Scaling the Three Peaks for the Sheffield Scanner 

Janine and Michelle BarracloughIntrepid sisters Janine and Michelle Barraclough have raised over £500 towards the Sheffield Scanner campaign by successfully completing the Yorkshire Three Peaks Challenge Walk in under 12 hours earlier this month.

Determined to get back into hill-walking the sisters, both members of staff in CiCS, started in March by setting themselves the challenge of completing 10,000 steps a day, and then decided to raise the stakes and take on this gruelling but very popular Challenge up in North Yorkshire. They built up stamina with some longer training walks in the Peak District, and all went well until Michelle suffered with back trouble in May and had to stop training for 8 weeks. Undaunted though, training restarted and they completed at least three 25-mile walks before heading off to the Yorkshire Dales for their arduous challenge on Saturday 2 September.

They were part of an organised group of around 160 walkers plus guides who set off from Chapel le Dale before 6:30 am. All ages were represented, from 17 to 70, and a highlight for Janine and Michelle was walking and talking with so many new and interesting people, many of them fundraising for different causes and all with their own story to tell, some poignant, many uplifting.

Pen-y-GhentIn a departure from the usual route that starts from Horton in Ribblesdale, their first Peak was Ingleborough. The top section was tough and involved more scrambling than walking but they were rewarded with fantastic views in clear bright sunshine. Down to Horton in Ribblesdale and up Pen-y-Ghent next, and they were on their second summit before midday. Then came the long walk across to Whernside, the last of the three Peaks, where the wonderful guides came into their own. They could always sense whether to crack the whip to make sure walkers would finish before the fading light, or to offer inspiring words of encouragement to urge them on.

Having started walking at 6:24 am the sisters came in at 6:13 pm, having completed 57,878 steps, 24 miles, and over 5,200 feet of ascent. And as if that wasn’t impressive enough, they were keen to tell us the fastest walkers came in at around 7.5 hours!

Did they enjoy their challenge? A resounding Yes! Would they do it again? An equally resounding No! But this pair are made of stern stuff and we wouldn’t bet against them dreaming up another challenge before long.

Many thanks Janine and Michelle!


If you have an idea for a challenge of your own and would like to support the Sheffield Scanner campaign, contact d.meadows@sheffield.ac.uk or d.beaumont-thomas@sheffield.ac.uk to see how we can support you.

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