Having featured in our Breast Cancer Now magnificent seven campaign, Sharon and has continued to support us through various events and has recently taken on a challenge to climb the Yorkshire Three Peaks.

Friday 22 July 2016      Community blog
Why I decided to climb the Yorkshire Three Peaks

As a seasoned member of the Wokingham FastTrack Fitcamp, I attended the celebratory end-of-year meeting, where our team got talking about ‘what was next’. Our fitness group focuses on helping people feel great from the inside out – with an emphasis on an individual approach to food and fitness. So we got together to discuss what challenge we would take on next, both individually and as a team.

There was talk of runs, cycles and walks – but the challenge that caught my attention was mountain trekking. After some research, I came across the perfect opportunity: the Yorkshire Three Peak Challenge; 25 miles over three peaks, within 12 hours. Interest arose from the FastTrack team, who invited other friends to form a group of 16 – thus, the FastTrack Peakers was born!

Fundraising in aid of breast cancer research

As I was in charge of organising our training walks and gatherings, the team in turn honoured me by choosing to fundraise in aid of breast cancer research – knowing that I have been affected by the disease. Being Chair of the local Berkshire Breast Cancer Now group, I was humbled to be honoured by them and continue to support to the charity.

The challenge

So on Saturday 4 June we arrived at the start of the challenge in Horton, North Yorkshire, where we were met by our wonderful guides Simon, Matt and Pam. It was a warm day, over 20 degrees - probably a tad too hot to be climbing mountains! We split into 2 teams of mixed ability; where we helped, supported and motivated each other along the 25 miles over tricky terrain. It was a tough challenge but a truly amazing experience for the FastTrack Peaker’s. We crossed the finish line with sun burn, blisters, some injuries but HUGE smiles. The team was AMAZING - the comradery and support throughout the trek was truly remarkable.

One foot in front of the other

I feel honoured to have shared the Yorkshire Three Peaks experience with this group, creating wonderful memories. Raising funds helped us put one foot in front of another, encouraging us to complete the challenge. Not only did we complete it, we have also raised over £7,500 for Breast Cancer Now.

Team members included Tracy Higgins, Victoria Newman, Vanessa Brown, Jan Mackie, Anthea Mills, Donna Morter, Janine Sheppard, Sharon Jhheent, Michelle Swift, Ian Swift, Paul Gutteridge, Fiona Gutteridge, Mark Baker, Gill Manton, Helen Mundy and Clare Wailing.

More information

At Breast Cancer Now we share a vision that by 2050, no one else will have to lose a loved one to breast cancer. Sharon and the FastTrack Peaker’s took on a mountain to challenge themselves and to challenge breast cancer. Find out more about how you can challenge yourself this year.