Caving, cycling, canoeing and mountain walking from the bottom of Giant’s Hole near Castleton to the top of Scafel Pike in the Lake District. This was the challenge for over twenty outdoor enthusiasts supported by twenty supporters as they gathered at Castleton at 7.00 am on Friday 17th. June. They faced a tough physical challenge, all to raise money for their new charity, Challenge Cancer Through Adventure. Five of them have had or still have cancer. They all enjoy outdoor activities and they want to give other people with cancer the opportunity to do the same.
The caving phase went well, the last group emerging from the cave at 1.00pm. No time to rest, it was on to the bikes for a ride to Bury via canal tow paths and cycle ways through Manchester.
Saturday promised to be a hard day, 95 miles of cycling over the Pennines, through the Yorkshire Dales to the southern tip of Lake Windermere. The cyclists were supported at regular intervals with stops for drinks and food.
Sunday, the final day was to be even tougher. It began with a ten mile canoe along the length of Lake Windermere. The weather was good and the water calm. After a short rest and change of clothes it was back on the bikes and cycle to Langdale. Another change of kit for the walk and scramble up Jack’s Rake on Pavey Ark and onwards to the summit of Scafel Pike.
Twenty three happy people reached the top in thick cloud at 7.00pm. There was a positive charge in the air created by the enthusiasm and energy radiating from the whole group. The Challenge had been successfully completed, more than £12,000 had been raised for the Charity. They can now look to help others achieve their ambitions.