After months of planning, this month saw the John Roe team travel out to the beautiful Yorkshire Dales to tackle the popular Three Peaks challenge.
Testing endurance, the challenge was accepted by Tom Roe (Managing Director), Steve Kelly (Operations Director), Chris Penny (Fleet Specialist), Chris Sowerby (Senior Sales Advisor), Gary Neve (Lexus Dealer Principle) and Colin Fisher (Customer). The John Roe Group has recently welcomed Chris Penny to the family and the Three Peaks was the perfect opportunity to bond as a team and put everyone through their paces.
Background on the Three Peaks
The Yorkshire Three Peaks Challenge takes on the peaks of Pen-y-ghent, Whernside and Ingleborough. These peaks form part of the Pennine range, and encircle the head of the valley of the River Ribble, in the Yorkshire Dales National Park. The route is an astonishing 24 miles (38.6km), and includes 1585m (5200ft) of ascent. Usually, if completed in this order, most challengers complete it in under 12 hours.
How the day unfolded
After weeks of praying for sunshine and open skies the team were unfortunately faced with tremendously bad weather. However, no rain or wind would get in the way of the John Roe team tackling the peaks - spirits were high and the guys’ determination didn’t falter regardless of the weather.
Battling the torrential downpour, the team took on the first and second peak with ease. But the only problem the group faced at this point was getting past the pub lingering at the bottom of the second peak. A few members were nearly lost to a cheeky pint but the guys soldiered on to complete the challenge in an amazing 11 hours. It was a fantastic effort in the conditions and yet they still completed the Three Peaks Challenge in under the average time.
If you ask everyone involved I’m sure they’ll each tell you a different story but one thing they can all agree on is that it was a fantastic, memorable experience that gave the group a real chance to get to know each other. A huge success on all accounts, but one question remains, what will the John Roe team take on next? The team have made it vocal that there could be a possibility of the national three peaks!
What do you think the John Roe Group should take on next?