Last weekend was truly epic for Team Inhouse Outdoors. Alan, Amy, Darren (our token non-Oxfam team-mate) and Janine took to the Yorkshire Dales as part of Trailtrekker 2013.
It’s safe to say that we were hit by quite a few setbacks. I (Amy) sprained my ankle before the first checkpoint – how do you even do that?? Darren got a groin strain and dropped out at 65km, despite hobbling along valiantly for a while. Janine grew to curse every single hill and suffered from a spot of heat exhaustion during the closing stages. And Alan hurt his achilles tendon around five miles from the end. At times it looked like injury might cause us to finish over the 30-hour mark – or even, not at all. But thanks to some very healthy team spirit, we turned up at the finish line – covered in Compeed – 29.5 hours later.
It sounds horrendous – and it was. But it was also brilliant and an experience we’ll never forget. And, we raised more than £3,000 for Oxfam – thanks a lot to everyone who contributed to that.
And finally, it would have all been a million times harder without our amazing support crew – which included our very own Jon Stewart and his legendary green camper van. We arrived at every checkpoint broken, but we always left ready to go again. I’m not sure how they managed it – and it was a pretty thankless task at the time too.
Here are a few photos from our adventure. The good ones were taken by Alan, obviously.