Parent organisation of Community Links, Foundation and Bridging the Gap

Inspire North team complete Three Peaks Challenge

Man stretching on top of hill

Marlon getting ready to plough on!

On Sunday 23rd June a determined team of Inspire North colleagues and and people who use our services took on the Yorkshire Three Peaks Challenge.

The Yorkshire Three Peaks Challenge includes the peaks of Pen-y-ghent, Whernside and Ingleborough in the Yorkshire Dales National Park. To complete the challenge walkers must usually climb all three peaks, covering 24 miles, within 12 hours.

The group was made up of colleagues and people who use services across Inspire North, including Director of Operations Faye Oldroyd, Fiona Barber, Michael Kissoon and Robert King from the Community Links aspire service, Graeme Flitcroft from Foundation Craven, and Marlon Lockyer, who uses Foundation’s services.

Marlon, 21, and Graeme were first to complete the challenge. Marlon said: “I thoroughly enjoyed the day…. It helped being with such a great group of people, I felt we all supported and helped each other.

“The start was sharp and difficult but once we gathered some momentum I felt confident. As the day went on I felt my belief in myself grow and by the end of the day I felt I could have done it all over again! 

“[It was] a fantastic day that I won’t forget about anytime soon. I feel this is a great achievement for me personally and I can transfer what I have learned about myself into other areas of my life. Determination, persistence and perseverance.”

The challenge was organised by Michael Kissoon and Robert King from the Community Links aspire service. Robert said: “The challenge took many of us to our absolute limits. We really needed one another’s encouragement to keep going, but the feeling of exhilaration when we finally got there was amazing.”

Fundraising efforts are still ongoing, with a final figure expected soon. Funds raised will go towards supporting people who use Inspire North’s services.

Group of people standing on top of Ingleborough

The challengers at the top of Ingleborough, the final peak