3 Peaks Extreme
At last 3 Peaks Challenge is behind me. Give me a few months and I’ll be able to walk again. Seriously, it wasn’t quite as torturous as I thought it was going to be. Not quite, but close!
I’ve got to admit that last week I was far from certain I’d be saying these three words to you now, but, well – ‘I did it’!
Actually it’s fairer to say we did it, because I know for a fact that I could not have got through the whole thing if it hadn’t been for the support of all the other guys around me and our support team. Putting ourselves though this challenge – 450 cycle miles and conquest of the 3 highest peaks in the mainland UK – contained more than a few fun moments!
Pain and fun. Funny how those concepts could ever go together. But they really do when you take on a challenge like this one. It was 6 days of sheer torture to raise money for our industry charity, Perennial.
We trained hard before the event, but going into the challenge I admitted to everyone that I’d done less training than I should have done, to be honest I think we all felt the same. Which made it all the more nerve-wracking at the start. But it doesn’t take long for nerves and adrenalin to be replaced by sheer exhaustion.
I won’t go into all the details of the challenge (if you’re interested you can see more of what we did here; https://www.facebook.com/3Peaksextreme; http://www.justgiving.com/3PeaksExtreme ), but I would like to tell you a bit about the reason we all did this crazy thing – our industry charity Perennial.
This is a national charity for our industry, for those who work or have worked in horticulture. It supports them and their spouses in times of adversity or need.
Perennial is the first port of call for people who have retired from a career in horticulture and are now looking for financial support or free advice. All of its Trustees serve the charity on a volunteer basis and do a fantastic job supporting people in need. The climbing total £15,000 that we all raised last week will make a huge difference to its work.
All the same, do me a favour and don’t mention any more ‘challenges’ to me for a while!
Till next time,