We all love a challenge and many of us complete the Yorkshire Three Peaks at some point in their lives, but doing it three times in three days could be a step too many for most.
Spare a thought for a hardy bunch of Siddal ARLFC and Brooksbank folks who set off on one of Yorkshire’s best-loved walks, which is a couple of miles short of marathon with three major ascents packed thrown in. Multiply this by three and you have the Triple Peak Challenge; that’s 72-miles (and nine accents) in 72-hours! We needed a lie down just thinking about it!
This exercise in endurance took place on a rain-soaked May Day weekend to aid an excellent cause: The Nick Smith Foundation. Nick Smith was a former captain and teammate of Siddal ARLFC, who died in 2017, at the age of 38, from Motor Neurone Disease.
One of the walkers, Siddal ARLFC Head Coach Martin Scrimshaw, who helped come up with the bright idea said, “We love a challenge at Siddal but this tested us all like never before.”
Amazingly, the weather-proof walkers racked up an incredible £15,000 for the charity set up in Nick’s memory.
Stephen Naylor, who chairs the Foundation said, “The Triple Peak Challenge started on our third birthday as a charity. We promise to use it to make a big impact on our aims, to improve the lives of people living with MND and those impacted by it, and support the sport Nick loved, rugby league.”
The team at Siddal thanked Brooksbank and Broster’s Farm Shop for supporting the challenge and all those who have donated to the Foundation. The Challenge’s fundraising page is still open at www.triplepeakchallenge.com for those wishing to donate.