There was laughter, there were tears, some unexpected scrambling, a few blisters, a bit of chafing, sun burn and A LOT of sweat – but we all did it!
The sun was just rising over the picturesque Lake District hills when 29 intrepid REaD Group staff (and one trusty canine companion in Bella the dog!) set off on our 10 Peaks Challenge to raise much needed funds for MS Society.
The Challenge: Conquer 10 peaks in less than 10 hours
The Route: a 15ish (our various distance measuring devices couldn’t quite agree) mile route taking in some of the highest peaks and most spectacular views in the Lake District, including the mighty Scafell Pike
The Team: 29 REaD Group staff (30 if you count Bella the dog!)
There were highs….
Reaching the top of peak 10 in 6 hours – we totally rock!
The views – simply breath-taking!
The joy of cooling our burning feet (and in some cases whole bodies!) in The Stickle Tarn
Almost losing Adam T in a steaming bog (the muddy kind) – or should that be a low!?!
The bliss of the first sip of a cold pint/cup of tea at the official finish – the very welcome sight that is Wainrights’ Inn
Tucking into Chicken/Veg Tikka Masala and Lemon Meringue Pie (or 3 if you’re Tickers…) at the youth hostel
The sense of camaraderie and achievement – there’s really nothing like it!
And the lows?
Well none really – apart from THE SWEAT! With sunshine AND humidity, we were sweaty in places we didn’t know we had – ‘nough said! And being chased by an enormous thunder storm (which a least had the decency to wait till we had got to the pub).
Huge thanks must to our fantastic guides Matt, James, James and (yes) James from Lakeland Mountain Guides [https://www.lakelandmountainguides.co.uk] who made us laugh and kept us safe and also the lovely staff at YHA Langdale [https://www.yha.org.uk/hostel/yha-langdale]
A massive effort and achievement from everyone, and we are a few whiskers away from reaching our £10k fundraising target so any donations would be so much appreciated. Come on people!
Our JustGiving page will be live until 30th June: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/readgroup10in10