444m of ascent this week please if you’re doing the virtual 3 peaks challenge. (if you want to go harder 694 m from sea level to the summit)

We’ve made it to Yorkshire without Phil Dawber crashing the minibus. Ian Ringer had a moment where he realised he was reading the roadmap upside down, but a couple of hundred miles of detours later and we’ve made it!

Pen-y-ghent, probably meaning ‘Hill of Terror’ (or maybe not) is a short sharp run out of Horton in Ribblesdale, the starting point for the challenge. Its only about 2.5 miles to the top but its pretty steep.

Give it your best and we’ll meet at the top. Let us know how many metres of ‘up’ you’ve done by Sunday.

Tom Sparkes

Woop woop! Amazing effort Virtual 3 Peaks team We’ve made it to the top of Pen-y-ghent. The weather’s been phenomenal, the trails have been dry. Jane’s drunk pretty much all the beer but still made it to the top and everyone got slightly carried away! With a team of 23 (a few people haven’t quite made it out of the car park) we’ve pretty much all got to the top and done 20 loop backs to the village between us to pick up the stragglers. Between us we’ve climbed the same as two Everests. Amazing. Anyway, don’t stop now. Do your celebratory handstand then on to week two and Whernside

Not that we’re competing, but here’s the ranking with everyone’s ascent in feet. (Apologies if I’ve missed you off the list or made a mistake). Ian Ringer claims King of the Mountain and gets the honour of wearing the King of the mountain pants for the next stage! Thanks for joining in and looping back everyone.

Ian Ringer 4744 ft

Chris Madeley 4728

Jane Stedman 4570

Marty Barnfield 4310

Damian Philip 4209

Phil Dawber 3701

Tom Sparkes 3184

Stuart Thomson 2844

Kerri Rowe 2678

Emma Stephens 2585

Rebecca Bateman 2428

Jane Stephens 2405

Andrew Ross 2343

Alan Hughes 2284

Nicky Brenton2023

Louise Richardson 1998

Nicola Sinclair 1991

Steve Allsop 1965

Katrina Verra 1661

Stefan Palmer 1608

Dee Smith 1604

Vicki Sparkes 1456

Helen Stevenson 1011 ft

Total 62330 ft

Race Report and Race Organisation by Tom Sparkes