Over 200 family, friends and Steve Prescott Foundation supporters joined in the £Million celebrations at the Yorkshire Three Peaks event at the weekend. 150 walkers tackled the gruelling 24 mile trek over Pen-y-Ghent, Ingleborough and Whernside raising funds and awareness of the SPF.
The sun was shining as the intrepid walkers set off at 0700 from Horton-in Ribblesdale supported by Kuta Outdoors. Phil Lee and his team provided phenomenal support and expertise throughout the day and the SPF thank them so much for their fantastic work in keeping everyone safe and on track. We highly recommend their services to anyone considering completing walking challenges not only in Yorkshire but right across the UK.
The highlight was not only Passing £Million Pound donations to charities with such a great challenge, but Steve and Linzi’s sons Taylor age 14 and Koby age 9 completing the challenge with Linzi. It really shows how passionate they all are at continuing Steve's legacy and following in the great mans footsteps.
The main party of walkers stayed at the Dalesbridge Centre who were perfect hosts for the large group and for the party celebrations on Saturday night at such short notice. Special thanks to Martin and Karis for looking after everyone.
The event was not without its own logistical challenges including a change of venue 10 days before the event. In true SPF fashion the SPF was supported by a large number of companies without whom the event would not have been possible. Hope Concrete provided toilet facilities on site and also provisions for the weekend. Cooks of Rainford supplied the delicious Hog Roast, burgers and silverside beef for the evening celebrations. Exelby Foods of Hull provided the fuel to keep the walkers going throughout the day by their donation of sausage & bacon on the 800 bread rolls supplied by Warburtons. Fantastic work from chef Rob Davies who was up at 0500 on Saturday morning cooking breakfast for everyone and for working tirelessly to keep everyone fed right through the day.
AG Barr provided 500 bottles of water for the walkers on their challenge and also cans of pop for the evening. Camping tents, marquees and gazebos were provided by Nick Mussell and Rainford Scouts and Access Utilities provided a marquee and gazebo. The Imperial Bar and Terrace of St Helens provided a marquee and tables. Linacre Plant Hire provided the lighting, Thatto Heath ARLFC provided the staging for Manchester based Indie band Red Light Effect who provided the fantastic evening entertainment at the party at very short notice, also giving up their services free of charge. Bardon Concrete supplied the generator for the whole event and Vinyline provided the banners for the whole event.
Thanks to the support for the walkers on the day and especially Andy Connor who drove the mini bus provided by CMH Car Hire of St Helens who also provided a Transit Van for the weekend. Le Brunch of Culcheth provided the delicious flapjacks as sustenance for the walkers. Bartons Pickles for supplying the condiments, pickles and sauces for the evenings BBQ.
A sincere thank you to all the walkers who took part in the challenge. Everyone came back safely although there were a few who succumbed to various sprains or fatigue who didn’t quite finish the full course. The commitment and good humour throughout the day was infectious and support for #TeamPrecky immense. Walkers included BBC North West Tonight’s Beccy Barr, Rugby League Legends Ade Gardner, Iestyn Harris, Chris Joynt, Dave Lyon, Adrian Morley, Paul Newlove, Barrie McDermott and Paul Wellens. Also completing the walk were Emmerdale stars Isabel Hodgins and Michael Parr who was one of several of the 40 strong SPF party including Taylor and Linzi Prescott taking part in the Spectrum Everest Base Camp Challenge in October who also took up the Y3P challenge as part of their training. SPF ambassador Jimmy Gittins provided essential encouragement at check points on the course.
Guests in the evening included SPF ambassadors Andy Gregory, and Paul Sculthorpe who gave some fond reminiscences of their early days of support to Steve Prescott at the inception of the SPF and their continued support of the SPF. A very special guest was Georgios Vrakas consultant transplant surgeon from Oxford University Hospital.
Special thanks to all the volunteers who supported the weekend and to the Prescott Family and the SPF committee and families for their continued support. Ash Sanford worked tirelessly all week to get everything in place – and taking everything back to St Helens at the end of the event too. Thank you Ash for your fantastic continued support.
Martin Blondel General Manager of the SPF
"I have to honestly say that this event was one of the toughest in the history of the SPF, from a logistical and physical point of view. It was the perfect way to pass the £Million mark in donations to charity.
To see the Prescott family all tackle the Three Peaks and complete was special, it was amongst the highest achievements of the SPF. Steve would be so rightly proud and it is a testament to his legacy and the families determination to continue helping those less fortunate.
When Steve first set up the SPF in 2007 we never dreamed that we would ever raise such a phenomenal amount of money. I am overwhelmed by the benevolence of folk and i know the great man would be too!"
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