Research nurse completes National Three Peaks Challenge for Yorkshire Cancer Research

Date: 17 September 2020

A research nurse from Leeds has raised more than £1000 for Yorkshire Cancer Research after completing the National Three Peaks Challenge.

Suzanne Rogerson decided to climb the highest mountains of England, Scotland and Wales as part of her 50th birthday celebrations.

Suzanne is a senior research nurse at the Leeds Lung Health Check, a multi-million pound lung screening trial funded by Yorkshire Cancer Research.

Suzanne Rogerson, senior research nurse at the Leeds Lung Health Check

She said: “I wanted to mark my 50th birthday and had always wanted to do the National Three Peaks Challenge in under 24 hours. It seemed the perfect time to do it. It was a clear choice for me to raise money for Yorkshire Cancer Research. I want to contribute to helping them achieve their goal of at least 2000 more people in our region surviving cancer every year by 2025.”

Suzanne’s challenge was originally planned for July 2020, but lockdown rules enforced during the coronavirus pandemic meant she had to delay it until September.

She said: “The delay meant I started training very early. My main exercise is commuting by bike and karate, so I had to change things round a bit to prepare. Our family have always loved walking so training was a pleasure. I did most of it with my husband Steve and our two daughters. This included climbing Snowden last autumn, walks in the Dales over the mild winter and climbing Ben More on the Isle of Mull in bleak conditions in February.

“Once lockdown hit, that stopped me venturing far and I spent my hour’s exercise either racing as far as I could on the bike or trotting up and down Hill 60 at Roundhay Park. When lockdown eased and we were allowed out, we did several 15-mile walks, around Settle, Upper Wharfedale and Ilkley. I felt fit and ready for the challenge.”

With the support of professional mountain guides, Suzanne successfully completed the challenge in 22 hours and 32 minutes, reaching the peaks of Snowdon in Wales, Scafell Pike in England and Ben Nevis in Scotland within the required time of 24 hours.

“The training really paid off. Although it was tough, it was an amazing experience. I met and walked with some fantastic people."

It took a few days for my legs to work properly again but I felt great. I am humbled by the generous support I received, and I’m delighted to have raised over £1000 for this amazing charity.”

To sponsor Suzanne, please visit her Justgiving page.

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