100 Challengers take on Charity Link’s Leicestershire 3 Peaks to ensure local families in need are warm, safe and fed

24th September 2019

100 challengers braved the rain to take on Charity Link’s 16 mile ‘Leicestershire 3 Peaks Challenge’ on Sunday 22nd September to help raise over £10,000 for local people in need.

It was the fourth running of the annual Charity Link challenge, which starts and ends at Bradgate Park and takes in the peaks of Beacon Hill, Bardon Hill (the highest point in Leicestershire) before finishing with Old John.

Lord-Lieutenant of Leicestershire, Mr Mike Kapur, set the challengers on their way and the heavy rain later in the day didn’t damper spirits. Everyone completed the challenge, with the first home being runner Graham Grewcock, who took just two hours 21 minutes to complete Charity Link’s unique route.

A new Corporate Team Competition was part of the event for the first time, with local businesses, including Deli France Wigston, Freeths Solicitors, Regional Recruitment, Reynolds Catering, Advanced Mortgage Solutions, Glen Dental and Taylor Hobson taking part.  The winners – the first team to finish with 4-6 members crossing the finish-line together – were ‘One Tentacle Loose’, a team from Octopus Energy, based at Carlton Square in the city. They finished in just over four hours 30 minutes and were presented with the Competition Cup.

All those taking part raise funds to help provide essential items to local people in need, including food, clothing, beds and cookers.  Charity Link works throughout Leicester, Leicestershire, Rutland and Northamptonshire and supports over 5,000 individuals and families each year who are experiencing financial hardship.

Susan McEniff, Director of Charity Link, who has completed the Challenge herself each year since the event started in 2016, says: “We are delighted that our Leicestershire 3 Peaks is increasing in popularity each year and we had such a diverse range of people joining us this year, with walkers in their seventies along with our youngest ever challenger, eleven year old Siyana Kotecha who was part of the Glen Dental team and did amazingly, coming in with her team, including mum Lina, in just over seven hours.

It was tough and wet, but everyone kept going with a smile and the spirit at the finish-line was fantastic.  We are going to be able to improve the lives of so many local people in need as a result of the support we’ve received.”

To find out more about the annual Challenge and Charity Link’s work visit www.charity-link.org