As the 10 peaks challenge nears, our brave team ups their training in order to improve their endurance before the big day! With just 25 days to go until the event, the team decided to take on a 10 mile training session in Anglezarke, near Rivington. I was lucky enough to be invited along, to get a feel for what the challenge might entail – to say it was hard work would be an understatement! The route covered 10 miles of beautiful countryside, copious amounts of mud and so much uphill that the very thought of climbing a set of stairs later that night struck fear into me!
It gave me a great insight into the views of each of the participants, and shed light on their reasons for wanting to raise money for Embrace, mostly because of all of the support that is offered through different services, the support that could be offered to different people and the positive outcomes that had been achieved. This was genuinely heart-warming, to be involved with such a devoted group of people.
Although it was tiring, and physically very demanding, the team’s spirits were never dampened (even in the rain!) and the feeling that stuck with me most was the amazing team spirit. Even the beautiful dogs that accompanied us stuck alongside, even waited until everybody had passed at times. Everybody encouraged each other, and supported each other through, which really reflected the values and aspirations of Embrace Wigan and Leigh.
The 10 peaks challenge is going to be much more difficult, Spanning 16 miles and climbing more than 8000 feet in one day, this challenge will test the 5 to the limit. On Saturday 19th May, spanning 16 miles and climbing more than 8000 feet in one day, this challenge will test the 5 to the limit. Every penny raised will bring them on to their goal and help Embrace to continue their invaluable support for individuals and families within Wigan and Leigh. All donations are gratefully received and will really push the team during their expedition.
Keep an eye out for more blogs, as I’m going to be interviewing each of the team in the run up to the event. But for now, I’m off to rest my legs!
– Sarah Marsh