Not so Yorks 3 peaks challenge

Pen Y Ghent lies in the Yorkshire dales and is one of three peaks that makes up the Yorkshire 3 peaks challenge. We went with the intention of running the 3 peaks but with horendous weather on the first day and illness on the Monday the full 3 peaks were short lived.

We settled on the Sunday and put our camping gear up ready for our return and made off for the Pen Y Ghent cafe. We clocked out using the old clocking system and the fun started. We made our way onto the penine way, The weather was ok with low cloud further up and no rain.

This was all short lived after climbing for only 20 mins we found ourselves batteling against heavy wind and rain! Hoods up warm kit on it didn’t ease up once on the climb. It took us 46 minutes to climb to the summit and reach the trig point unfortuantly to no nice views as we could see only 30 metres in front. We didn’t take much time to start our decent which was slippy underfoot and after gettimg a few strange looks from the walkers on the route we pushed hard back down.

Reaching the half way point back down there were a few sections we had to slow down on and climb a little to be able to run again but this only added in the fun! Although we were soaked we were still in high spirits and as we got to around a mile before the end we opened the pace once again and sprinted back into Horton in Ribblesdale, Although a short run at 6 miles we were surprised to see that we had managed it all in 1 hour 12 mints.  Later that day we had a look at how much we had climbed and were surprised to find this:

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To be honest all though it was a lot of head down lets just get through this on the way up the decent was definitely worth it all and cannot wait to get back up there to test my fitness against all 3 peaks!

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