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The three peaks of Pen-y-ghent, Ingleborough and Whernside are among the best known hills in the Yorkshire Dales National Park and the 24.5 miles circuit, with an ascent of 1,500, is a well-known challenge both physically and mentally.

Taking the three peaks challenge involves walking the circular route, scaling each peak in turn, aiming for a time of less than 12 hours.

As a fundraising activity it has to be one of the most scenic, and the growing popularity of outdoor pursuits is seeing more and more people choosing to raise money for charity by taking the three peaks challenge.

York Teaching Hospital Charity is once more inviting people to join them on Saturday 22 June where last year’s teams walked a total of 1764 miles to raise funds for patients with dementia.

Simon Wilford from the IT team at York Hospital took part last year. Simon said: “A few family members have suffered with dementia which has affected the whole family so I was keen to take the challenge.Simon, Simon and Alistair

“I was part of a team and we had trained for a few months beforehand, taking trips to the Yorkshire Dales and conquering each peak individually so we knew what we were letting ourselves in for.  Building team spirit and enjoying the camaraderie helped motivate us for the task ahead.

“Even though the challenge was extremely difficult and exhausting I will definitely be back again next year to try and beat my time.  It was a great day out and thoroughly enjoyable, the sense of achievement was out of this world.

“To make the day even more special my family jumped out at the finish line to surprise me with a birthday picnic including cake and a much needed beer - what a day!”

It is only £30 to register for the event and every pound that is raised in addition to your registration fee will help the charity support patients during their stay in hospital.

People can register as an individual or as part of a team by clicking here.

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