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On Friday 7 July, a number of the Design Portfolio team headed for Yorkshire to complete the Yorkshire Three Peaks Challenge in aid of Save the Children.
The weekend started with a minibus journey nearly as long as the challenge itself, with the majority of our walkers traveling from our London office up to Skipton on Friday afternoon and contending with bad traffic, road works and a restricted minibus speed limit! But eventually they arrived, joining those who had travelled up from the North.
At 7am on Saturday morning, we were in Horton-in-Ribblesdale sporting our bright red Save the Children t-shirts and just a little bit of anxiety! We kicked off the challenge with fresh legs and plenty of enthusiasm and were blessed with good weather throughout the day, which meant no rain but one or two red arms and foreheads! The scenery was spectacular throughout the walk with views of rolling hills, sheep-filled fields and even the coast.
The Yorkshire Three Peaks Challenge takes on the peaks of Pen-y-ghent, Whernside and Ingleborough in 12 hours. The route is 24-miles long, and included 5,200ft (1,585m) of ascent. Our fastest walkers completed the challenge in 9 hours, 45 minutes which was an amazing accomplishment and they were very pleased to enjoy a few extra pints whilst they waited for the rest of the gang to join them. We were all back to the pub by 7pm and enjoyed a refreshing drink together before heading for a much deserved curry, where we shared our Three Peaks stories, stuffed our faces with delicious food and celebrated raising over £3,700 for such a worthy cause. Go Team!