Thanks to Chris Lennon for the following article, who enjoyed the Challenge so much last year that he’s taking it on again this year!
On Saturday 21st September, Colette, Chris and David set off to take on the 2013 Peak District Challenge, along with 64 other entrants. What followed was a foot challenging 25km walk through the beautiful eastern edge of the Peak District.
Upon arrival at 08:30 they were greeted by the other participants, including four women in Ponchos and Stetsons (who naturally won one of the fancy dress prizes).
They departed at 09:30 and immediately, as the map owner, David assumed point. Colette followed determinedly and Chris meandered behind on the lookout for birds he could point out to the others. His ID skills were let down by travelling light (no binoculars) and the greyish skies but he managed to keep the pace down to a comfortable 3 mph as a result.
Around the course the support staff (of which Chris’ partner Sally was one) were excellent and kept everyone extremely well fed and watered at various checkpoints around the route. They showed amazing patience as these checkpoints sometimes had large time gaps between competitors and some had manned them overnight for the 24 hour challenges.
Some of the waypoints and rocky Tors were challenging to navigate but we got there in the end and finished with a time of 8 hours and 20 minutes. There was a forced detour for Chris when the sun came out in the early afternoon and an ice cream van was spotted.
After the final checkpoint, a quiet walk down into Hathersage (Chris and David had run out of jokes after 8 hours) and a bowl of curry made it a lovely end to a great day.
The support for the walk, by family, friends and colleagues has been fantastic and at the moment has raised over £1500 for the Pearl Trust for Uganda.
These monies have gone towards another much needed well in the Budondo region of Uganda, working with Wilmslow Wells for Africa and the Busoga Trust. Sally, Chris, Colette and David would also like to thank NNL’s CSR team for their support.
If you’re looking to raise money for a charity that’s special to you; for a challenge that will push you to your limits; or just for an excuse to enjoy the beautiful Peak District this summer, then the Peak District Challenge is the event for you. So what are you waiting for? Come join Chris and many more intrepid Peak District Challengers later this month.
Registration for the 2014 Peak District Challenge closes on August 17 and it will take place on Saturday 30th August.