Students’ hopes to topple Yorkshire’s highest peaks

The team of students who will look to complete the Three Peaks Challenge.
The team of students who will look to complete the Three Peaks Challenge.

Exams may be looming for a team of year 11 students, but they have plans to test their physical stamina before sitting their GCSEs.

The group of students from Airedale Academy are gearing up for the Three Peaks Challenge - to scale Yorkshire’s three highest fells in the space of just 12 hours.

The group will look to raise �2,000.

The group will look to raise �2,000.

That includes reaching the pinnacle of Pen-y-ghent, Whernside and Ingleborough - which involves walking 24 miles and climb 7,000 feet in total.

The team have opted to raise funds for Cancer Research UK and have been busy training, including trips to Pendle Hill in Lancashire.

Steve Miller, the school’s head of science and trip organiser, said: “I’m exceptionally proud of all the students taking part in the challenge.

“They are currently training hard to ensure they are physically fit enough to take on the peaks, as many students haven’t taken part in hill climbing before and are pushing themselves out of their comfort zone. There’s a great sense of community spirit and team work and I have every faith they will give it their all on the day.”

Student Adam Beacroft said: “I can’t wait to get onto the peaks; the toughest part is definitely going to be the gruelling walk back from Ingleborough after a long day over rough ground, but it will be worth it in the end.”

The team will set off at 3.30am on Saturday, April 28 with an aim to raise £2,000 between them. To sponsor themlog onto www.justgiving.com/fundraising/airedaleytpc