Well, I'm very excited/nervous to announce that I am doing the Yorkshire 3 Peak Challenge this summer with my friend, Karen Goss. For those of you who haven't heard of this challenge before, it involves hiking 37 kilometres over three peaks in Yorkshire - Pen y Ghent, Whernside and Ingleborough - in a target time of 12 hours.
If you know me, you will know very well that I never enjoy doing any more walking than is absolutely necessary (which is why I avoided Duke of Edinburgh at all costs in my school years and passing my driving test was one of the best days of my life!) so this will be a really tough challenge for me. As will be the case for Karen who, although she takes her dog Barley for long walks each day, unfortunately suffers from dodgy knees!
But, hardships aside, Karen and I are doing this challenge for a very good cause. In December 2010, I lost my beautiful mum, and Karen lost her dear friend, Lynn Warman, to leukaemia. At such a young age, and so fit and healthy, it was a horrific shock to everyone when she was diagnosed. From then on, she fought relentlessly for ten months against acute myeloid leukaemia. I'm not sure I will ever be able to find the words to describe the sadness we feel now she's gone. Karen and I are (hoping) to complete the Yorkshire 3 Peaks Challenge, and get lots of sponsorship on the way for the amazing charity, Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research.
I have had the opportunity of working closely with the charity, as a Committee Member and volunteer, and I have seen and heard of the amazing developments the charity is making every day. Any donation is so gratefully received and carefully invested. We want to help those still fighting blood cancers and their families, to get the help and support they desperately need.
It's up to us to do the hard work! The Yorkshire 3 Peaks is no walk in the park! Unfortunately the training programme has been tentatively inspected... we are required to do a LOT of exercise in preparation! By June (two months before the challenge) we have to be doing 3 different types of workout consisting of aerobic and strength training. More pointedly, this means we should be doing a bare minimum of 360 minutes training a week and a maximum of 790... suddenly the excitement seems to have gone! I intend to post another blog at a later stage in my training. Currently I am in Phase 1, doing 30 minutes of jogging 3 times a week whilst I have revision for my university exams, but it's all uphill from here.....!!!
Thank you for taking the time to read my blog and do please help our cause by visiting our JustGiving page at www.justgiving.com/Lynn-Warman!
Wish us luck!