Three peaks challenge

Sophie Reed and Connie Lumsdon during their Three Peaks Challenge (S)
Sophie Reed and Connie Lumsdon during their Three Peaks Challenge (S)

Despite torrential rain two Ripon Cathedral Choristers completed the Three Peaks Challenge to raise funds for charity.

Sophie Reed and Connie Lumsdon scaled the three peaks in less than twelve hours to raise money for the Ripon Cathedral Organ Restoration Appeal and Cystic Fibrosis Trust.

The 13-year-olds wanted to give a parting gift to the cathedral to mark their time there.

The 24.9 mile walk up Pen-Y-Ghent, Whernside and Ingleborough raised £1,100 for their chosen charities.

“Having climbed the first peak in only one and a half hours, I fell over time and time again in the boggy wet ground at the base of Whernside,” said Sophie.

“Eventually however, the rain turned to drizzle and Connie and I powered on to climb the last peak of Ingleborough.

“The mist at the top made it impossible to see in front of you, once we had descended the last of the three peaks, we ran the last mile back to the village, determined to finish the walk in twelve hours.

“Although the challenge was extremely wet and tiring, we were delighted that we had finished in record time and our iPods kept us going during the last mile.

“We are so proud of our achievement and very happy we have raised so much money for two good causes.”

The Organ Restoration Appeal will receive £800 towards and £300 will go to The Cystic Fibrosis Trust.

Work on the Organ starts in Spring 2013 and will take nine months to complete.