TWO friends from Barnsley are preparing to run the full distance of the Yorkshire Three Peaks Challenge to raise money for Yorkshire Cancer Research.
Lewis Wright and Steven Whitcher, who both work as ecological consultants for Whitcher Wildlife, are hoping to complete the 24.5 mile distance on Saturday, April 1, and have named themselves ‘The Three Peaks Fools’ in tribute to the celebration.
The route involves climbing to the top of Yorkshire’s three highest peaks – Pen-y-Ghent (694m), Ingleborough (723m) and Whernside (736m) - a total ascent of about 1,450m.
Lewis said: “We’re running on the 1st of April but this is no April Fools’ Day prank. In terms of training, it’s going to be tough because we’ve set out to run the whole thing.
“That distance on flat ground is enough, never mind across and up mountains and hills. We started training at the start of January, and we’ve built up our running strength since then, adding a little to the distance of each run per week.
“We’re supporting Yorkshire Cancer Research because we’ve all had friends and close family who have either had or been affected by cancer in some way. Unfortunately my grandad is currently battling against cancer himself, so the charity is very close to my heart.”
The pair are already well on their way to reaching their £400 fundraising target, with £215 given in sponsorship so far.
Cameron Jamieson, Supporter Care Assistant, said: “The Three Peaks Challenge is incredibly tough, so running it will really put Lewis and Steven’s strength, determination and stamina to the test. We wish them the best of luck with their challenge. The money raised will help us raise awareness of cancer, promote screening programmes and fund innovative research projects from diagnosis to end-of life care.”
To sponsor Lewis and Steven, please visit www.justgiving.com/companyteams/ThreePeakFools. For more information about fundraising for Yorkshire Cancer Research, please visit www.ycr.org.uk/teamyorkshire.
Nikki Brady, Senior PR Officer, Yorkshire Cancer Research. Tel: 01423 877228. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Notes to Editors
- Harrogate-based Yorkshire Cancer Research was founded in 1925 and is the largest independent regional cancer charity in England (Registered Charity 516898). We are not part of a national charity.
- We are committed to reducing the devastating impact of cancer on the lives of people living in Yorkshire.
- Our mission is to work in partnership, fund research and support initiatives that will help people in Yorkshire avoid, survive and cope with cancer.
- Current statistics show that 575 people are diagnosed with cancer in Yorkshire every week. Incidence and mortality rates are higher than the England average due to social deprivation, post-industrialisation and lifestyle choices but also availability of healthcare services and difficulties accessing early diagnostics, clinical trials and the latest treatments.
- We aim to:
- Be the leading authority on cancer in Yorkshire, understanding the problems and priorities in the region and sharing knowledge with partners.
- Raise awareness of cancer and how to prevent it by working in local communities, schools and colleges, sports clubs and with other health-related organisations.
- Promote screening programmes and fund research that can improve the diagnosis of cancer so we can detect and treat it at the earliest opportunity.
- Invest in innovative research projects at every stage of a cancer patient's journey.
- Campaign for fair and equal access to the very best healthcare services and a greater share of the money spent nationally on research.
- For further information, please visit www.yorkshirecancerresearch.org.uk or follow us on Facebook or Twitter.