Challenge overcome

Parkgate gym members who completed the Three Peaks Challenge for a local charity.
Parkgate gym members who completed the Three Peaks Challenge for a local charity.

DENSE fog did nothing to stop a team of Parkgate gym pals tackling and conquering a three peaks challenge.

A total 26 members from the energie gym covered 25 miles of rough country taking in Pen-Y-Ghent at 694 metres high, Whernside at 736m high and Ingleborough at 723m high, within 12 hours.

Their anti-clockwise route started and finished in the village of Horton-in-Ribblesdale.

One organiser, ‘desert runner’ Ray Matthews said: “This tough and demanding challenge was completed in just over 11 hours. Travelling for over two-and-a-half hours through dense fog to reach the village I envisaged us using map and compass for the challenge, but was pleasantly surprised to see the sun rise and break through just a few hundred yards from our starting point, to give us uninterrupted sunshine for the entire day’s trek.”

The charity walk was for the Rotherham-based World Aid Foundation, run by volunteers to help underprivileged people around the world.