MK College staff battered and bruised but triumphant in Three Peaks Challenge

Fri 11 Jul 2014

Yorkshire’s famous Three Peaks were formed more than three hundred million years ago, which by coincidence, is roughly the age some of Milton Keynes College’s staff are feeling after their triumphant fund-raising climb of the mountains of Pen-y-Ghent, Whernside and Ingleborough.
Twenty-three members of staff clambered, walked and occasionally trudged over the twenty-five mile circuit within the designated twelve hour target time, raising thousands of pounds for Willen Hospice in the process. 

The resultant injury list sees members of the learned team hobbling about the College’s three campuses and reads like an orthopaedic twelve days of Christmas including six aching shoulders, five chronic blisters, four exploding knee joints, three painful bottoms, two strained quads and one unspecified severe allergic reaction around the ankles.

Deputy Principal, and experienced Three-Peaker, Nick Isles (sore hamstrings, calves, feet and Achilles) says, “We climbed over 2000 feet in total and some parts were actually quite steep both going up and coming down. They might as well have offered a choice of base jumping or walking gingerly or slowly down the second peak because it was just so steep.  Tutor Tyrone de Silva ran it in under eight hours and Simon Wallis, who looks after our catering operation strode round in under nine as if wearing turbo charged boots.  Two female members of staff who shall remain nameless tried to get piggy backs up the second peak but were completely and rightly ignored.”

The team are hoping that by the time their fund raising is complete they will have brought in more than £10,000 for Willen Hospice.  City businesses have already dug deep in support of the team’s efforts including ASHE Construction, Century Facades, Hewitsons LLP, Total BUILD and Designcubed.  EdenMEC, Lime Square and Cotswold Camping also kindly provided free transport and walking and camping equipment.  Further donations can still be made at

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