On Saturday 24th September 2016, a group of intrepid explorers from Axcis departed on a 25 mile, 3 peak challenge in Yorkshire which was to bring with it laughter, tears, fears and ultimately a huge sense of achievement. Not to mention some fantastic fundraising for their chosen charities. Find out more about the event and the highs and lows of the team here (no pun intended).
About the Yorkshire 3 Peaks Challenge
The Yorkshire Three Peaks Challenge takes on the peaks of Pen-y-ghent, Whernside and Ingleborough, usually in this order, and in under 12 hours. 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 Yorkshire Three Peaks route is 24-miles long, and includes 5,200ft (1,585m) of ascent.
The day in pictures
A picture usually speaks a thousand words, so these fantastic shots of the day must speak even more!
Hear from some of the Axcis team on their experience
Catherine Friel – Senior Director for Axcis
- What was the high point of the event for you? The high point was reaching the finish! Not because it was over but because of the enormous sense of achievement and the pride that goes along with that. 3 months of hard work had all paid off and it was quite emotional. We had a little team hug and a big cheer and then walked back to the house to put our feet up. Only I didn’t put my feet up. I kept walking around and tidying up the breakfast mess. I also had a big bowl of leftovers from the night before!
- What was the low point? It may sound odd but the low point was when I realised that it was all over. I’d been looking forward to it so much for 3 months and I felt quite sad when it was done. I didn’t feel low during the walk. I managed to stay in very good spirits and positive throughout.
- How much did you raise? £541.98 and counting!
- What charity did you raise it for? Tape Aids for the Blind. It’s a South African charity that records, produces and distributes audio tapes mainly for the visually impaired but also for those with special needs and disabilities that preclude them from being able to hold or read a book. They are also hoping to further their reach to rural schools in south Africa, which is a huge undertaking.
- Any other comments you’d like to add? I stood in a bog about 6 hours in! A humongous, wet, muddy bog! One of my walking books looked like I’d dipped it into a chocolate fountain! No time for cleaning up though. I just had a good old laugh and carried on going for another 4 hours and 27 minutes!
Mat Webber – Regional Manager for Axcis
- What was your high point? High point was the lovely shower after 12 hours of walking!
- What was your low point? Low point was the long climb up the 3rd mountain
- What did you raise money for? I raised money for a digital camera for an art department of s new special school in Bristol
- What would you say to others thinking of doing this challenge? Was an amazing experience and just shows what you can do if you really want to with great friends and colleagues
Susanna Gray – Senior Manager for Axcis
- What was the high point of the event for you? The end – running down the last mountain – its weird how you get energy when you know the finishing line is near.
- What was the low point? Climbing up the 3rd peak, I need to be pushed. I couldn’t move and felt like I was going to collapse/die
- How much did you raise? £520
- What charity did you raise it for? Tape aids for the blind because they help blind people access books in 10 different languages. They all work for free + can’t afford a fundraiser so it felt like I real achievement to raise money for them.
- Any other comments you’d like to add? I would recommend this to anybody because you can not describe the sense of fulfilment you get from winning a physical battle like this and you can relate it to challenges in life. It sounds cliché but now I have more confidence in my abilities to achieve my goals.
Helen Hughes – Head of Vetting, Marketing and Logistics for Axcis
- What was the high point of the event for you? The finish!
- What was the low point? The gradual climb up Whernside Mountain – it was long very long!
- How much did you raise? £625
- What charity did you raise it for? Cancer research UK and Alzheimer’s Research UK
- Any other comments you’d like to add? It was a fab day and had a great team around me that pushed me and motivated me every step of the way. I am so proud of all of us.
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At Axcis, we care passionately about the charities and organisations we support. Not only do our staff take time out of their personal schedules to do events like this, but we also support the NAS, nasen and NASS on a company level, too. We sponsor many events and initiatives run by these organisations and want to show that we care about putting something back into the SEND sector. So, if you would like to work for a company which cares, why not get in touch or register today?