2014 - 40 YEARS OF THE THREE PEAKS
It seems a lifetime since Denis Knowles and Denis Turner of the Leeds Telephone Area Social Club conceived the idea of an inter-Area walking competition, to be based on the popular challenge walk covering the Yorkshire Three Peaks (it was 1974). After all these years, with only one year off for Foot and Mouth, the current committee wants to retire gracefully after 2014 because of increasing age and senility. When you read this Mick Abbott will be drawing his State Pension! This did not automatically mean that the event had to end - we wanted people who are still within BT to keep it going. The current committee members will of course advise and support our new BT people. Graeme Raisbeck and Chris Holden will now lead on promotion of the event from inside BT.
The event takes in Yorkshire's 3 proudest mountains, Penyghent, Whernside and Ingleborough, covering a distance of 24 miles with 5000 feet of ascent. The walk is done in teams of 4 and a specified amount of equipment has to be worn/carried for safety reasons (see rule sheet). We man 9 checkpoints and at 2 of these supply hot and cold drinks (if you are carrying a mug). The checkpoints have radios to summon assistance if required and to ensure that nobody has strayed on the fells. A minibus makes regular trips up and down the valley taking walkers back to Horton-in-Ribblesdale should they have reached their goal or limit.
BT Staff & Friends Yorkshire Three Peaks
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