While we’re still allowed to run outdoors (but not together!), we thought some folks might appreciate a bit of extra motivation to add some hills to your training. So with the nod from our esteemed coaches, I propose a virtual club trip up north to do the Yorkshire 3 peaks challenge over the next 3 weeks in April.

The route is 23 miles long with about 1600m (5249ft) of ascent. The plan is to do it in 3 week stages at our own pace, no one gets left behind! The mileage isn’t that important as I’m sure you’ll cover that. The main thing is to hit the total ascent for each week.

Week 1: Pen-y-ghent: 444m (1457ft) of ascent (equivalent of 1.5 seven hills of hell sessions)

Week 2: Whernside: 630m (2067ft) of ascent

Week 3: Ingleborough 718m (2356ft) of ascent

Comment on the group Facebook Page to say if you want to be part of the 3 peaks team. Then at the end of each week, comment to say how much ascent you’ve done during your training runs and I’ll tot it all up. You can go over the allotted ascent for that week, but as it’s a team effort, any extra ascent will just be loop backs picking up those BRRs still behind!

Maybe use this opportunity to seek out some new (and quiet!) hills. Stay safe, keep to social distancing rules and watch out for cars etc… Let’s see some photos of people toughing out the hills as well…

Personalised certificates for everyone that comes along…oooooohh!

Week one starts tomorrow, Monday 6 April: its Pen-y-ghent week! See you at the top next Sunday!

Tom Sparkes