare us for the ascent of Ingleborough! It was steep and challenging, and being at the end of the day it certainly tested the fitness and the camaraderie of the team. But it was wholly worth it when we hit the top, had our final peak team photo, and then turned to head for home – hitting The Crown pub on the way with a refreshing drink in the beer garden.

There were a few stiff legs and blisters the next day, but the weekend has certainly opened up my eyes to what’s in line for September. It’s not going to be easy, but I am definitely up for the challenge – bring on the 24 Peaks.

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