Bogs, wind and rain are no match for these adventurers

Proud: Stacey hiking up Ingleborough during the charity walk in memory of her cousin, Lcpl Graham Shaw
Proud: Stacey hiking up Ingleborough during the charity walk in memory of her cousin, Lcpl Graham Shaw
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A GROUP of 20 adventurers tackled the three Yorkshire peaks, in memory of their serviceman cousin who died in action in Afghanistan.

Lcpl Graham Shaw was killed in Afghanistan on February 1, 2010.

Since then his family have continued to raise vital funds for the Yorkshire Regiment Benevolence fund.

Their latest challenge saw cousin Stacey Fitzgibbon, from Elland, and 19 family and friends climb all the Yorkshire three peaks within 12 hours.

They set off in three groups.

The first, made up of Stacey Fitzgibbon, Joseph Fitzgibbon, Mark Cooper, Gary Atkinson, David Bassinder, Steven Smith, Martyn Hayes and David Hepworth, started their journey at 6.20am.

Another two groups followed them up the hills.

One was led by Jim Delehunty and wife Jane and two of their friends. Jim, who had a shattered bone in his foot, had to take the trek slower.

The final group left an hour later.

Stacey’s group took just an hour to ascent Pen-y-ghent but their trip down saw all the group get stuck in bogs.

“It kept us laughing and talking at least. We were keeping Graham’s memory alive as we were all close friends when he was here and we were saying how he would have probably lapped up by now with a short stop in the pub,” said Stacey.

Their first break at around 11 miles saw the aches and pains begin.

“Whernside, the second peak, was a challenge for us all but we did it. The hardest part was coming down that peak as it was all stones and gravel, which was not too kind on our knees and ankles,” said Stacey.

The group survived the vertical climb of the third peak despite winds picking up. They completed the trek in 10 hours 52 minutes.

“The 24.5-mile trek was a very, very gruelling challenge but the eight of us worked very well together. We all had our moments of not being able to carry on at different points so we all encouraged.

“Graham was being talked about non-stop as he would have loved that kind of challenge.”

Some of the group have already agreed to complete the national Three Peaks next June.

“Let’s hope we raise just as much money and have as much fun,” said Stacey.

Their heroic efforts raised more than £2,000.