Wingfield Walkers Scale New Heights

The Sumit

After weeks of intense training, getting wet, cold, muddy and hysterical, being chased by cows in a farmer’s field and just winning the race against daylight in the middle of the Yorkshire Dales, the day finally arrived. On Thursday 31st March 2016 the Wingfield Walkers, aka Mr Burtoft, Mr Lavender, Miss McQuinn and Mrs Picton with back up support from Miss Montgomery and Mr Picton conquered the 26 miles Yorkshire 3 Peaks challenge  in a record breaking 10 hours and 40 minutes.

We began at 6:20am after a hearty breakfast; very little sleep and a 40 minute drive from our hostel. The first peak Pen-Y-Ghent quickly provided the first challenge; easy enough to get up, a death trap of ice and smooth stone on the descent, but we did it!


A few miles later we met our support team for refreshments and words of support. Once Mr Picton started talking about SWFC we decided to get going again.  The second peak, a snowy topped Whernside, although not as steep was a long winding climb which took its toll.  No time for snow ball fights at the top as we were conscious of our 12 hour target.  After a further pit stop we marched determinedly towards Inglebrough our third and final peak.  After much head scratching we noticed a narrow winding set of rock steep steps and realised that that was the way to the top!  The scramble up will never be forgotten or repeated! But Miss McQuinn, you can tell future generations you did it!!

With six miles to go and the clock steadily ticking we set off at a pace, too fast for Mr Lavender who ended up lying face up at the bottom of a slippery slope.  Not to be outdone, Mr Burtoft decided to get injured but with true Wingy spirit he soldiered on and in time we saw the smiling faces of our back-up team waiting for us.

One last hazard 400m from the end we found ourselves in the middle of a bog, ankle deep in mud.  Finally we reached our destination and along with coffee and cake were given our official time of 10 hours and 40 minutes and our place in history on the Pen-Y-Ghent café wall. The final amount raised was an amazing £1041.25. Thank you to all involved and to all who sponsored us!