There’s still time to make sure you’re in peak condition for walking challenge

Participants of Rennie Grove's 3 Peaks Challenge, 2013 PNL-140724-170228001
Participants of Rennie Grove's 3 Peaks Challenge, 2013 PNL-140724-170228001

Dust off your walking boots and make the most of the Vale’s beautiful countryside all while raising money for a hospice charity.

Rennie Grove Hospice Care’s Chilterns 3 Peaks Challenge returns in September for its sixth year, and hundreds of walkers will be taking part in the event to raise vital funds for the charity which cares for people in their final days.

The annual fundraiser along the Ridgeway takes place on Sunday, September 14 and is a scaled-down version of the renowned Three Peaks Challenge which involves climbing Ben Nevis, Snowden and Scafell Pike.

Participants have a choice of either a five, nine or 18-mile sponsored walk through the beautiful Chilterns hills – taking in Whiteleaf Cross, Coombe Hill and Ivinghoe Beacon – with all routes starting and finishing at Princes Risborough School.

Rennie Grove’s events fundraiser Gemma Martin said: “The choice means there’s something for everyone so the whole family can enjoy a day out, including the dog. We live in such a scenic area and this is a great excuse to get out in the countryside and raise money for a local cause at the same time.”

All walkers will experience the first two peaks after completing the five mile route from Princes Risborough to Wendover. There will be a barbeque offering everyone the chance to purchase a burger to refuel before the five-mile entrants return to their cars on buses kindly provided by Arriva.

The nine-mile walkers will then be bussed to Tring to complete the additional four miles by climbing the third peak, Ivinghoe Beacon.

Transport will again be provided back to Princes Risborough School, but those taking on the ultimate challenge of the 18-mile route – which proved to be the most popular last year – will continue walking from Wendover to complete the entire route on foot before catching a bus back to their cars.

Gemma said: “Last year, we had a fantastic turn out with more than 550 people taking part, raising over £30,000 – enough to fund a nurse for a year.

“This year we’re once again encouraging those taking part to raise as much money as possible, either by asking friends, colleagues or family to sponsor them or by holding other fundraising events.”

Registration costs £20 for adults and £10 for children aged five to 16, with under 5s going free.

For more information visit the website here or call 01442 820740.