Saturday 16th July dawned bright and sunny but thankfully, temperatures did not reach the highs that were forecast earlier in the week!
Our walkers arrived early for registration in Horton in Ribblesdale, to be met by staff, our amazing volunteers and our walk leader Chris and his team from Get Outdoors. What an amazing mix of people. It was wonderful to see familiar faces from previous years, large groups of corporate supporters, and other new walkers, ready for an adventure and to meet people along the way.
A few hours later, walkers began to arrive at Philpin’s farm checkpoint. Many were hot and tired and beginning to feel the aches and pains. A rest, fresh water, a toilet stop and the chance of an ice cream lifted everyone’s spirits. One of our corporate volunteers gave shoulder massages, and there was a chance for photos, comfort, fortitude and well-earned praise.
At the end of the day, as our walkers began to arrive back, we could not have felt prouder! It was a pleasure to wave them all across the finish line to receive their certificates and medals. There had been genuine struggles, personal bests, and across the board, huge personal achievements.
The one thing, which came across loud and clear, was that everyone had felt like part of a true team, and of something special. This incredible group of strangers had come together to push themselves in support of people living with sight loss and a range of other disabilities and raising over £22,000 to date.
Saturday was most definitely an experience I will be remembering for a long time. Very hot and I just can’t believe I actually completed it. Just over 12 hours but I’m still happy with actually completing the 3 peaks. The mountain guides were great, especially Natalie for getting us through it all with words of encouragement. Met some lovely people.Rehana A
The staff at Henshaws cannot thank everyone enough for their commitment, determination and spectacular fundraising efforts.
We shall look forward to meeting many of our walkers and volunteers again at next year’s event.